Celebrate Valentine season with THAT'S AMORE! Feb 9-17

Petite Original Productions 


Part of the company's new Original production series

Hold the dates or Buy Your Tickets now!

Saturdays, February 9 and 16 at 8:00 PM
Sundays, February 10 and 17 at 4:30 PM


Jenny (Grandma), age 13 through mid-80's ................ Susan Baushke
Michael (Grandpa), age 17 through mid-80's ................. Steven Arvanites

Instrumental Combo

Keyboards: Cody Michael Bradley
Guitar: Sean Godvik
Drums: Jerry King

When your grandkids bring you their dating problems, and ask you how you met, the answer is "That's Amore!"

Join grandma Jenny (Susan Baushke) and grandpa Michael (Steven Arvanites) on an intimate journey from adolescence through the golden anniversary years as they tell their grandchildren their story through flashbacks on their lives. Lives the comic mishaps and frustrations of dating, go on the couples' first date with them, and experience the joys and sorrows in a lifetime of seeking and finding love.

Accompanied by a terrific instrumental combo (Cody Michael Bradley, Sean Godvik and Jerry King), this original 2-person show features beloved selections from stage and screen, and even includes some audience participation. 

This show is a must-see for all ages.
Bring your memories, your valentine, your kids, and celebrate together.


Story by: Susan Baushke
Stage Director:  Susan Baushke
Music Director:  Cody Michael Bradley
Director of Production:  Steven Arvanites
Audio Designer: Nathan Oakes
Stage Manager:  Mary-Anne Belter
Costume Designer:  Sienna Kusek
Lighting Designer:  Betsy Sklena
Properties Designer: Nicole Verive Brett

Tickets are $27 for Adults (ages 18-61) | $25 for Seniors (age 62 and up)
$15 for Full-time Students (K through College) | $5 Preschool Children
OPTION 1: Order and Pay for your Tickets online via credit card:
http://petiteopera.tix.com (convenience fee applies)
OPTION 2: Reserve your tickets and pay at the Box Office on performance date
Call 847-553-4442 or email tickets@petiteopera.org
Provide name, show date, # and type of tickets, phone and email address for confirmation
Accepted at Box Office: Cash, Check, Credit Card (convenience fee applies)
NOTE: Credit card numbers not taken over the phone.
Please bring card with you to Box Office

OPTION 3: Buy tickets at the door
If it is 4 hours or less before show time, please bring cash, check or credit card with you to the theatre
and buy tickets at Box Office. Sold-out performances will be noted on the Ticket Hotline: 847-553-4442. 

Mary Wilson House Beyer Auditorium | part of St. Mary's Episcopal church campus
306 S Prospect Avenue (at Crescent Ave) | Park Ridge, IL 60068

2 hours including 15 minute intermission.
Handicapped accessible venue

Why Petite Opera's #metoo Don Giovanni can make a difference

Despicable and Applicable, Donny G has always been around

Don Juan premiered as a fictional/legendary character in 1630, and Mozart’s opera, Don Giovanni premiered in 1787. Then, it was appalling, but accepted, that noblemen—men of power and influence—exerted their power over women, those less affluent, or more helpless. Unfortunately, those behaviors never seem to go out of style. We still see it today, and most tend to turn a blind eye, or toss it off as “just part of the life”.
Tarana Burke started the “Me Too movement” as a way to raise awareness and intolerance of sexual violence and give the victims a voice. Hollywood actresses used it as a platform to speak out against the casting couch and perpetual abusers like Harvey Weinstein and former “America’s dad” and Jello spokesman Bill Cosby.
This is a social justice issue, and people are starting to take note. In fact, in 2017, the “Silence Breakers” were even given the “Person of the Year” award from Time Magazine.

Preying on others, abusing power, sexual misconduct and violence must stop. But it will only become a priority when we all make it so.

Don Giovanni was an opera we always wanted to produce, and its timely perspectives on the present #metoo movement is something that hits us all right between the eyes. People always say “times have changed”, but have they? In reality, the Don Juan story plays itself out in real life over and over again — 200 years ago, and today.

Why have we romanticized the Don Juan legend for so long? Even in the original literature, he isn’t some charismatic, sexually magnetic suave male from the cover of a romance novel, but a narcissistic sexual predator. We enable him by remaining silent.

Dimitri German portrays
"Donny G" in Petite Opera's
Production of Don Giovanni
The #metoo movement has really raised its hand, pointed its collective finger, and said “enough!”. We put that power in the hands of our characters in Don Giovanni to turn the tides of our times, and give victims their voices through music.

As artists, we must not only master our art, but change the world. As artists, we have a responsibility to be a mirror, reflecting back the social issues of our society so we can help the world heal, and make it a better place. 

Let’s get there together.

--Susan Baushke, Executive Director 
--Cathy Dunn, Stage Director

Buy tickets online to Petite Opera's #metoo Don Giovanni at www.petiteopera.tix.com
or call 847.553.4442 to reserve them for pickup and payment at Will Call.
To better understand the #metoo movement, check out these amazing timelines compiled by The Chicago Tribune:

PetiteOpera's #DonGiovanni fights off his #metoo accusers through Nov 18

See what patrons are buzzing about.

Learn what is happening in these photos by attending one of the three remaining performances:
Friday, November 16, 7:30 PM
Saturday, November 17, 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 18, 4:00 PM

MaryWilson House Beyer Auditorium
306 S Prospect Ave at Crescent Ave
Park Ridge, IL 60068



Why Petite Opera's Despicable #metoo Don Giovanni is So Applicable

"Don Giovanni is much more despicable and evil in this version", which makes him more relevant

In this patron review, Petite Opera's modernized #metoo version of Don Giovanni" gets a thumbs up. "Don Giovanni, in this version, is despicable and evil" and so, very applicable to current events. Set on a Hollywood film lot, with modern takes on the characters, this update shows how scary it is that times haven't changed since Mozart's day, yet the characters’ reactions are so relevant for today’s audiences. The opera opened Nov 3, and runs through November 18. 

Only 4 performances left!

Sunday, November 11 at 4:00 PM
Friday, November 16 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, November 17 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 18 at 4:00 PM

Tickets: www.petiteopera.tix.com.

Meet Otto Gruselig from the #metoo Don Giovanni by Petite Opera

Meet film star agent, Otto Gruselig

Meet Otto - The Hollywood film agent (and modern day version of Don Ottavio) from Petite Opera's #metoo Don Giovanni. Learn why he is much creepier than Mozart and DaPonte's original character, and is potentially more dangerous than Don Giovanni. See this insightful look into the original romantic character turned "romantic wannabe" that is so relevant today.

Featured: Nathan Oakes as Otto (right), and his co-stars, Lani Stait (far left) and Megan Rose Hendrickson (center), who portray Anna Pritchard.

The production opened November 3 and runs through November 18.

For ticket credit card orders: www.petiteopera.tix.org.
To reserve and pay cash or check at the Box office on show date, call 847.553.4442.

Meet Donny G from the #metoo Don Giovanni by Petite Opera

Meet Donny G - The man everyone loves to hate Don Giovanni -- or "Donny G" as he likes to be called in the modern world -- is the man everyone loves to hate. See this insightful look into the character featuring Wesly Anthony Clerge, who portrays the lead character in Petite Opera's new #metoo version of Mozart's "Don Giovanni".
Featured:  Wesly Anthony Clerge at Donny G (Don Giovanni) and Kate Sikora as Ellie Crystal (Donna Elvira).

The production opened November 3 and runs through November 18.

For ticket credit card orders: www.petiteopera.tix.org.
To reserve and pay cash or check at the Box office on show date, call 847.553.4442.

Patrons Say #MeToo to Petite Opera "Don Giovanni"

Hear why patrons believe Petite Opera's  modernized #metoo version of Don Giovanni embodies the #metoo movement and reflects the current times. Production clips included. Only six performances left:
Friday, November 9 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, November 10 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 11 at 4:00 PM
Friday, November 16 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, November 17 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 18 at 4:00 PM
Don't miss it!
Tickets: www.petiteopera.tix.com