With only two more performances remaining in the run of Petite Opera's new Chicago premiere, we continue our series on the Making of a Chicago Premiere.
In our last post, we noted that creating a Chicago Premiere involves some careful selection to make certain the "recipe" is just right, and discussed selecting the right version. Now, we'll look into Steps 3 through 5.
STEP 3: Select the correct location...
|Al Fonzarello, Randall and Elmer ride the El train to |
their advertising agency office in Chicago's
Palmolive (now, "Playboy") Building.
STEP 4: Select your visionary Stage Director and Creative Team
"We approached Cathy Dunn, a long-time performer at the Chicago Lyric Opera, to be our Stage Director. We're very impressed with her tremendous character insight and passion for bringing out the humor in every work. She makes outstanding use of the talents of emerging professional performers, as witnessed in our previous production at Petite Opera, including The Mikado, Cinderella (Massenet), and Hansel and Gretel," says Susan Baushke, Executive Director.
Toscas, who directed the world premiere, thought it would be fabulous to see the level of dimension and comedy that a female stage director brings to the characters in this version, since the women turn the tables on the guys.
|Malia Ropp as Flora and Sara Litchfield as Dora attract|
the guys' attention from the secretarial pool office.
|Mary Lutz Govertsen as Flora tells the tale of her |
faithfulness against Carmona's set, including aluminum
frame walls with bold, geometric colors and shapes.
|Guzniczak and Kakavas' whimsical Chicago skyline.|
Then, you select the perfect cast
|Petite Opera's Cosi fan tutte begins with a |
1950's-style tableau that introduces each
of the characters using a TV announcer
"Cosi is a true ensemble show, which makes it one of the most difficult to cast. All of the characters interact and change pairings during the course of the show, so how they look together, interact comically, blend musically... all of that has to be taking into consideration," explained Baushke. "The talent that auditioned for this show was tremendous.
Needless to say, we had a very difficult time casting the show, but we're certain audiences will be delighted with all of our choices".
Two casts will perform on alternating nights, so audiences can see the show multiple times, and enjoy different takes on the characters and comic delivery.
|Ms. Desi disguises herself as a|
crazy doctor to administer an
antedote to the guys.
|Elmer and Randall return disguised |
as beatniks. Al Fonzarello enlists
Ms. Desi's help to pull off the bet.
Petite Opera performs Cosi fan tutte (Everyone Is Just the Same) November 8-23, 2013 at Mary Wilson House Beyer Auditorium, part of St. Mary's Episcopal Church campus, 306 S Prospect Ave at Crescent Ave (enter on Crescent Ave), Park Ridge, IL. Call 847-553-4442 to reserve tickets, or purchase tickets online via credit card (convenience charges apply to credit card orders).