"Fertile Ground," a brand-new opera commissioned by Bloomington-Normal's Prairie Fire Theatre, premieres this Sunday at IWU's Presser Hall. "Fertile Ground" was commissioned in 2006, and Nancy Brokaw, who wrote the libretto, and David Vayo, who composed the music, have been workshopping and fine-tuning the piece since then.
When I last saw it, "Fertile Ground" involved a farm family attempting to stay true to their roots and survive in a difficult world, with heartwarming characters and charming touches of humor throughout.
Performances are scheduled for March 28 and 30, and April 1 and 2. FMI: http://www.prairiefiretheatre.org/fertileground.html