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August 14, 15, 16, 2009

Smith Opera House 
82 Seneca St
Geneva NY 14456

Friday, Saturday – 8pm

Sunday – 2pm

$12 adults, $10 students & seniors

It’s 1985 and rock?star wannabe Robbie Heart is New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer. He’s the life of the party, until his own fiancee leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. Enter Julia, a winsome waitress who wins his affection. Only trouble is Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark, and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever. With a brand new score that pays loving homage to the pop songs of the 1980’s, THE WEDDING SINGER takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up, and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room.

We are proud to have talented actors from throughout the region involved in this production. Filling the leading roles are Matthew Vitticore as Robbie, Laura D. Feligno as Julia, Patrick Fegley as Sammy, Megan Craver as Holly and Ian Johnson as George. The supporting roles will be played by Lorelei Mellon as Rosie, Rae Stanley as Linda, Chad Bourne as Glen, and Anne Brown as Angie. The ensemble fills over 40 distinct character roles from crazy wedding guests to Ronald Reagan impersonators. Giving life to those characters will be Fran Acker, Kenny Baker, Angela Beniamino, Emily Chard, Mariah Ernhout, Suzamie Farnsworth, Lisa Feligno, Dewey Fleszar, Margaret Griffin, Randy Hample, Ashley Hyjer, Todd Lamar, Ted Liddell, Ian Lootens, RJ Rapoza, Holly Smith, Lauren Wilsey. The award?winning production team is led by Director / Choereographer Pam Rapoza and Music Director Annie Bachman.

For directions: http://www.thesmith.org/NewFiles/main.html


Posted: Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 @ 6:17 pm by Lynn
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“The Impresario” and  “Trial by Jury” Live at the Smith Opera House

82 Seneca St
Geneva NY 14456
directions: http://www.thesmith.org/NewFlies/main.html

July 31st and Aug. 1st


$15 adults, $10 students & seniors
$40 Includes Pre-concert reception ( Friday only)

Albert Bergeret directs Mozart’s “The Impresario” and Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Trial by Jury,” two comic one-act operatic masterpieces.

Set in Mozart’s hometown of Salzburg, and peppered with timely references and allusions, “The Impresario” portrays several actors and singers vying for a place in a new company. The process culminates in a vocal duel between high-powered sopranos that is quelled by the hapless impresario and various standers-by.

Included in this production is rarely heard spoken dialogue from the libretto Mozart set to music in 1786 (the same year he composed “The Marriage of Figaro”), a text by a real-life Austrian impresario, Gottlieb Stephanie, the first performer of the title role.

“Trial by Jury” — Gilbert and Sullivan’s first collaboration — is a delicious spoof of a breach of promise trial, a now-forgotten procedure where a man could be sued for withdrawing a proposal of marriage. In the show, the defendant is a roguish playboy, the pretty plaintiff (wearing her wedding dress) flirts shamelessly with the all-male jury, and the amoral judge resolves things with a most unprecedented decision. It premiered at the London Royalty Theatre in 1875 to great acclaim.

Albert Bergeret delighted local audiences last summer with his direction of Johann Straus’s “Die Fledermaus” for American Landmark Festivals and The Smith Opera House. Hailed as “the leading custodian of the G&S classics” by New York Magazine, Bergeret co-founded the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players in 1974 and has served as its Artistic Director and General Manager ever since.

Joining professional opera singers from New York City and Boston in the cast of principal performers are Geneva residents Angela Calabrese, Charles King and Kris Whiteleather.

The chorus for “Trial by Jury” is composed of singers from Geneva, Penn Yan, Ithaca and Rochester including Giorgi Bekauri, Mariami Bekauri, Dave Belding, Susan Belding, Allyn Brand, Holly Bullock, Matthew Craig, Rebecca Frank, Jay Freer, Ruth Freier, Liz Howard, Brendan Kimball, Llewellyn Lafford, Cathy Lawler, Tom McClure, Tim Thomas, Amanda Tourtelette, Lauren Way, Kirby Weimer, and Mary Williams. They have been rehearsing since June, under the direction of Geneva musician, Steven Kane.



Posted: Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 @ 6:10 pm by Lynn
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