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Drama and opera from New World

New world Lots cooking on stage in downtown Miami this week, courtesy of the New World School of the Arts.

Tonight through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and again on Sunday at 2 p.m., students in the college theater division (including Breeza Zeller and Jameson Hammond, shown in the photo) will perform three short plays by Noel Coward.  Gail Garrisan directs Red Peppers, Hands Across the Sea and We Were Dancing, describing them as "...an appetizer of the feast that is Coward's legacy."  Admission is just $12 ($5 for students and seniors), and the plays will be presented in the Louise O. Gerrits Theatre at New World, 25 NE Second St.  Call 305-237-3541 or visit New World's web site for info.

A larger undertaking from New World's College Opera Theater Ensemble happens Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, 174 E. Flagler St.  Jeffrey Buchman directs students in Bedrich Smetana's The Bartered Bride, an opera about young lovers outwitting older folks.  The college's symphony orchestra, conducted by Alfred Gershfeld, will play Smetana's music.

Admission to The Bartered Bride is $10 ($5 for students and seniors).  Get more info at the web site or call 305-237-7855.

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