The Pittsburgh Savoyards is putting on Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe in October, and I have been cast as the Queen of the Fairies. This is my biggest main stage role yet, so I’m super excited to be doing this.
The role is double cast, so I will be the Queen on the odd dates for the run of the show: October 9, 11, 15, and 17. The other nights I will be in the ensemble while Deborah Greenstein is the Queen (a Savoyards regular, and an amazing performer!)
This is going to be a lot of fun. I feel prepared to undertake a role this big now that I’ve covered Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus — the covers’ performance last January was extensive enough to allow me the confidence to know that I can handle a big role like this.
As always, if you would like tickets, let me know! If I can’t get them to you personally, I can put them at will call and accept payment by Paypal. Tickets through me cost $15 each, and I can sell them up until a week before the show. Tickets at the door will be $20.
So, my day job is being a Tech Support Engineer for ABB Enterprises. No, no, I’m not telling people how to find the “any key”, I screen bug submitted by customers, and help with case management for the customers. Well, one of the major customers I have is upgrading our software this year, which is a massive undertaking considering that this particular software runs all of the operations in power plants (including nuclear power plants). I have been unbelievably busy since the year started, and my schedule has changed, and might change soon.
Change #1: I had to drop out of Madama Butterfly. I will be going down to the customer site during Tech Week, and you can’t be in a show and miss Tech Week. I am sad to miss this from the stage-side, but I do continue to be involved behind the scenes.
Change #2: I don’t know which week will be the Food Stamp Week at this time. I may have another trip during the originally planned trip, so this is going to have to happen when I can fit it in.
If you recall, I was honored to get a covers position for Die Fledermaus — I am covering the lead, Rosalinde! I am covering this role along with another very talented lady, Sarah Perconte, so doubly honored!
We will be having a special performance on Saturday, January 31st at 1pm. This performance is a special highlights version of the opera where we reduce the number of scenes and dialogue to show you a sort of “best of” version of the show, and will run under 2 hours. Tickets will be sold at the door for $15.
We are still working out how Sarah and I will split the role for this performance, but I will certainly have a lot of stage time. This is why most of you aren’t seeing me this month, so much rehearsing to do for this!
Also, the main stage production of Die Fledermaus is going to be amazing. We’re setting it in the 1970’s, and there’s a lot of fun and silliness to be had in this production. The cast is just incredible and they’re already looking great as we start our rehearsals. PLUS! I do get a tiny little solo line in the opening party scene.
You won’t want to miss this show! As usual, I have tickets for the main stage production for sale until the final week before the show at $23 general, $28 balcony, and $33 orchestra. I do take Paypal, and can leave tickets at Will Call if needed. So let me know if you would like tickets!
You can purchase the audio of my last performance on Google Play for $9.99! The album contains two full performances – both casts – for 3 hours and 39 minutes across a total of 92 tracks. My performance is the second listed, and I have a solo on “Constance My Daughter”. And I’m in a quintet in “I rejoice that it’s decided”.
We closed The Sorcerer this Sunday, and it was a great success! We even had a good review! Thank you to everyone who came out for it, I really enjoyed playing Mrs. Partlett.
Next up: I have been cast as the cover for Rosalinda in Undercroft Opera’s production of Die Fledermaus. This is the lead role, so I have a lot of work to do for it! While I will not be on main stage as Rosalinda (unless one of the two cast Rosalindas finds herself unable to perform between now and then), I will be part of the outreach productions, and I will be on main stage as part of the ensemble. More information will be provided once we have them scheduled!
Lastly, my mother is celebrating her 75th birthday this year by taking over the East Liberty Presbyterian Church service on November 16th. I will be performing with her for a duet, and there will be a post-service reception.