A studio production of the children’s Christmas opera, “Lucinda y las Flores de la Nochebuena,” produced by the Fall MCJ 120 class and directed by Professor Candace Egan, has received a 2017 Communicator Award of Distinction.

The original opera, by composer Evan Mack and librettist Joshua McGuire, was recorded in a special performance in Studio A last December and aired on CMAC’s educational channel for Christmas.

In addition to several area K-12 schools, the four-member Fresno State student cast performed live at the Woodward Park Regional Library and at the Square at Campus Pointe.

The 45-minute production, directed by Dr. Anthony Radford, Fresno State music professor, is based on a Mexican folktale about the spirit of giving at Christmastime and the use of poinsettias for the holiday.

The Communicator Awards is sanctioned and judged by the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts, an invitation-only group consisting of top-tier professionals from acclaimed media, communications, advertising, creative and marketing firms.

AIVA members include executives from organizations such as Airtype Studio, Big Spaceship, Conde Nast, Coach, Disney, The Ellen Degeneres Show, Estee Lauder, Fry Hammond Barr, Lockheed Martin, MTV Networks, Pitney Bowes, rabble+rouser, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Time, Inc, Victoria’s Secret, Wired, and Yahoo!

To learn more about the AIVA please visit www.aiva.org.