We’re just weeks away from the world premiere of children’s opera The Three Feathers, commissioned by the Center for the Arts and composed by Lori Laitman, with libretto by Dana Gioia.

The cast and crew of The Three Feathers have been working feverishly to prepare for opening night on Friday, Oct. 17, and we have a first sneak peek at some of the beautiful music from the opera.

For instance, here’s Dora’s aria from The Three Feathers, and for more behind-the-scenes action, check here for a look back at the gorgeous costume renderings for the opera as well.

We even got a peek a few weeks ago at an early costume fitting for two of the actors–which was incredible to begin to see the renderings come to life! Virginia Tech students Liam Dillon, who plays the King, and Katherine Combs (Tilda) met with Jane Stein, assistant professor of costume design here at VT, as well as Beth Christensen (costume shop manager) and Cathleen Conner (first hand stitcher).

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Tickets are still available for each of the four scheduled performances: Friday, October 17, 2014 at 7:30 PM; Saturday, October 18, 2014, at 2 PM and 7:30 PM; and Sunday, October 19, 2014, at 2 PM. We can’t wait to share this beautiful experience with you!