Lewis Carroll's "The Hunting of the Snark" - an Opera

NEW DATES... Now Opening on MARCH 5th.

Music by       Edwin Roberts

Music Direction by
Ruth Raubertas


Originally performed in 1971 at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, "The Hunting of the Snark" tells the story of 10 Characters whose names all begin with "B" led by a Bellman who takes them to sea in search of the mysterious Snark.  Along the way the crew, which includes a Baker, a Butcher and a Beaver, encounter strange creatures (such as a Bandersnatch) and unusual situations, all the while being wary that the Snark may be a Boojum and...well... you have to see it to believe it.

The small opera was written originally to be performed for children, but attracted so many adults that it was cited in the Metropolitan Opera's Central Opera Services Bulletin (Winter 1972/73). and was subsequently performed at the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, and in several locations around New York. It has not been performed since 1976 and composer Roberts has reworked significant parts of the score, something he had wanted to do for a long time. Roberts and Tchakirides also created an children's opera version of "The Song Of Hiawatha" in 1973/74.

 Libretto by 
         Bill Tchakirides

Here's an extra: We are adding a new, small piece based on Lewis Carroll's "The Walrus and the Carpenter" to be sung by part of the Snark cast  as an introductory piece.

This is going to be a lot of fun and will add to the evening, as Snark is a relatively short opera.

 Full Circle Theater Company
in Shepherdstown WV
March 5-12, 2010
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00; Sundays at 2:30


 We first presented this "Opera for Children" at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City in 1972. Later, it was done for a one month period at New York's Mannes College of Music. In 1973 the company toured to the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis where it was received with sold-out houses.

It has been 35 years since we presented Snark, and Edwin Roberts has been reworking parts of the score for a completely new production.

A note from Bill Tchakirides/ 6-8-09
I've been working on the scenery concept for Snark. In the past, it was done without a set, but with eight moveable boxes which could be stacked, sat on, stood on, or arranged in a number of formations.

This time, partly to solve a visual problem in the theater and partly to play out a whim, there will be an attempt at scenery. \
Here's the set at opening:

 The ramps at the bottom of the set lead directly into the audience.