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Goshen College grad involved with opera airing on PBS

Goshen College graduate Andrew Landis served as an assistant stage manager for an opera that will be televised nationally on PBS on Friday, Dec. 13.

Posted on Dec. 11, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Dec. 11, 2013 at 3:59 p.m.

GOSHEN — Andrew Landis has been traveling since he graduated from Goshen College in 2009 to work with opera companies across the country, and for the first time, he will see one of the productions he worked with air nationally on television.

Landis, along with opera fans in 30 states, will tune in to PBS this week to watch the Pulitzer Prize-winning production of “Silent Night” that was featured in the Minnesota Opera’s 2011-2012 season. Landis, 27, worked as an assistant stage manager for the production. The show will air in the Michiana region at 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, on WNIT.

Set in Europe during World War I, “Silent Night” tells the story of a group of Scottish, French and German soldiers who negotiate a ceasefire for Christmas to bury their dead.

“The piece takes you through the emotions of war and getting to know your enemy and then what it’s like to go back to war with them,” Landis said. “It’s very powerful.”

Landis’ role as an assistant stage manager meant that he was in charge of making sure the opera ran smoothly, checking that all the right props were ready and getting singers in the correct costumes before they hit the stage.

“To stick with the war motif, we’re like the boots on the ground,” he said about the duties of a stage manager.

Landis is spending time in Boston before he returns to Minnesota in January. He is excited to watch “Silent Night” with his girlfriend and her family on Friday night. Landis will work with the Minnesota Opera until April and then head out to the West Coast where he will be part of a team at the San Francisco Opera through December 2014.

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