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Opera meets comedy in 'The Music Shop'

Few people, on stage or off, are funnier than Valerian Ruminski, the noted baritone who is the general director of Nickel City Opera. So it is sure to be memorable when the curtain rises on the company's newest production -- "The Music Shop," a musical comedy by Richard Wargo.

"The Music Shop," based on a short story by Anton Chekhov, is a one-act comedy, sung in English with full sets, costumes and chorus. With its wealth of musical styles, it is described as educational as well as funny. Ruminski will share the stage with other accomplished singers: Sheryl Heather Cohen, Ubaldo Feliciano-Hernandez, and Melissa Parks.

The comedy takes place at Springville Center For the Arts at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 and 18 and at Nichols School's Flickinger Performing Arts Center at 4 p.m. Nov. 19. Tickets are $15 general, students $5. For the performance at the Springville Center for the Arts (37 N. Buffalo St., Springville), call 592-9038. For tickets to the performance at Nichols (1250 Amherst St.), visit

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