photo by Wendy Mutz

photo by Wendy Mutz

Tosca

by Giacomo Puccini

October 6-8, 2017
Freede Little Theatre
Civic Center Music Hall

Shocking and bold, the powerful story and music of Tosca has captivated audiences for more than 110 years.  Puccini’s opera about the fiery diva Tosca and her battle against the fiendish police chief Scarpia is one of his masterworks along with La Bohème and Madama Butterfly.  Ideal for newcomers to opera as well as long-time enthusiasts, Tosca combines a fast-moving plot with exhilarating music to accelerate into one of opera’s most exciting experiences.

Celebrated diva Floria Tosca lives for art and love and has found both of those in the painter Cavaradossi.  However, her lover has dangerous friends and finds himself in the clutches of the police chief Scarpia, who wants both Tosca’s affections as well as information on the revolution.  Tosca must figure out how to free Cavaradossi while resisting the advances of Scarpia.

Performance is in Italian with English supertitles with orchestra.

Cast:
Tosca -  
Saira Frank ^ (10/6 and 10/8), Nicole Van Every * (10/7)
Cavaradossi - J. Warren Mitchell *^ (10/6 and 10/8), Joel Burcham *^ (10/7)
Scarpia - Thomas Cannon *^ (10/6 and 10/8), Tom Sitzler (10/7)
Sacristan - Kevin Eckard *
Spoletta - Justin Kroll
Angelotti - Dorian McCall *^
Sciarrone - Jin Yu *^
Jailer - Jordan Andrews *^
Shepherd - Megan Billings *

* Oklahoma connection      ^ Painted Sky Opera premiere

Artistic Staff:
Stage Director - 
Rob Glaubitz
Music Director - Jan McDaniel
Technical Director - Scott Hynes
Costume Designer - Becky McGuigan
Stage Manager - Megan Perdue

 photo by Rob Glaubitz

photo by Rob Glaubitz

Souvenir

by Stephen Temperley

February 23-25, march 2-4, 2018
CitySpace Theatre

Civic Center Music Hall

For more than seventy years, the name of Florence Foster Jenkins has been synonymous with unintended comedy for fans of classical singing.  Her recordings of out-of-tune and mumbled songs were passed from one music lover to another as an example of the worst singing that recorded history had to offer.  Most amazingly, Florence had no idea that she was terrible.

 

Stephen Temperley details Florence’s rise to “fame” in this hilarious and touching two-person play with incidental music.  Told from the point of view of Florence’s long-suffering pianist, Cosmé McMoon, Souvenir delves into the long relationship between pianist and singer and reveals how true beauty can come from the least beautiful of singing voices.

Cast:
Florence Foster Jenkins: 
Molly Cason Johnson
Cosme McMoon:  Joey Harbert

Artistic and Technical Staff:
Stage Director:  
Rob Glaubitz
Technical Director:  Scott Hynes
Costume Director:  Becky McGuigan
Stage Manager:  Megan Guerra