MARLINTON, WV (WVNS) — History was made Friday, October 11, 2019 at the Pocahontas County Opera House.
The Opera House first came to life in 1910, and saw numerous artists take the stage since then. According to Brynn Kusic, the Operations Manager at the opera house, opera has not been performed much at all inside the building.
“The reality is that when these rural opera houses were constructed, they were actually built as vaudeville theaters and they were called opera houses to help elevate their status,” Kusic said.
Local Opera Local Artists traveled to Pocahontas County to help Kusic make history in Marlinton. Julia Taylor, with LOLA, said they all fell in love with opera and work to keep such an old art alive.
“You have characters and you have stories and the music just carries so much of the storyline. You don’t have to understand the language and you can immideately feel the emotions,” Taylor said.
Marlinton Elementary School students made up the first audience to see this special event. They were making history while also receiving a history lesson.
“Opera’s one of the oldest art forms, and they’re going to get to hear what music sounded like before we had amplification, so that’s really exciting to share with them,” Kusic said.
“It’s always so fun to see their initial reactions because they’re so floored by the sound. A lot of them, they might giggle, their mouths might drop open, they might cover their ears, and by the end of it they leave sort of doing their own version of opera singing,” Taylor said.
Kids are not the only ones who get to enjoy this moment. On Saturday, October 12, LOLA will perform for the public at 7:30 p.m.