Amelia Taglieri and Jane Roth prepare a pasta dinner to welcome this season’s students at Seagle Music Colony. Seagle Music Colony will open for its 98th season this summer in Schroon Lake.
Seagle Music Colony will open for its 98th season this summer in Schroon Lake.
Seagle Music Colony is the oldest summer vocal training program in the United States and the premier opera and musical theatre producing organization in the Adirondack region of upstate New York. This year it will feature 32 students selected from 400 applicants.
“As part of their training during the summer program, the young artists, along with the professional SMC faculty and staff, will present six fully staged and costumed productions of opera and musical theatre,” Tony Kostecki, general director , said.
All productions will be presented at the colony’s Oscar Seagle Memorial Theatre on Charley Hill Road in Schroon Lake. Two will also be presented in other locations.
“Street Scene” by Kurt Weill will open the season July 3-7. It’s based on the play of the same title by Elmer Rice.
“Albert Herring,” a comic opera by Benjamin Britten will be performed July 17-20. The story of the opera follows the title character’s crowning as the virginal “May King” of his small English country town, and his subsequent fall from grace after collecting his winnings.
The Seagle Music Colony will produce the first opera in its history to be sung in Russian, “Eugene Onegin” (July 31-Aug. 3. English translations supertitles will be projected above the stage.
The Broadway musical “42nd Street” will take stage Aug. 14-17. The play follows the behind-the-scenes shenanigans of a Broadway diva and her rival ingénue.
Two productions will tour the region this summer. The children’s opera “The Three Little Pigs” opens at the Boathouse Theater in Schroon Lake on July 13 and then goes to North Creek, Ticonderoga, Bolton Landing, Glens Falls, Lake Placid and Chestertown. All performances are free and open to the public.
The story, adapted by John Davies, uses music from the operas of W.A. Mozart, and has a library theme.
A revue, “Music of the Night: the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber,” will be performed in North Creek at the Tannery Pond Community Center on July 20 and then plays in Schroon Lake at the Schroon Lake Central School July 25 and 26.
All of the four mainstage productions as well as the revue will include one matinee performance for those that may not be able to attend an evening show. Complete schedule information can be found at www.seaglecolony.org. Tickets can also be purchased by phone at 532-7875 or online at www.seaglecolony.org.
The other highlight of SMC’s 2013 season will be the 19th annual Patrice Munsel Gala, to be held on Saturday, July 13. The fundraising event includes a catered dinner, entertainment by colony artists, a live and silent auction, and dancing with the Frank Conti Band.
For more information or to reserve a ticket for the gala, call 532-7875 or check www.seaglecolony.org.