Oklahoma City – The Painted Sky Opera company’s production of “Three Decembers” (by Jake Heggie) is coming for two performances (May 11 and May 13) at the Civic Center Muck Hall in downtown Oklahoma City.
Based on a play by Terrence McNally, this opera by modern American composer Jake Heggie follows an aging Broadway star over 20 years as her adult children deal with the fallout of their upbringing and learn the shocking secret that their mother has been keeping from them. During her long career on the stage, Madeline Mitchell has neglected her children and, as they reach adulthood, still seems to care little for what matters to them. Her daughter Beatrice idolizes her long-dead father while being stuck in an unhappy marriage herself.
Meanwhile, Madeline’s son Charlie is losing his partner (whose name Madeline can’t even remember) to AIDS. The tangled nature of their family history is revealed in both humorous and tragic moments over three Christmases each separated by a decade.
Accentuated by Heggie’s sophisticated and accessible music, Painted Sky Opera’s leaders believe “Three Decembers” will appeal to both lovers of musical theatre and opera. The production premiered at Houston Grand Opera in 2008 with famed soprano Frederica von Stade in the lead role and has since been produced all over the country by opera companies both large and small. Painted Sky Opera’s production is the Oklahoma premiere.
The cast for this production include Catherine McDaniel as Madeleine, Katie Bolding as Beatrice, and André Chiang as Charlie.
The artistic staff or acocmplished professionals includes Stage Director: Rob Glaubitz, Music Director: Jan McDaniel, Technical Director: Scott Hynes, Costume Designer: Dayna Brown, Stage Manager: Megan Guerra, Assistant Music Director: Joe Fitzgerald, nad Assistant Stage Director: Claire Choquette. Assisting as covers are Megan Berti (Madeleine), and Autumn West (Beatrice).
The Painted Sky production of “Three Decembers” will be at the Freede Little Theatre in the Civic Center, at 8 p.m. on Friday May 11, and 2 p.m. on Sunday May 13. Tickets can be purchased during business hours at 201 North Walker Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73102. The box office and ticket sales number is 405.297.2264.
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