Friday, November 07, 2014

Opera Workshop: Notes and Program

 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. The repertoire we present this evening features twelve different stories, ranging from solo scenes to full ensembles, and from the heartfelt to the petty, to the comic. We have included several scenes for and about children.

 In mid-November, the members of the Opera Workshop will travel to Oakland to present portions of our show for middle and high school students. And, in December, we will present performances of Annabelle Broom-The Unhappy Witch for elementary school students in Humboldt County.

 Please join us again in spring of 2015, when the Opera Workshop class will partner with HSU Symphony instrumentalists to present Henry Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas in Gist Hall, conducted by Paul Cummings.

Singers: Makenna Baker, Ana Ceja, Paige Crownover, Sean Laughlin ,Stephanie Lemon, Cora Rickert,  Alberto Rodriguez, Jessie Rawson, Kimberly Sarmiento.

Director: Elisabeth Harrington
Pianist: John Chernoff
Costumes: Catherine Brown
Lighting: Christopher Joe

The Program

 “I’m Gonna Wash that Man Right Out-a My Hair” from South Pacific (Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein): All women singers

 “Pulled” from The Addams Family (Andrew Lippa): Makenna

 “Plant a Radish” from The Fantasticks (Tom Schmidt and Harvey Jones): Alberto and Sean

 “Turning Turning” from Les Miserables (Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil): All women

 “Kindergarten Love Song” (Drew Gasparini): Jessie

 “The Last Night of the World” from Miss Saigon (Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil): Kimberly and Sean

 “What is this Feeling?” from Wicked (Stephen Schwartz): Makenna and Stephanie

 “Who Will Love me as I Am?” from Side Show (Henry Krieger and Bill Russell): Cora and Jessie

“Anything You Can Do” from Annie Get Your Gun (Irving Berlin): Paige and Alberto

 “Swamps of Home” from Once Upon a Mattress (Mary Rodgers and Marshall Barer): All Women, with special appearance as “Dauntless” by Sean.

 Scenes from Annabelle Broom-The Unhappy Witch (Eleanor and Ray Harder): Jessie and Alberto

 “Racing with the Clock” from The Pajama Game (Richard Adler and Jerry Ross): Full Company

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