Friday, March 28, 2008
Switching from matching bracelets (original opera) to the glass slipper has been challenging. You can't really just yank it out of your pocket. It is a small, but imposing presence onstage, a kind of elephant in the room that demands attention.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Our Assistant Artistic Director and Chorus Master, Stephen Carey, put together a series of performances this week in Jonesboro, Arkansas, Oxford and Corinth, Mississippi, and Jackson, Tennessee. Today's performance was in the little town of Wynne, Arkansas and it was billed as "Divas and Daffodils." It was held in a beautiful back yard.
At one point, the family cat, a very large and friendly Tom, decided to lie down right in front of our Cinderella, Rachel Waiters, while she sang "My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord."
The Easter Bunny also put in an appearance.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Memphis has a faux vintage trolley system which makes jolly loop downtown. We are using it to advertise our upcoming production of CINDERELLA (LA CENERENTOLA)
The Rossini opera doesn't actually have a shoe in it. Instead, matching bracelets are used to confirm Cindy's ID. However, in a nod to the Disney interpretation, we have put the glass slipper back into it.
Saturday, March 8, 2008
It did something it almost never does in Memphis--last night it snowed.
I've been helping out a very little bit with an extraordinarily talented group of musicians here--Delta Capella.
They are a group of male singers from very diverse backgrounds who sing a capella music that ranges from doowop to classical. It takes lots of hours of practice and a good ear. The group has a wonderful collaborative vibe. They have a concert coming up at the Bartlett Performing Arts Center.
Its an impressive art form, and worth checking out.