The Boatswain's Mate
Sunday, February 11, 2007 at 4:00 p.m.
and Susanna's Secret
- Mendocino Chamber Opera
at the Gualala Arts Center
Local Eyes will present a Sunday, February 11 comic-opera double bill at 4:00 p.m. The Boatswain's Mate by the English composer Ethyl Smyth (1858-1944), and Susanna's Secret by the German-Italian composer Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari (1876-1948) will be performed at Gualala Arts Center.
Both are representative of early 20th century romanticism, the first very English,
partly in the style of Gilbert & Sullivan, and the second quite convincingly Italian. Both
are comedies but quite different in their approach. The Boatswain's Mate
had a highly successful run on London's west end stage, as much for its
appeal to theater-goers as for its charming musical qualities. Susanna's
Secret is lusciously musical with broadly comic musical parody.
Featured in Susanna's Secret are soprano Amy White as the young bride,
Susanna, and base/baritone Dan Fowler as her very jealous husband. The
stage director is Jerry Greenberg, while Richard Goodman performs the piano
score. The cast of The Boatswain's Mate includes soprano Elaine Miksak as
the heroic Mrs. Waters - keeper of the Beehive public house; tenor Nick
Reid as Harry Benn, a suitor; Richard Goodman as Ned Travers, an
unemployed army veteran; and Jary Stavely as a traditionally confused
English policeman. The staging is by Richard Goodman and Jerry Greenberg,
with pianist Steve Gray as accompanist.
The production is fully staged and has a playing time of one hour and
forty-five minutes. Tickets can be purchased through Gualala Arts. Ticket
prices are $15 in advance or $20 day of show.
The Gualala Arts Center is located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information or to purchase tickets.