Keeping the tradition alive

Palo Alto-based West Bay Opera perseveres through tough times

The mood is positively electric in Lucie Stern Community Theatre's large backstage green room. Singers in plain clothes, partial- and full-costume run through last-minute exercises; across the hall, a thick cloud of hairspray hangs in the air of the small dressing room where a pair of makeup artists are adjusting wigs and feverishly applying the final touches to the actors' already paint-caked faces; fancifully dressed children and adults rush to and fro, and the orchestra begins playing.

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