Penticton artist debuts opera about bullying

Spoken artist Shane Coyczan has converted a poem into the libretto for the Vancouver Opera production of "Stickboy" which debuts in Vancouver Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014.
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VANCOUVER – Penticton spoken word artist Shane Koyczan will be sitting nervously in the audience at the Vancouver Playhouse Thursday night for the world premiere of the opera “Stickboy."

The Vancouver Opera production is based on Koyczan’s poem of the same name. The words are by Koyczan and composer Neil Weisensel wrote music.

It’s his autobiographical story about a young man’s struggles with the harmful impacts of bullying.

Koyczan recently published his latest poem “Shoulders” to YouTubeHe also performed with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra earlier this year.

The poet hit the world stage following his powerful performance during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games opening ceremony in Vancouver.

“Stickboy” runs until Nov. 7 at the Vancouver Playhouse.

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