Friday, November 07, 2014

Humorous and Heartfelt: Opera Workshop Does Musical Theatre

HSU Opera Workshop presents humorous and heartfelt solos, duets and group scenes from musical theatre for two performances, Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, November 7 and 8 in Fulkerson Recital Hall.

 “This semester’s Opera Workshop class has focused on the basic stagecraft skills involved in musical theater and opera—using voice and movement to create effective storytelling, ” said Elisabeth Harrington, director of the Workshop and HSU professor of music. 

 Workshop students present scenes and tunes from Les Miserables, South Pacific, Miss Saigon, Annie Get Your Gun and other classic and contemporary musicals. 

 There will also be scenes for and about children, including several from the children’s musical Annabelle Broom—the Unhappy Witch. In December the Opera Workshop will perform that complete show for elementary school students in Humboldt County. 

 Performers are Makenna Baker, Ana Ceja, Paige Crownover, Sean Laughlin, Stephanie Lemon, Cora Rickert, Alberto Rodriguez, Jessie Rawson and Kimberly Sarmiento. John Chernoff is the pianist. Catherine Brown designed costumes and Christopher Joe designed the lighting.

 HSU Opera Workshop performs Friday November 7 at 8 p.m. and Saturday November 8 at 4 p.m. in Fulkerson Recital Hall at HSU. Tickets from HSU Ticket Office (826-3928) or at the door: $8 general, $5 seniors and children, HSU students with ID admitted free.  Directed by Elisabeth Harrington, produced by HSU Music Department.

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