2012 Season: June 22 - July 20                 La Bohème                 Giacomo Puccini        A Little Night Music      ...
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Welcome to our 62nd Season!                        Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration        art form. We hope you enjoy y...
IPFAC GoverningBoard Of DirectorsOFFICERS                                          Administrative StaffCarole Langley, Pre...
ContentsWelcome ............................................................3   Staff Bios...................................
Eureka Springs: The Extraordinary Escape  Music has always been at the heart of Eureka…   Over the years, Eureka Springs h...
Bravo! Opera in the Ozarks! The Quilt Shop  2 Center Street • Eureka Springs  in the famous Flatiron Building           47...
New Delhi Cafe                      BREAKFAST • LUNCH • DINNER                          Live Entertainment                ...
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(continued from pg. 8)   Annual Folk Festival, Eureka Springs embraces music   in a big way. The Folk Festival is noted as...
• BØRN • CLARKS • MERRELL • CUSHE • Enjoy the Opera in the Ozarks                                 • CUSHE • KEEN • REEF • ...
www.islandairco.com                                        479-253-6081 • 1-888-363-6081                                  ...
Quicksilver                                                    579 West Van Buren                                         ...
Christ of the Ozarks                                                       45th Anniversary                               ...
WE              OUR COMMUNITYYou’ll love how committed we are to the community.Arvest is excited to partner with you to ce...
Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony HistoryInspiration Point, poetically described as “a mountainous place not too many mil...
The Federation of Music ClubsJoins the TeamFor a number of years Dr. Hobart had been state operachairman for the Oklahoma ...
Growth                                                          universities. Use of the auditorium had its drawbacks     ...
St. Louis, Cleveland and elsewhere. Dr. Van Grove was           of IPFAC students. The objective of Inspiration Point inth...
additions were made to the stage pavilion and the girl’sdormitory. In 1990 a new dormitory, Menees Nelson Hall,was complet...
It’s A Mystery BookStore                   Your gently-used bookstore featuring                    vintage, modern and cla...
National Federation of Music ClubsSouth Central Region State BoardsARKANSAS                            MISSOURI           ...
Building for the FutureOpportunities for Giving                                         SecuritiesInspiration Point Fine A...
Calendar of Events            Sunday             Monday              Tuesday           Wednesday                 Thursday ...
Ernest & Gloria Grilk and the Lawton Schubert Music Club           Salute the Music Camps           Vocal Music Camp      ...
now taking                                                           center                                               ...
Artistic Director Thomas Cockrell                                       “The 62nd season of Opera in the Ozarks builds on ...
The Magic FluteWolfgang Amadeus MozartLibretto by Emanuel SchikanederJune 22, 27, 30July 3, 6, 10, 15, 18                 ...
SynopsisOriginally set in Egypt, this version of The Magic Flute is transported instead to a mythicalAsia where our protag...
A Little Night MusicStephen SondheimBook by Hugh WheelerJune 23, 28July 1, 5, 7, 11, 13, 19                               ...
SynopsisSuggested by Ingmar Bergman’s film “Smiles of a Summer Night,” this musical was one ofSondheim’s most successful p...
La BohèmeGiacomo PucciniLibretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi IllicaJune 26, 29July 2, 8, 12, 14, 20                     ...
SynopsisAct I                                                   they quarrel because of his jealousy. She hidesIt is Chris...
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  1. 1. 2012 Season: June 22 - July 20 La Bohème Giacomo Puccini A Little Night Music Stephen Sondheim The Magic Flute Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  3. 3. Welcome to our 62nd Season! Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration art form. We hope you enjoy your time with our incredibly Point continues to create “Magic on the talented opera company and will support us in the future by Mountain” with the help of our South becoming a member of our organization. Central Region states — Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Each of you, our audience members are a part of the amazing Texas — of the National Federation of culture of fine arts that our country has in abundance, and we Music Clubs. We have seen incredible are so pleased to have you in our audience for this incredible growth and support in the last few season featuring La Bohème, The Magic Flute, A Little Night years regionally and nationally as Music and our outreach opera When Toys Talk, an adaptationwe continue to inspire and train our talented young artists of Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortileges. Let the Bravos begin!in this wonderful art form, Grand Opera! Every summerwe have patrons mention they cannot believe the qualityof our performances and are surprised to find we have somany performances available. Of course the reason is weare continuing the mission of our illustrious founder, Dr.Henry Hobart. He recognized that a program like this wasessential for young artists to receive advanced training in our James H. Swiggart General Director A message from the Board Thank you for supporting Opera in the Ozarks. It is President only with your help that this incredible program can continue to produce beautiful performances and amazing Time to enjoy Opera in the Ozarks young artists. Thank you too, for being here today – an because... enthusiastic audience goes a long way to invigorating and inspiring young singers. The support of local community June is Bustin’ out all Over leaders, businesses and all of Northwest Arkansas is and that song from Rodgers and very important, as are the friends who have substantially Hammerstein’s Carousel reminds us contributed to the program from across this entire Southall of the spectacular performances we can look forward Central Region. We of the IPFAC Board believe the artsto this season at Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration are important to our American way of life and pledgePoint! This summer’s “menu” will excite every palate our continued support for Opera in the Ozarks. If youand it features delicious and enchanting works for all are not yet an IPFAC member, we invite you to join us.to enjoy. From the romantic tenderness of La Bohème to And once more, thank you for being here today – pleasethe delightful charm of The Magic Flute and palpable come again and again.excitement of A Little Night Music, audiences on a starrynight out on ‘Rock Candy Mountain’ will never againbe the same. And speaking of stars, not those in the skybut those on the stage, we’re sure you’ll be seeing manyof our young stars in the future on some of the greatest Carole Langleystages of our country and the world. President, Inspiration Point Governing Board Opera in the Ozarks • 3
  4. 4. IPFAC GoverningBoard Of DirectorsOFFICERS Administrative StaffCarole Langley, President James Swiggart, General DirectorSue Breuer, Vice-President Janice Swiggart, Office ManagerDuane D. Langley, Treasurer Ann Wood, OfficeJean Moffatt, Recording Secretary Margaret Stewart, Food ServiceLavonna Whitesell, Corresponding Secretary Ron Stewart, Food ServiceDoris Whinery, ParliamentarianDon F. Dagenais, Newsletter Editor Jean Kelemen, Food Service Ron Kelemen, Food ServiceMEMBERS Larry Wood, Buildings & GroundsAlice Conway, Tim Danielson, Mary Dolce, Jerry Pritchett, Buildings & GroundsRichard Drapeau, Joan Wells, Ann Lacy, Alice Linda Pritchett, Buildings & Grounds/Food ServiceMartinson, John C. Schmidt, Janice Semrad,Mary Shambarger, Gloria Thrasher, Gene Artistic StaffVollen, Linda Vollen, Debi Havner, Galen Thomas Cockrell, Artistic DirectorHavner, Cletis Williamson, Bill Yick and Gloria Linda Ade Brand, Stage DirectorFebro Grilk (Ex Officio) Robert Swedberg, Stage DirectorCOMMITTEE MEMBERS David Ward, Asst. Director/Drama Coach Adam Boyles, ConductorConnie Craig, Glenda George, Mia Hynes, PamJones, Ouida Keck, Lorraine Long, Kevin McBeth, Michael Dauphinais, Head Vocal CoachAudrey Reeves, Martha Rosenbaum, Judy Sorrell, Stephen Variames, Coach/AccompanistJanice Swiggart, Elise Roenigk Irina Nedelcu, Coach/Accompanist Eiki Isomura, Asst. Conductor/AccompanistNATIONAL COUNCIL Spencer Musser, Scenic Designer/Technical DirectorFrancis Christmann, Mary Costa, Linda Di Fiore, Anna Demenkoff, Asst. Technical DirectorCarroll Freeman, Ken Futterer, Elizabeth Paris, SeifAllah Cristobal, Lighting Designer/OperatorWard Holmquist, W. Stephen Smith, Miriam Patterson-Smith, Costume Designer/Head CostumerRobert Swedberg Adam Espinoza, Asst. Costumer Shannon Fisher, Asst. CostumerBOARD OF TRUSTEES Brandon Ehrenreich, Production Stage ManagerArkansas: Franklin D. Wicks, Chairman Carolyn Reich, Asst. Stage ManagerKansas: Carolann MartinTexas: Lee Meyer Eleanor Rank, Asst. Stage ManagerMissouri: Ida Ruth LocarniOklahoma: Kathryn Hickman Master Classes Rebecca Sherburn, Voice (Univ. of Missouri-Kansas City) Melanie Sonnenberg, Voice (Univ. of Houston) Erick Wolfe, Stage Combat4 • Opera in the Ozarks
  5. 5. ContentsWelcome ............................................................3 Staff Bios......................................................... 37Opera in the Ozarks Staff...............................4 Artist Bios .......................................................44Eureka Springs Music Heritage.....................6 Scholarship Donors ...................................... 54Inspiration Point History...............................16 Orchestra Bios ............................................... 55NFMC SC Region State Boards .................. 22 IPFAC Life Members ..................................... 58Building for the Future/Membership ....... 23 IPFAC Patrons ................................................ 59Calendar of Events ....................................... 24 IPFAC Members .............................................. 61Artistic Director............................................. 27 IPFAC Annual Fund/Building Campaign ... 63The Magic Flute ............................................. 28 IPFAC Corp. & Foundation Contributors .... 64A Little Night Music...................................... 30 Opera in the Ozarks Repertoire ................ 65La Bohème ...................................................... 32 Advertisers Index .......................................... 66L’Enfant et les Sortilèges ............................ 34 Published by Vantage Point CommunicationsOpera Underwriters ......................................36 Opera in the Ozarks • 5
  6. 6. Eureka Springs: The Extraordinary Escape Music has always been at the heart of Eureka… Over the years, Eureka Springs has won a number of 2011 created this comprehensive educational and musical awards and accolades of distinction, including being experience. Working with the Eureka Springs school system, honored as one of Americas Chen and other visiting music faculty Dozen Distinctive Destinations by teach young students in all phases of the National Trust for Historic orchestral performance. Highlighting Preservation. In 2011, Eureka Springs this years festival, which runs from was named the “4th Coolest Small June 18 through July 7, are the St. Town in America” by Budget Travel Petersburg String Quartet from magazine voters – the qualifying Russia and The Eroica Trio, featuring attributes being its quality of life, international sensations for piano, cello arts and restaurant scene, and and violin. Additional information and proximity to nature. Today touted a full concert lineup is available online as “The Extraordinary Escape,” at www.cicamusicfestival.org. Eureka Springs remains an eclectic getaway town in the heart of the And while The Auditorium features Ozarks famous for its music, art and an amazing variety of musical talents, architecture – and the home of Opera Eureka Springs’ Opera in the Ozarks has in the Ozarks for 62 years! been staging world-class operas at its beautiful open-air theater for more than six decades, featuring the voices of outstanding Music has always been at the heart of Eureka Springs. From students of opera from around the globe. Opera in the Ozarks the earliest days of the city’s beginnings — whether on singers are critically acclaimed and represent some of stage, or on the front porches of homes — music has always the world’s finest burgeoning opera talent. Additional been a part of Eureka’s character. During the 1920s, the information is available online at www.opera.org. City built The Auditorium for all to enjoy. From concerts to town hall meetings, The Auditorium became the central As family theater has become increasingly popular, Eureka meeting spot for the city’s growing population. The very Springs is also home to two long-running family theater first musical performance to play on the new stage was John programs: The Ozark Mountain HoeDown and the Pine Phillip Sousa and his world-renowned concert band. Since Mountain Theater. Both shows feature an exciting mix of live then, The Auditorium has played host to hundreds of music and comedy featuring excellent professional musicians entertainers: Judy Collins, The Smothers Brothers, Willie and actors. The Ozark Mountain HoeDown is home to the Nelson, Taj Mahal, Little Feat, The Blind Boys of Alabama, George Brothers, who just recently were inducted into the Leon Russell, Bill Cosby, B.B. King, Richie Havens, Merle Texas County Music Hall of Fame and have three single Haggard, Allison Kraus and Lyle Lovett, to name a few. releases on Billboard magazine’s Country Music Top 40. The Beloved blues singer and entertainer Ray Charles even Pine Mountain Theater, now in its 38th year, has become played his last live performance at The Auditorium. a Eureka tradition with Mike and Dale Bishop headlining the delightful music show that features a blend of gospel, The Auditorium is also home to the city’s CICA Summer country and good old fashion rock-n-roll. Music Festival, a new and exciting performance series Eureka Springs has become a mecca for music festivals. From led by Thomas Chun-yu Chen, from Taiwan, who in the aforementioned CICA Summer Music Festival to the 65th Photos courtesy www.EurekaSpringsBook.com (continued, pg. 10) Take time for another Ahh… ria! EUREKA!! MASSAGE THERAPY Another Great Eureka! Tradition Alexa Pittenger, MMT Helping People Feel Better Since 1990 147 W. Van Buren • Eureka Springs, AR 72632 info@eurekamassage.com • 479.253.9208 Bravi! Opera in the Ozarks 62nd year!6 • Eureka Springs Special Section
  7. 7. Bravo! Opera in the Ozarks! The Quilt Shop 2 Center Street • Eureka Springs in the famous Flatiron Building 479-253-2093 www.eurekaquiltshop.com Eureka Springs Special Section • 7
  8. 8. New Delhi Cafe BREAKFAST • LUNCH • DINNER Live Entertainment Winner Best Indian Around State and Runner Up Best Vegetarian Around State 2012 Arkansas Times Readers’ Choice Awards 2 north main st., eureka springs 479.253.2525 Homestyle Indian Food Breakfast • Deli Sandwiches • Soups • Salads Great Burgers • Espresso Bar • Full Bar Full Espresso Bar Loose Leaf Teas Full Bar Award-winning Desserts Many Vegetarian Selections Serving Breakfast & Lunch 8 am – 3 pm Daily except Tuesday & Beer & Wine Wednesday Deck Seating Private Party Room Closed Wednesday 22 G South Main • Eureka Springs, Arkansas 479-253-6732 • www.mudstreetcafe.com Open until Dinner Nightly 5 - 9 Midnight Lunch Thursday, Friday Saturday 11 - 2 The opera was for her. The prime rib & beer are for you. Come experience the Artful Cuisine of Chef David Gilderson at the Grand Taverne Restaurant Full Bar Located in the Great Food Grand Central Hotel & Spa Plenty of Parking 37 North Main Street • Eureka Springs, Arkansas Open 7 Days a Week 11:00 a.m. - Midnight For Reservations call piedpiperpub.com 800-344-6050 82 Armstrong www.grandcentralresort.com Downtown Eureka8 • Eureka Springs Special Section
  9. 9. Award winning fine dining in a casual atmosphere Serving dinner Thursday-SundayLocated at Located at Pine Mountain Village, Eureka Springs Pine Mountain Village, Eureka Springs 5-9 Every Tuesday and Thursday LOCAL FARMERS. LOCAL FARMERS. International wine list LOCAL FOOD. LOCAL FOOD. Highway 62 West • Eureka Springs •479-253-5282 cottageinneurekaspgs.com EVERY TUES. & THURS. • RAIN OR SHINE • 7 A.M. - NOON2012 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Thurs. 04-19 . . . .OPENING DAY Tues. 05-01 . . . .COOKING DEMO Thurs. 05-10 . . . .GARDEN LORE & MORE DAY Tues. 06-05 . . . .COOKING DEMO Thurs. 06-21 . . . .KIDS DAY Tues. 07-03 . . . .COOKING DEMO Thurs. 07-12 . . . .FLEUR DELICIOUS Tues. 08-07 . . . .COOKING DEMO Thurs. 08-16 . . . .SALSA CONTEST Thurs. 08-30 . . . .BLUE MOON NIGHT MKT Tues. 09-04 . . . .COOKING DEMO Thurs. 09-20 . . . .CHILI CONTEST Tues. 10-02 . . . .COOKING DEMO Thurs. 10-18 . . . .FALL PIE CONTEST Tues. 11-06 . . . .COOKING DEMO Thurs. 11-15 . . . .GRAND GIVE-AWAY DAY Thurs. 11-29 . . . .WINTER MARKET BEGINS Eureka Springs Special Section • 9
  10. 10. (continued from pg. 8) Annual Folk Festival, Eureka Springs embraces music in a big way. The Folk Festival is noted as the longest continuous running folk music festival in the United States. Complete with a Queen’s Contest and Parade, the Folk Festival kicks off on October 31 and runs through November 3. With acts both at The Auditorium and free performances at Basin Park, the Folk Festival draws audiences from over 15 states. This year Ronny Cox, Trout Fishing in America and Shore & Cockrum (along with many others) will be in live performance. The Eureka Springs Blues Weekend is another widely attended festival drawing audiences from all across America. Ruthie Foster, Kenny Neal, Tommy Castro and the Cate Brothers are some of the well-known acts that grace both The Auditorium and Basin Hotel Ballroom stages. The Blues Weekend begins on May 31 and runs through June 3 with a spectacular blues jam at the Turpentine Wildlife Refuge located just south of Eureka Springs. Rounding out the music festivals are the Eureka Jazz Weekend in September and the Eureka Springs Blue Grass Festival, which occurs annually in August. Both festivals feature nationally known musicians and have mass appeal for all ages. For more information on the many Eureka Springs music festivals, visit www.EurekaSprings.org. If its music you desire, you don’t have to go far. Its in Eureka Springs… The Extraordinary Escape! The Washington Regional Family Clinic – Eureka Springs provides family care for all ages. Also offering SickCall – our walk-in service for fast, convenient treatment of urgent care illnesses. SickCall hours are 8:30 – 10:15 a.m., Monday - Friday. No appointment needed during these hours. If you need an experienced family physician, call 479.253.9746. Hours: Your Full Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Service Clinic Greg Kresse, MD | Michael Murphy, APN | Craig Dinger, MD 146 Passion Play Road | Eureka Springs, AR Cynthia Kresse, APN | Dan Bell, MD 479.253.9746 | www.wregional.com10 • Eureka Springs Special Section
  11. 11. • BØRN • CLARKS • MERRELL • CUSHE • Enjoy the Opera in the Ozarks • CUSHE • KEEN • REEF • CHACO • KAVU • YELLOW BOX KEEN • REEF • CHACO • SANUK • PRIVO • INDIGO • TOMS • in a Mountainous Place not too Far Away From Heaven. Crazy Jake Nelson’s OUTLET A true outlet store with deeply discounted name brand products from our two full-priced stores, Nelson Leather and Crazy Bone. Sandals, Shoes, Boots, Wallets, Handbags, Hats, & Clothing for Women, Men & Children. Huge savings everyday. NNNNNNNNNNNN 99 Spring Street (next to the Post Office)Eureka Springs Holiday Island 479-253-8939 479-253-9161 479-253-0898 BØRN • CLARKS • MINNETONKA • FOSSIL W here customers get the standing ovation. EUREKA SPRINGS 479-253-0500 479-253- WWW.COMMUNITYFIRSTBANK.COM Eureka Springs Special Section • 11
  12. 12. www.islandairco.com 479-253-6081 • 1-888-363-6081 14 Woodsdale Dr., Holiday Island, AR HVAC Lic. #131808 GOURMET EUREKA “Welcome to a World of Taste” 7 Center Street Eureka Springs, AR 72632 479-253-7738 • 1-888-838-0838 www.gourmet-eureka.com/shop info@gourmet-eureka.com Proud to Support Opera in the Ozarks!12 • Eureka Springs Special Section
  13. 13. Quicksilver 579 West Van Buren Eureka Springs, AR 72632 Art & Fine Craft Gallery Ph: 479.253.8294 Fx: 479.253.9232 THE GUSTINS 47 years and still going strong! 73 Spring Street OBSERVATION TOWER• SOUVENIRS Eureka Springs, AR RAZORBACK GIFTS & T-SHIRTS CHRISTIAN DECOR & T-SHIRTS 479-253-7679 BIKER GIFTS & T-SHIRTS• DECORATIVE FLAGS QuicksilverGallery.com SLAG GLASS & MUCH, MUCH MORE! LOTS OF FREE PARKING! Eureka Springs Holiday Island • Berryville Windle & Associates • CPA 3148 E Van Buren • Eureka Springs www.cstonebank.net... and proud sponsors of Opera in the Ozarks 131 East Van Buren Eureka Springs 479-253-9561 • Grocery • Money Orders • Fresh Meat • Baloons • Produce • Bouquest Ship your packages here! Bravo! Encore! Opera! Celebrating 62 years at Inspiration Point Eureka Springs Special Section • 13
  14. 14. Christ of the Ozarks 45th Anniversary MORE THAN JUST A PLAY More than 250 actors and live With this coupon animals re-create the Passion of Christ in one of the most epic Purchase one adult admission performances you’ll experience. ticket at regular price and The New Great Passion Play is receive one FREE. also home to exciting on-site This discount cannot be combined with any other discount or offer. (OIO) attractions, including the unique MORE THAN JUST A PLAY Living Bible Tour and the Christian Comedy Dinner Theater. For group information, 1-800-882-7529 contact Brenda Ray. www.greatpassionplay.com Ask about our special 45th Anniversary group rate.14 • Eureka Springs Special Section
  15. 15. WE OUR COMMUNITYYou’ll love how committed we are to the community.Arvest is excited to partner with you to celebrate thespirit of community. By supporting the arts, Arvestproudly invests in you, who helps keep NWA strong.Local involvement, local management - Arvest Bank. arvest.com Member FDIC Eureka Springs Special Section • 15
  16. 16. Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony HistoryInspiration Point, poetically described as “a mountainous place not too many miles from Heaven,” islocated northwest of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, on U. S. Highway 62 and overlooks the White Rivervalley some 600 feet below. Creating one of the most idyllic scenes in the entire Ozark Mountains,the lowlands merge in the background into the range of the incomparably beautiful Ozarks.The Beginning roof did not leak like a sieve. There were not more than a dozen chairs on the place, including the castle. The diningIn 1928, a German-born architectural engineer, Charles hall, which had been made over with the lumber from aMowers, purchased the land overlooking the valley and torn down Gospel Tabernacle, had improvised tables andcommenced construction of a castle patterned after those benches without backs.of the Rhine River valley. In 1932, the unfinished castleand the grounds were purchased by Rev. Charles Reign The first Fine Arts Colony session was held in 1950 forScoville, a Christian missionary and evangelist, who four weeks. It was patterned after most any other campcompleted the castle and gave it its name, Inspiration across the country, with a little of everything in vocal andPoint. When he died in 1938, instrumental music and dramatichis wife gave the entire art. It was started on just about sixInspiration Point estate to weeks notice with a resulting smallPhillips University, a Christian handful of students. Except for auniversity in Enid, Oklahoma. number of special students comingFor a decade the property out from Eureka Springs, there werewas a white elephant on the about as many staff members asUniversity’s hands, and in there were students. However, Dr.1948, the University called Rev. and Mrs. Hobart wanted somethingGeorge Rossman to manage different and distinctive and decidedthe property. However, to make Inspiration Point Fine Artsdespite the heroic efforts, Colony into an opera or music dramaRev. Rossman found himself summer workshop, conducted underconfronted with an impossible the highest professional standardssituation. In 1950, Rev. and carefully planned for the youngRossman contacted Dr. Henry voices of talented college, highHobart in Enid with regard school, and outstanding junior highto starting a summer music school students. All opera rolescamp at Inspiration Point. Dr. would be performed entirely by theHobart had been Dean of Fine Arts at Phillips University students; no lead singers would be brought in to sing thefor a number of years and had founded and conducted a principal roles. The theme of Inspiration Point Fine Artssummer opera program in Enid which existed throughout Colony would be “The students are the stars.”the 1930’s and until the beginning of World War II. Dr. For the first two years or so, a major portion of the fundsHobart welcomed the opportunity presented by Rev. needed for operating expenses and capital expendituresRossman, and with the pledged support of Gertrude were provided by Dr. and Mrs. Hobart personally or byStockard, Director of Music at Eureka Springs High loans obtained from Phillips University. Some constructionSchool, Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony came into materials were donated by Eureka Springs businesses andbeing in the summer of 1950. Dr. Hobart frequented government war surplus warehouses throughout the Midwest in search of available items such asIn 1950, twelve years after it had been given to Phillips beds, mattresses, kitchen utensils, tables, office equipmentUniversity by Mrs. Scoville, Inspiration Point was a and tools. Practice pianos and furniture were obtaineddestitute shambles; weeds were waist high everywhere as gifts from churches, schools, and individuals. But theand there was not even a lawn mower to cut them down. financial needs were greater than the Hobarts and a handfulThe castle was the only building on the property whose of loyal supporters could continue to meet.16 • Opera in the Ozarks
  17. 17. The Federation of Music ClubsJoins the TeamFor a number of years Dr. Hobart had been state operachairman for the Oklahoma State Federation of MusicClubs. He suggested to Leta Mae Smith of Lawton, theFederation president, that the state federation sponsorthe youth opera workshop. Miss Smith was quick toagree and the idea was officially adopted and put intoeffect in 1951. Miss Smith invited the state federations ofArkansas, Kansas and Missouri to become cosponsorsof the project. Arkansas came in officially in 1951 but notactively until 1952. Kansas became active in 1953 andMissouri joined in 1954. The Illinois State Federationbecame a cosponsor in 1974, the Texas State Federationjoined 1989, and Iowa State Federation in 1993.In 1954, Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony wasincorporated under the laws of Oklahoma as a non-profiteducational corporation with the right to accept gifts,legacies, and devices with appropriate credit allowedon Federal Income Tax returns. In 1959 it was also Low Res Photoincorporated as a non-profit educational corporation in 82 dpiArkansas. In 1959 Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colonyobtained from Phillips University a 99 year lease on allof the Inspiration Point property on the south side ofHighway 62, which splits the property, and on about 80acres on the north side of the highway. Several yearslater, in the early 1970’s, Dr. Vernon Baker purchasedthe Inspiration Point property from Phillips University,subjected to the 99-year lease. Dr. Baker donated all of theland south of the highway, about 66 acres together withthe buildings thereon, to the Fine Arts Colony. In return,the Fine Arts Colony gave up its lease on all the propertynorth of the highway.Prior to Dr. Baker’s taking possession of his property, theFine Arts Colony used a large ramshackle dining hall andkitchen located behind the castle with mealtimes beingannounced by the ringing of a large iron bell on a post Low Res Photonear the back of the castle. The dining hall also served as 165 dpia rehearsal hall. Dr. and Mrs. Hobart moved from Enidto Inspiration Point in 1964 and resided in the castle untilDr. Hobart’s death in early 1966. Later that year Mrs.Hobart moved into a house trailer parked next to thecastle and lived there alone until 1973 when she movedinto Eureka Springs. During most of those years she wasthe only person living on the Inspiration Point groundsduring the fall and winter months. (continued on next page) Opera in the Ozarks • 17
  18. 18. Growth universities. Use of the auditorium had its drawbacks in that there were problems in constructing and movingThe initial building construction and improvement scenery sets, and the building was not air-conditionedprogram was directed toward making the original and was very hot on summer evenings.buildings on the property suitable for use. A barn-likestructure which accommodated 20 bunks was remodeled While the opera and orchestra concerts were presentedand enlarged to provide 60 or 70 beds for the girl’s primarily in nearby communities when they were takenquarters. Indoor toilets and hot on the road in the early years,water facilities were installed. several long travels were madeA sleeping porch about 150 feet in the 1950s, including operalong was constructed around a performances in Wichita, Kansasweather-beaten and leaky small City, Memphis, Chicago and atapartment structure to provide a National Federation of Musicabout 50 beds for boys. Three cabins Clubs” national convention inwere modernized for use by the San Diego, California.faculty. During the next decade,new facilities constructed includeda cement block memorial cabin in The Bestmemory of Constance Eberhart andmusic library (later converted to Dr. Hobart’s philosophy,a residence for the caretaker) and a with regard to the faculty forfireproof costume center with an open Inspiration Point, was to try toair dance deck, an orchestra rehearsal get only the best. As a result,pavilion, six faculty cabins, two studio a number of eminent artists atcabins and fifteen practice cabins. the top of their professions have been associated with InspirationCompleted in 1966, a fireproof Point. The most outstanding ofdormitory was built for the girls, these was Dr. Isaac Van Grove.and the “barn” was turned over to His accomplishments as anthe boys. In 1972, a prefabricated opera composer, conductor ofmetal building was erected to house leading opera companies, vocalthe dining hall, kitchen, offices, coach and accompanist forlibrary and two large practice or several world famous singersmeeting rooms. qualified him as an opera director of the highest order.An enclosed stage pavilion with stage lighting was At eighteen he was a nationally known concert pianist.not built at Inspiration Point until the late 1960s. Prior He served as accompanist and vocal coach for famousto its completion, night opera performances on the artists such as Enrico Caruso, Lawrence Melchior, MaryIPFAC campus were not possible. Most of the opera Garden and Grace Moore. He composed several operasperformances up to that time were given at the city specifically for use with the young singers at Inspirationauditorium in downtown Eureka Springs with some Point and IPFAC was given the publishing rights to theseoperas being staged in nearby communities and operas. He was conductor of opera companies in Chicago, OPERA IN THE OZARKS CONCEPTUAL DESIGN Proud supporter of “Opera in the Ozarks” AT INSPIRATION POINT www.carrollecc.com 800-432-9720 Carroll Electric 479.631.2673 Cooperative Corporation www.core-arch.com18 • Opera in the Ozarks
  19. 19. St. Louis, Cleveland and elsewhere. Dr. Van Grove was of IPFAC students. The objective of Inspiration Point inthe Artistic Director at Inspiration Point for 25 years, up recent years has been to become a career preparationto his death in 1979 at the age of 86. Those students who center, and the student ages have risen to includereceived training under his direction were particularly students from college age up to 33. Commensurate withfortunate. the change in the average ages of the students, the nature of the operas learnedFor twenty years, up to her death in 1976, Joan Woodruff, and performed haswife of Dr. Van Grove and an internationally known gradually changed. Inchoreographer and ballet instructor, taught advanced ballet, earlier years the operasstage action and stylized dance forms at Inspiration Point. generally were light and relatively easy to learn. All were in theMore Growth English language. In recent years the trendFor a number of years, up through 1985, orchestra has been to include twotraining was an important facet of IPFAC. In addition or more major operas into accompanying many of the operas, the orchestra the season’s repertoire,presented concerts featuring symphony music under the with at least one indirection of the Orchestra Conductor. Orchestra students its original language.received instruction in their respective instruments from Thus, the challenge toprofessional teachers who also played in the orchestra. learn and perform hasThe opera students gained invaluable training and been in keeping withexperience in performing with a full orchestra, a feature not the students increasingprovided at most music centers throughout the country. abilities to meet those challenges. The lengthFrom 1986 through 1989, an orchestra was not of the summer sessionincluded in the Inspiration Point program due to has been increasedlimitations on available housing and other facilities. through the years fromThe arrangements for the 1990 season provided for the five weeks to six, to seven, and in 1992, to its presentreinstatement of a small professional level orchestra to eight weeks.accompany the opera performances. Some badly needed improvements to the present facilitiesAs the level of opera training provided in the school were commenced in 1989 when modifications andhas risen during the ensuing years, so has the age level (continued on next page) Opera in the Ozarks • 19
  20. 20. additions were made to the stage pavilion and the girl’sdormitory. In 1990 a new dormitory, Menees Nelson Hall,was completed to replace the barn-like structure for theboy’s dormitory. Later, the girls were moved to the newdormitory and the men took over the older dorm. Otherimportant improvements have included the addition ofpublic restrooms and substantial additions to the stagelighting facilities in the pavilion.In 1996, audience seating at the opera performances in thepavilion was put on a reserved seat basis with all seatsbeing reserved. Each year, a one week Elderhostel class inopera, available through the University of Arkansas, is heldat Inspiration Point. In July of each year the Central Regionof the National Federation of Music Clubs has been holdingits annual four day Festival Days in Eureka Springs andat Inspiration Point. Each of these activities adds greatlyenriching experience to the IPFAC summer session.The effectiveness of training received at Inspiration Pointhas been demonstrated many times over by the successesachieved by alumni in their opera careers. Several areinternationally famous. At least eight are, or have been,with the New York Metropolitan Opera Company. Manyothers are with famous opera companies in Chicago, NewYork City, San Francisco, Houston, Switzerland, Germany,and elsewhere.GovernanceGuiding and overseeing the development and activitiesof Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony is the responsibilityand function of its board of directors. At the timeInspiration Point was incorporated, the board was createdto include ten members from each of the sponsoringstates - Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma,plus several members chosen at large. In 1982, theboard was reorganized into the present form consistingof a Governing Board and Associate State Boards. TheGoverning Board consists of nineteen regular members- two from each of the sponsoring states with additionalmembers-at-large. Several ex-officio and honorarymembers are available for advice and counsel.The Governing Board is responsible for the overallplanning, development, and activities of IPFAC. Themembers of the Associate Boards are involved in thehandling of matters affecting their respective individualstates, such as recruiting and publicity, and in providingadvice and counsel to the Governing Board. A Board ofTrustees administers the IPFAC Endowment Fund and hasresponsibility for matters involving land and buildings.20 • Opera in the Ozarks
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  22. 22. National Federation of Music ClubsSouth Central Region State BoardsARKANSAS MISSOURI KANSAS TEXASBill Yick, President Chris Vitt, President Linda Vollen, President Cletis Williamson, PresidentJudge Clifton Bond Anita Blackmon Dr. Kenneth Burkhard Dorene AllenJoan Chronister Starla Blair Maxine Burkhard Kathryn BeamMary Ella Clark Terry Blair Bob Campbell Dortha BennettMary Dolce Arsene Burton Gay Dill Ronald BennettJohn Drum Marilyn Caldwell Dr. Rodney Dill Sue M. BreuerHelen Dunn Barb Carlisle Anne Haflich Lora Lynn ChristensenShirley Foust Alice Conway Beth Harrison Francis ChristmannErnest Grilk Connie Craig Barbara Jabben Tim DanielsonGloria Grilk Doris Jean Cranfill Dr. Carolann Martin Richard DrapeauRose Widner Gude Adena Holsinger Betty Meyer Betty HallHelen Hammond Dr. Mia Hynes Bev Olson Carla JohnsonTeresita Horner Beth Ingram Bruce Sorrell Peggy JonesHattie Janek Bonnie Jones Judy Sorrell Lynn McNewPam Jones Lorraine Kesling Lee MeyerRuth Jordan Donna Kinslow OKLAHOMA Jean MoffattDr. George Keck Doug Kinslow Lavonna Whitesell, President Carolyn PoeDr. Ouida Keck Carole Langley Larry Baldwin Maria PutterDr. Alice Martinson Duane Langley Rose Marie Boggus Barbara ShinnVirginia Queen Ida Ruth Locarni Genevieve Hickman Don ShinnAudrey Reeves Christina Long Kathryn Hickman Gloria ThrasherByron Reeves Lorraine Long Johnnie HudsonCathleen Robinson Elaine Minden Natlynn HayesMartha Rosenbaum Helen Reed Ann LacyMary Schambarger Betty Jane Ruckman Will PaineFranklin D. Wicks Sandra Schmitz Janice Semrad Marianne Szydlowski Doris Whinery Joan Wells Leon Whitesell Ellen Jayne Wheeler Serving the people of Carroll County for over 25 years.22 • Opera in the Ozarks
  23. 23. Building for the FutureOpportunities for Giving SecuritiesInspiration Point Fine Arts Colony is a not-for-profit 501(c) IPFAC welcomes gifts of securities. Consult your(3) corporation, supported by memberships, gifts from tax advisor about the tax advantages of donatingfriends and student tuition. appreciated securities.Endowment Fund Memorial FundAn Endowment Fund has been set up by the Board of You can take part in helping Inspiration Point by creating aDirectors. Each $1000 life membership goes into the memorial for a member of your family or a friend - livingEndowment Fund. You can play a role in increasing this or deceased - or you can donate to memorials that havefund – it is one of the best investments you can possibly been set up in honor of the following individuals who havemake to provide career opportunities for talented been a big part of Inspiration Point over the last 60 years:musicians. Your investment also gives the satisfaction Dr. Henry Hobart, Dr. Isaac Van Grove, Joan Van Grove,that you helped perpetuate opera and the fine arts in Aunt Lena Johnson, Mrs. Henry Hobart, JoAnn Carlson,mid-America. Rowland Davis, Melvin Placke, Dr. Bill Bonner, Louise Bonner, Pat Patchell, and Frank Meyer. Other opportunitiesBequests-Trusts for giving are through wills, life insurance, and assignment of stocks and bonds. Inspiration Point Fine Arts ColonyIPFAC welcomes bequests from charitable trusts or estates. cannot exist without its many generous and caring friends.Instruments may be made to insure your gifts in perpetuityor may be named to any of the needs of IPFAC. Bequests For more information, please write or call:and trusts should be made to Inspiration Point Fine ArtsColony, Inc. Each tax-deductible contribution, regardless Jim Swiggart, General Director, IPFAC,of its size, helps insure an excellent experience and fine P.O. Box 127 Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632training for America’s young and aspiring opera singers, 479-253-8595musicians, directors, designers, and technicians. Detach & Return Opera In The Ozarks At Inspiration Point Membership Form Enclosed is my tax deductible membership and/or contribution of: $ ______________ MEMBERSHIPS (Check appropriate box) o $25 - Active o $50 - Contributing o $100 - Sustaining o $500 - Patron o $1,000 - Life Member Your Membership Information Name:__________________________________________________________________________________ Address:________________________________________________________________________________ City: ________________________________________ State: ________ Zip:_ ________________________ Phone: ___________________________________ Email:_ _______________________________________ Make check to Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony (IPFAC) and mail to: Duane Langley, IPFAC Treasurer 1203 Whispering Pines, St. Louis, MO 63146 Opera in the Ozarks • 23
  24. 24. Calendar of Events Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday JUNE 22 JUNE 23 Curtain 7:30pm, IPFAC Theatre unless otherwise noted All seats reserved. (479) 253-8595 or visit opera.org. A Little The Magic Flute Night Music JUNE 24 JUNE 25 JUNE 26 JUNE 27 JUNE 28 JUNE 29 JUNE 30 Family Day A Little When Toys Talk La Boheme The Magic Flute Night Music La Boheme The Magic Flute JULY 1 JULY 2 JULY 3 JULY 4 JULY 5 JULY 6 JULY 7 A Little A Little A Little Night Music La Boheme The Magic Flute Night Music The Magic Flute Night Music JULY 8 JULY 9 JULY 10 JULY 11 JULY 12 JULY 13 JULY 14 Chamber Music Free at the Holiday Island Community A Little A Little La Boheme Church The Magic Flute Night Music La Boheme Night Music La Boheme JULY 15 JULY 16 JULY 17 JULY 18 JULY 19 JULY 20 JULY 21 Famous A Little The Magic Flute Opera Scenes The Magic Flute Night Music La Boheme Performance at 4:00pm at the Arend Arts Center at 1901 SE J Street in Bentonville, Arkansas. 1/2 price for residents of Carroll, Benton, Washington, and Madison Counties Arend Arts Center Mark Your Calendar: Performances 1901 S.E. J Street, Bentonville OPENING NIGHT GALA – June 22 6:30 p.m. Welcome to all, refreshments served A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC before the show July 1 at 4 p.m. ART IN OPERA – June 22 thru July 20 LA BOHEME Featuring outstanding local artists July 8 at 4 p.m. FAMILY DAY – June 24 2:30 p.m. tour/3:30 p.m. curtain THE MAGIC FLUTE Special for parents and children featuring “When Toys Talk” July 15 at 4 p.m. ARKANSAS OPERA WEEKEND – July 14-15 OUTREACH OPERA Governor’s Proclamation Traveling Performances throughout Northwest Arkansas, featuring FEDERATION DAYS – July 18-21 "When Toys Talk"24 • Opera in the Ozarks
  25. 25. Ernest & Gloria Grilk and the Lawton Schubert Music Club Salute the Music Camps Vocal Music Camp July 22 – July 29 Piano & String Camp July 29 – August 5 Camp Director Kathryn Hickman Faculty Larry Baldwin Dr. Starla Hibler Kathryn Hickman Judy Rownak Dr. Jim Waddelow Kristen Mills Valerie Hopkins Ellen Foncannon Stephenson Diana Brown Laura Talbott Dr. Kevin Costley Curtis Hansen Student Recitals Faculty Showcase Concert String Concert July 26 – 7pm July 29 – 8pm August 4 – 8pm Children of Eden Concerto Competition Piano Monster Concert August 5 – 11am July 28 – 8pm July 30 – 8pm Student Recitals Final Choral Concert August 1, 2, 3 – 8pm July 29 – 12pmThe South Central Region of the National Federation of Music Clubs proudly sponsors these camps to give talented Junior and Senior high music students the opportunity to receive advanced instruction and performances opportunities that will create a solid music foundation for their future musical goals. We welcome your support for these camps. Check our website www.opera.org or contact Kathryn Hickman at 580-357-3775 513 NW Arlington, Lawton, OK 73507-6826. Opera in the Ozarks • 25
  26. 26. now taking center stage How do you get to the world’s great stages? Practice, practice, practice. At AT&T, we’ve been practicing what we do for more than 136 years now. It’s worth it – because we love keeping people and communities connected. We’re pleased to support the efforts of Opera in the Ozarks, and we’re proud to connect people with their world. Always. © 2012 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved.26 • Opera in the Ozarks
  27. 27. Artistic Director Thomas Cockrell “The 62nd season of Opera in the Ozarks builds on last year’s spectacular foundation. From nearly 300 singers who auditioned this year I have assembled a company of 42 talented young artists. They have come to apprentice with an inspired faculty and staff which are devoted to taking them to new heights as performers. Add to this an orchestra of accomplished young professionals and students from our nation’s finest institutions and you have a recipe for operatic magic at Inspiration Point.”Conductor Thomas Cockrell was appointed artistic director A dedicated and gifted educator, Cockrell is in demandof Opera in the Ozarks in October 2010. No stranger to as a teacher of emerging conductors, frequently leadingInspiration Point, Cockrell served as the music director at master classes in Europe, Asia and Central America,Inspiration Point for the 2003, 2004 and 2005 seasons. as well as in the US. He served as music director of Denver Young Artists Orchestra and on the faculty of theCockrell’s opera credits include Il Barbiere di Siviglia, The Interlochen Arts Camp. In May 2010 he conducted MexicoBallad of Baby Doe, Die Zauberflöte, Pagliacci and Gianni City’s Orquesta Juvenil Carlos Chávez of El SistemaSchicchi for Opera Theatre of the Rockies; La Bohème and Nacional de Fomento Musical, Mexico’s national systemDon Giovanni for Dayton Opera; La Cenerentola, Albert of youth ensembles. Since 2000 Cockrell has served asHerring, Il Tabarro, Lucia di Lammermoor and Il Barbiere director of orchestral activities at the University of Arizonadi Siviglia for the Opera Colorado Artist Center; and School of Music in Tucson, where he is professor of musicLes Contes d’Hoffmann for Washington, DC’s Summer and holds the Nelson Riddle Endowed Chair. As musicOpera Theatre. For the Spoleto Festivals in Italy and director of the University of Arizona Opera Theater he hasSouth Carolina he conducted symphonic, chamber and conducted recent productions of The Rape of Lucretia, Thecontemporary music concerts while serving as assistant to Consul, The Crucible and Postcard from Morocco, as well asthe music director for productions of Parsifal, Elektra and works from the traditional repertoire.Salome. Cockrell made his professional debut as a FeaturedYoung Artist conducting the Spoleto Festival Orchestra. Cockrell is a graduate of Yale University and the StateFollowing that success Gian Carlo Menotti invited him to University of New York at Stony Brook, where heconduct his Maria Golovin at Spoleto Festival USA. received his doctorate. He is one of the last students of the legendary Franco Ferrara with whom he studied inCockrell has served as a conductor of Cincinnati Opera, Rome while serving as a founding director of La CamerataOpera Colorado, the Colorado Symphony and the Spoleto Operistica Romana. Cockrell holds a conducting diplomaFestivals. Equally committed to the symphonic repertoire, from L’Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy, and pursuedhe has conducted the professional symphony orchestras further studies at Tanglewood and Aspen with Leonardof Dallas, Cincinnati, Phoenix, Tucson, Louisville and Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa and David Zinman.Boulder, as well as several orchestras in Italy, Romania,Mexico, and South Korea. Opera in the Ozarks • 27
  28. 28. The Magic FluteWolfgang Amadeus MozartLibretto by Emanuel SchikanederJune 22, 27, 30July 3, 6, 10, 15, 18 Music Director/Conductor – Thomas Cockrell Stage Director – Robert Swedberg Assistant Conductor/Chorus Preparation/Accompanist – Eiki Isomura July 6 performance conducted by Eiki Isomura Production Stage Manager – Brandon Ehrenreich Set Designer – Spencer Musser Costume Designer – Miriam Patterson-Smith Lighting Designer – SeifAllah Cristobal Wig Designer – Nicole Woodward Tamino..................................................................................................................... Eamon Pereyra, Jonathan Ray First Lady................................................................................................................... Laura MacAvoy, Jane Soong Second Lady....................................................................................................... Elizabeth Evans, Perri Sussman Third Lady.......................................................................................................Rachel Vickers, Nicole Woodward Papageno............................................................................................................Donald Davis, Dominic Johnson The Queen of the Night.................................................................................. Keely Futterer, Ashly Neumann Monostatos...................................................................................................................Bille Bruley, Kyle Patterson Pamina................................................................................................................................ Megan Slack, Kat Supina First Spirit................................................................................................................Cait Frizzell, Jennifer Klauder Second Spirit..........................................................................................................Emily Dalessio, Amanda Joos Third Spirit.................................................................................................... Valerie Jeannin, Julianne Reynolds Speaker.................................................................................................................................Glenn Healy, Ivo Suarez Sarastro................................................................................................................................ Ivo Suarez, Glenn Healy First Priest....................................................................................................................... Bille Bruley, Nathan Ward Second Priest.................................................................................................. LaFonta Harriett, Joshua Hughes First Armed Man........................................................................................................... Nathan Ward, Bille Bruley Second Armed Man.........................................................................................Zachary Stiefel, Antony Harriett Papagena....................................................................................................................Lydia Bechtel, Amy Matlock Members of the Company Ensemble Lydia Bechtel, Bonnie Frauenthal, Keely Futterer, Sarah Lysiak, Laura MacAvoy, Amy Matlock, Ashly Neumann, Priscilla Salisbury, Jane Soong, Elizabeth Evans, Perri Sussman, Rachel Vickers, Bille Bruley, Kyle Patterson, Eamon Pereyra, Jonathan Ray, Steven Wallace, Nathan Ward, Jin Hin Yap, Michael, Brendan Boyle, Donald Davis, Brandon Grimes, LaFonta Harriett, Joshua Hughes, Dominic Johnson, Zachary Stiefel This Production Generously Underwritten By: Linda and Gene Vollen28 • Opera in the Ozarks
  29. 29. SynopsisOriginally set in Egypt, this version of The Magic Flute is transported instead to a mythicalAsia where our protagonists struggle with magical ordeals in order to unite two worlds thatare at odds with each other, and where the concept of the balance of universal forces is ablyrepresented by Taoist and Tantric philosophies.Act I While Pamina is asleep Monostatos againPrince Tamino, pursued by a demonic force, is approaches, but is sent off by the Queen, whodrawn into the domain of the Queen of Night, gives her daughter a dagger and tells her thatwhere he is rescued by Three Ladies, but the she can only regain her power if Sarastro isbird-catcher Papageno takes the credit. As a killed. Monostatos is once more forcing himselfpunishment for lying, the Ladies padlock his on Pamina when Sarastro enters. He knowsmouth. They give Tamino a portrait of the of the Queens plan but reminds Pamina thatQueens abducted daughter Pamina; falling in though she and Tamino are destined for eachlove with her image, he sets out to rescue her. other, they must first prove their love, and byThe Queen promises that if he succeeds, she so doing, they will unite the Realm of Darknesswill agree to their marriage. Tamino is given a with the Kingdom of the Sun.magic flute, Papageno some magic bells, andtogether they journey to Sarastros palace where Papageno is given a fleeting glimpse of hisPamina is being held. ideal mate, Papagena, but is warned that he will be denied her if he fails in his trials. WhenPapagenos blundering arrival inadvertently Sarastro secretly instructs Tamino to take asaves Pamina from being attacked by vow of silence, Pamina fears that all is lost andMonostatos, a servant of Sarastro. Papageno contemplates suicide, but she is comfortedand Pamina leave in search of Tamino, who has by kind spirits and finds the courage to aidarrived at a temple whose priest informs him Tamino through new trials.that it is the Queen and not Sarastro who is evil. The Queen, the Three Ladies and MonostatosPapageno and Pamina are confronted by approach Sarastro’s temple bent onMonostatos but, using the bells, they manage to overthrowing him and his brotherhood, butescape. Pamina and Tamino finally meet, and they are overpowered by the strength of theimmediately fall in love. new bond. Triumphing over all adversity, the lovers unite, guided by the magic flute. As aIntermission special bonus, Papageno also finds a mate as all celebrate the victory of light over darkness.Act IITamino and Papageno are told they haveto undergo a series of trials if they are to beaccepted into the brotherhood of the temple,the first being a period of silence. Opera in the Ozarks • 29
  30. 30. A Little Night MusicStephen SondheimBook by Hugh WheelerJune 23, 28July 1, 5, 7, 11, 13, 19 Music Director/Conductor – Adam Kerry Boyles Stage Director – Linda Ade Brand Accompanist – Irina Nedelcu Production Stage Manager – Brandon Ehrenreich Set Designer – Spencer Musser Costume Designer – Miriam Patterson-Smith Lighting Designer – SeifAllah Cristobal Wig Designer – Nicole Woodward Mr. Lindquist...............................................................................................Christopher Kline, Dominic Johnson Mrs. Nordstrom....................................................................................................... Keely Futterer, Amy Matlock Mrs. Anderssen..........................................................................................Elizabeth Evans, Stephanie Zuluaga Mr. Erlanson................................................................................................................... Bille Bruley, Jonathan Ray Mrs. Segstrom........................................................................................................... Laura MacAvoy, Jane Soong Frederika Armfeldt...................................................................................................... Lydia Bechtel, Kat Supina Madame Armfeldt ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� David Ward Frid, her butler.................................................................................................................................... Brendan Boyle Henrik Egerman................................................................................................. Kyle Patterson, Eamon Pereyra Anne Egerman................................................................................................... Priscilla Salisbury, Megan Slack Fredrik Egerman.............................................................................................. Michael Austin, Brandon Grimes Petra..................................................................................................................Rachel Vickers, Nicole Woodward Désirée Armfeldt..........................................................................................Nicole Woodward, Rachel Vickers Malla, her maid................................................................................................................................... Valerie Jeannia Bertrand, a page................................................................................................................................Joshua Hughes Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm...............................................................................Donald Davis, Darren Drone Countess Charlotte Malcolm......................................................................... Elizabeth Evans, Perri Sussman Osa.................................................................................................................................................... Julienne Reynolds Orchestrated by Jonathan Tunick. Suggested by a Film by Ingmar Bergman. Originally Produced and Directed on Broadway by Harold Prince. A Little Night Music is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019. Phone (212) 541-4684 / Fax (212) 397-4684 / www.MTIShows.com This Production Generously Underwritten By: Don Dagenais30 • Opera in the Ozarks
  31. 31. SynopsisSuggested by Ingmar Bergman’s film “Smiles of a Summer Night,” this musical was one ofSondheim’s most successful productions. It had its Broadway premier in 1973, receiving theNew York Drama Critics Award and four Tony Awards. In the original presentation, HermioneGingold played Madame Armfeldt and Glynis Johns was Desirée.Act I wife," he sings to her. He then tells her of Anne’sBefore the play proper, the five Liebeslieder indestructible virginity, and Desirée invites himSingers sing “Night Waltz,” a serenade that hints into her bedroom. They are surprised by a visitor,at all the possibilities and deceptions ahead. As the actress’s current amour, Count Carl-Magnusthe quintet waltzes among the play’s protagonists Malcolm, who is perturbed by the apparentin a kaleidoscope of changing combinations, coupling and sings that he practices fidelity, bothold partnerships are broken and resumed. The to Desirée and his wife, Charlotte. Desirée invitesaged Madame Armfeldt, who knows about these Fredrik and Anne for a weekend in the country tothings, explains to her granddaughter, Fredrika, try to fan the old flame with Fredrik. Carl-Magnusthe three smiles of a summer night: the first and Charlotte show up also. The act comes to asmile is for the young, like Fredrika, who knows close as the couples try to decide just who is anothing; the second for fools, like Fredrika’s couple.mother, Desirée, who knows too little; and thethird for the old, like her, who know too much. Act IIThe setting is Sweden at the turn of the last At the house party, Charlotte tells Anne she willcentury and upon the house of Fredrick, a make love to Fredrik and hereby tempt Carl-permanent Nordic frost of sexual frustration Magnus to return to her. Young Henrik confidesseems to have settled. After 11 months of non- to Fredrika that he is in love with Anne, who isconsummated marriage to his teenaged bride, his step-mother. The Liebeslieder singers sing ofFredrik is impatient. Downstairs, the child of perpetual anticipation. Only Petra is enjoying herhis first marriage, Henrik, is making fumbling weekend away, involving herself with the butler,advances to Petra, the maid, and being rejected, as Frid. A grim weariness descends as the principalalways with the promise of “later,” while upstairs, players wonder why they are behaving like foolsFredrik’s young wife, Anne, promises “soon.” as they turn to their true loves. The summer nightFar away, in a swirl of activity, Desirée Armfeldt has smiled on each of them, including Madameis leading a glamorous life as an actress on the Armfeldt, who dies as we once again hear theroad. In that evening’s performance, she plays music of the “Night Waltz.”a woman who can and does have any man shewants. Anne swears that Desirée is directingher performance at Fredrik. Although his affairwith Desirée ended years ago, the memoriesstill haunt him and he leaves Anne at home andgoes to Desirée’s lodgings. "You must meet my Opera in the Ozarks • 31
  32. 32. La BohèmeGiacomo PucciniLibretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi IllicaJune 26, 29July 2, 8, 12, 14, 20 Music Director/Conductor – Thomas Cockrell Stage Director – Robert Swedberg Accompanist – Stephen Variames Assistant Conductor – Eiki Isomura Chorus Preparation – Adam Kerry Boyles Production Stage Manager – Brandon Ehrenreich Set Designer – Spencer Musser Costume Designer – Miriam Patterson-Smith Lighting Designer – SeifAllah Cristobal Wig Designer – Nicole Woodward Marcello.....................................................................................................................Michael Austin, Darren Drone Rodolfo........................................................................................................................ Jin Hin Yap, Steven Wallace Colline....................................................................................................................................Glenn Healy, Ivo Suarez Schaunard.....................................................................................................Brandon Grimes, Christopher Kline Benoit................................................................................................................................... Ivo Suarez, Glenn Healy Mimì.......................................................................................................................Bonnie Frauenthal, Sarah Lysiak Alcindoro............................................................................................................................. Ivo Suarez, Glenn Healy Musetta...........................................................................................................Ashly Neumann, Priscilla Salisbury Parpignol.................................................................................................................. Kyle Patterson, Nathan Ward Waiter, Sergeant....................................................................................................................................Michael Bade Waiter, Customs Officer ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Zachary Stiefel Members of the Company Ensemble Lydia Bechtel, Emily Dalessio, Cait Frizzell, Keely Futterer, Amanda Joos, Jennifer Klauder, Laura MacAvoy, Amy Matlock, Megan Slack, Jane Soong, Kat Supina, Elizabeth Evans, Valerie Jeannin, Julianne Reynolds, Perri Sussman, Stephanie Zuluaga, Bille Bruley, Eamon Pereyra, Jonathan Ray, Steven Wallace, Jin Hin Yap, Michael Austin, Michael Bade, Brendan Boyle, Darren Drone, LaFonta Harriett, Joshua Hughes, Dominic Johnson, Christopher Kline, Zachary Stiefel This Production Generously Underwritten By: Michele and Doug Barnes & Sharon and Mark Hobart to honor Jeanice and David Hobart32 • Opera in the Ozarks
  33. 33. SynopsisAct I they quarrel because of his jealousy. She hidesIt is Christmas Eve in a cold garret occupied by when she learns that Rodolfo is at the tavern asfour Bohemians in the Latin Quarter of Paris, well, and overhears Rodolfo tell Marcello that he1890s. A group of young artists (Marcello, the plans to leave her but is torn up with grief becausepainter, Rodolfo the poet, Colline the Philospher, she is dying from tuberculosis. Rodolfo discoversand Schaunard the musician) are living together Mimí as she coughs uncontrollably. While Musettain poverty, but Schaunard has had a lucky day, and Marcello quarrel, Rodolfo and Mimí now talk ofand brings home food and money. After tricking parting, but plan to stay together at least until Spring.the landlord Benoit out of collecting the rent,they decide to go out and celebrate, but Rodolfo Act IVlingers to finish an article he is writing. Their More time passes. Back in the garret, Rodolfoneighbor, the seamstress Mimí, seeking a light for is longing for Mimí, from whom he has heardher candle, introduces herself to Rodolfo. As his nothing, and Marcello for Musetta who, havingfriends call up to him from the street below, he is left him, is having a fling with a wealthy patron.drawn to Mimí’s beauty in the moonlight. They Colline and Schaunard return, and after a bit ofconfess their love for each other before leaving to horseplay, Musetta enters bringing with her thejoin the holiday festivities. dying Mimí. As Rodolfo tries to warm her cold hands, Musetta gives her earrings to Marcello,Act II asking him to sell them in order to buy medicineIn the square outside the café Momus, a happy for the dying girl. Colline takes his overcoat,Christmas Eve crowd buys gifts and treats. bids it farewell, then takes it out to pawn to buyRodolfo presents Mimí to his friends, while provisions. Musetta runs off to get a muff to warmthe singer Musetta abandons her elderly rich Mimí’s hands. Left alone, the two former loverslover Alcindoro in order to join Marcello, with recall happy memories of their time together.whom she has already had a rocky relationship. Musetta and the others return and are full ofAlcindoro is left to settle the bill for all of them. anxiety over Mimís condition. When Rodolfo leaves her bed, believing her to be resting, theIntermission others become aware that she has died. When he reads in their faces what has happened, heAct III falls upon her lifeless form sobbing and cryingTime has passed. On a cold winter morning out her name.outside a tavern by the city gates Mimí searchesfor Marcello, having heard that he and Musettamight be there. Mimí has lived with Rodolfo, but Opera in the Ozarks • 33

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