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2014-2105 Season University Opera Theatre • University Symphony Orchestra November 13 -16, 2014 • Power Center


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The University of Michigan, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, University Opera Theatre & University Symphony Orchestra presents

Music by Jake Heggie • Libretto by Terrence McNally Based on the novel by Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ Commissioned by the San Francisco Opera and premiered on October 7, 2000. Director Conductor/Music Director Assistant Conductor Scenic Designer Costume Designer Lighting Designer Sound Designer Wig & Makeup Designer Fight Choreographer Diction Coach Chorus Master Children’s Chorus Master Repetiteurs Supertitles Stage Manager

Kay Walker Castaldo Jerome Shannon Mélisse Brunet‡ Gary Decker Suzanne Young Robert Murphy Henry Reynolds Alyssa Battersby Robert Najarian Timothy Cheek Jessica Allen Bonnie Kidd Stanton Nelson, Nicholas Shaneyfelt Chris Bergen Brett Finley

Dead Man Walking will be performed with one intermission. ‡ Mélisse Brunet will conduct the performance on Sunday, November 16, 2014

Dead Man Walking is presented by arrangement with Bent Pen Music. Sole Agent: Bill Holab Music.

The performers and designers in this production are students and guests in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Scenery, costumes, properties, sound, and lighting were realized by the students and staff of University Productions, the producing unit of the SMTD. Ticket sales assist in providing SMTD students with practical training experience before live audiences. Thank you for supporting our educational mission. Latecomers will be seated at a suitable break. As a courtesy to others, please turn off cellular phones and pagers and refrain from texting during the performance. Photography, audio recording, and videotaping of any kind are not permitted.

A very special thanks to the Friends of Opera for their support and purchase of the student performer’s vocal scores for these performances.


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Cast of Characters (in order of appearance) November 13 & 15, 2014 November 14 & 16, 2014 A Teenage Boy.............................................. Eric Faler...................................... Eric Faler A Teenage Girl..............................................Kate Berg..................................... Kate Berg Anthony De Rocher.............................. Darren Fedewa............................. Darren Fedewa Joseph De Rocher, Anthony’s brother..... James Schmid........................... John Daugherty Sister Helen Prejean.....................................Sarah Coit................................Ashley Dixon Sister Rose............................Antonina Chekhovskaya....................................Katy Clark Sister Lillianne........................... Kaswanna Kanyinda.................... Kaswanna Kanyinda Sister Catherine................................... Melissa Sondhi.............................Elaina Robbins First Mother......................................... Marina Hogue..............................Marina Hogue Mrs. Charlton............................ Shenika John Jordan........................ Christabel Nunoo A Hitchhiker .........................................Kevin Harvey............................... Kevin Harvey Motorcycle Cop.............................. Anthony LaFrinier..........Francisco Bedoy Solorzano Father Grenville, the prison chaplain......Dan Kitzman......................... Alexander Turpin George Benton, the prison warden......Jonathan Harris................................. Glenn Healy First Prison Guard......................................Ross Green................................... Ross Green Second Prison Guard......................... Marcus Peterson...........................Marcus Peterson Inmate #1...............................Paul Robert Brumfield.................Paul Robert Brumfield Inmate #2..................................................Tomer Eres................................... Tomer Eres Inmate #3............................................Alex Greenzeig............................. Alex Greenzeig Inmate #4.......................................... Michael Fragale............................Michael Fragale Inmate #5........................................ Benton DeGroot ......................... Benton DeGroot A Paralegal/A Nurse............................. Tessa Patterson.............................Tessa Patterson Mrs. De Rocher, Joe’s mother................Natasha Drake......................................Lani Stait Her 19 year-old son................................. Tom Cilluffo.................................Tom Cilluffo Her 14 year-old son................................Kevin Harvey............................... Kevin Harvey Owen Hart, the girl’s father..................Michael Miller................................Luke Randall Kitty Hart, the girl’s mother................Angela Nieman....................................Tory Wood Jade Boucher, the boy’s mother.............. Nora Burgard.............................. Tessa Romano Howard Boucher, the boy’s father............ Lonnie Reed................Carlos Enrique Santelli Inmates..................... Matthew Fleisher, Marty Gray, Harrison Kane, David Magumba Nuns/Mothers...............Kaitlin Baker, Linda Burns, Zoe Hart, Madison Montambault, Rikki Morrow-Spitzer, Megan Smania, Christina Swanson, Maggie Tigue Press................Kaitlin Baker, Paul Brumfield, Alex Greenzeig, Madison Montambault Doctor............................................................................................................Marty Gray Children............................. Sofia Berenfeld, Emma Rose Carpenter, Leika Hillebrand, Loey Perpich Jones, Kayla Kendall, Emma Li, Alexandria Linders Sofia Berenfeld, Emma Rose Carpenter, Leika Hillebrand, Loey Perpich Jones, Kayla Kendall, and Alexandria Linders are members of the Ann Arbor Youth Chorale, Bonnie Kidd, Director.


Historical Integrity for Future Innovation This past summer, the University of Michigan continued ongoing initiatives to keep our beloved performance halls in prime condition. The goal was to maintain the original vision of these architecturally significant buildings while upgrading their infrastructure to meet contemporary life-safety considerations. Updates to these spaces included: Rackham Auditorium After a study determined the mysterious causes of paint flaking from the decorative ceiling, conservators researched original paint colors, creating new stencils, and restored the currently damaged areas. Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre Improvements include new LED aisle lights, new handrails in the balcony, enlarged barrier-free seating, and backstage safety improvements. Power Center The seats received new fabric, foam, springs, and arm rests. New LED aisle lights were added, as well as handrails to both sides of the aisles. Barrier-free seating areas in the theatre were enlarged, and the lobby level barrier-free restrooms were renovated. Additional work included repainting the main lobby, selected refurbishment in the lower level restrooms, replacement of galvanized piping, and theatrical lighting safety improvements. We thank the following individuals and groups for helping to maintain the rich cultural life of Ann Arbor by their exceptional assistance and expertise: President Emerita Mary Sue Coleman Office of the Associate Vice President for Facilities and Operations, Henry Baier, including: Architects Doug Hanna, Mark Klein, Michelle Smay; Interior Designer Sandra Richter; Construction Managers Eric Mutrynowski, John Hetrick; Mechanical Engineer Rosie Hood; Custodial Supervisor Craig Hartley and his crew; Smith Group JJR (Tricia Beck, Leland Curtis, Andrew Varilone); Commercial Contracting Corporation (David Gaggos, Tony Haag, Mike Helm and their steelworkers Floyd DeVoe, Terrance Dortch, Brian Hewitt, Norm Luck); John Canning & Company; David Rosenburg; Theatre Projects Consultants; American Seating Company; Barry LaRue, Shannon Rice, & Dianne Widzinski, SMTD; and many specialized construction workers.


University Symphony Orchestra Violin I.................................. Maxwell Karmazyn‡, Adam Millstein*, Michael Bechtel, Lauren Pulcipher , Claire Niederberger, Kristina Zlatareva Violin II......................................................Mallory Bray*, Gunnar Moll, Pin-Chia Su, Carmen Flesher, Zachary Ragent, Danny Clegg Viola................................ Jack Mobley*, Megan Lathan, Emma Dansak, Jhena Vigrass Cello............................................................... Isabel Kwon*, Kayla Mathes, Lucas Song Bass........................................................................... Eric Ridenour*, Lauren Rodewald Flute..................................................................................... Paulina Tsao, Hyunsu Yoon Oboe.............................................................................. Belinda Rosen, Andrew Cooper Clarinet.......................................................................... Taylor Isberg, Daniel Martinec Bassoon........................................................................... Saralyn Klepaczyk, John Byrne Trumpet........................................................................Christi Burkett, Andrew Gilliam Horn....................................................................... Christopher Nichols, Maxwell Stein Trombone.................................................................. Matthew Laskowski, Joshua Stover Percussion........................................ Ye Young Yoon, Benjamin Krauss, Karl Ronneburg Harp....................................................................................................... Caroline Nelson Piano................... Stanton Nelson (Nov. 13 & 16), Nicholas Shaneyfelt (Nov. 14 & 15) ‡Concertmaster

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Acknowledgments Media Sponsorship by WRCJ. Graphic design courtesy of the Boston Opera Collaborative. Special thanks to The Society of Properties Artisan Managers, Hannah Burnham at the University of Southern California School of Dramatic Arts, and PropsbyPat, LLC. “Watching You” Music and lyrics by Jake Heggie (BMI), Produced and arranged by Brian Culbertson; Jimmy Demers, vocals; Tolak Ollestad, harmonica; Mike Thompson, acoustic and electric guitars; Larry Kimpel, bass; Todd Sucherman, drums and percussion; Recorded at Megatrax by Eddie King, North Hollywood, CA; Mixed by Craig Bauer at Hinge, Chicago, IL. Brian Culbertson appears courtesy of GRP Records. “A Kiss in the Dark” Music by Jake Heggie (BMI); Performed by Dave Koz, soprano and alto saxophones; Produced by Brian Culbertson and Dave Koz; Brian Culbertson, keyboards and arrangement; Recorded at BCM by Doug Rider and Brian Culbertson; Mixed by Craig Bauer at Hinge, Chicago, IL. Brian Culbertson appears courtesy of GRP Records; Dave Koz appears courtesy of Capitol Records.


Announcing our Winter Opera

Julius Caesar in Egypt (Giulio Cesare in Egitto) Music by George Frideric Handel Libretto by Nicola Haym University Opera Theatre directed by Robert Swedberg University Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Kathleen Kelly Sung in Italian with projected English translations

Mar. 26 at 7:30 PM Mar. 27 & 28 at 8 PM • Mar. 29 at 2 PM Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre Tickets $28 and $22 • Students $10 with ID League Ticket Office • 734-764-2538 tickets.music.umich.edu


Synopsis SETTING: Louisiana, mid 1980s PROLOGUE — A teenage boy and girl have been skinny-dipping at a secluded lake. They have the radio on in their car, and are making out to its music. Anthony and Joseph De Rocher emerge from the shadows and turn the radio off. They attack the teens, raping the girl and shooting the boy. When the girl screams, Joseph stabs her until she is silent. ACT I — Sister Helen and Sister Rose are working with a group of children. Helen reflects upon her upcoming trip to Angola State Penitentiary where death-row inmate Joseph De Rocher, convicted of the horrific double murder, has asked her to visit. She sings a hymn, deeply disturbed about understanding her mission in life and the meeting. While driving to the prison, Helen is stopped for speeding. She prays for guidance. The prison chaplain, Father Grenville, receives her and warns that her visit is a waste of time as he regards Joe beyond salvation. Helen walks toward death row amidst mocking calls from the other prisoners. Joe puts on a cocky face for Helen before finally admitting to fear. He asks her to be his spiritual advisor and to accompany his mother to a hearing for a possible pardon. At the hearing, Joe’s mother pleads for her son’s life while the families of the victims counter with rage. As both sides await the verdict, Helen introduces herself to the other families. Word arrives that the pardon has been rejected. Helen tells Joe that an appeal has been sent to the governor and asks him to admit his guilt. Joe insists that his brother committed the murders. The guards and warden arrive, asking Helen to leave the room. Helen enters the canteen, but hallucinating and weak from a lack of food, she faints. ACT II — The governor has refused a pardon. Alone in his cell, Joe learns the date and time set for his execution. He muses upon his feelings about the victims, Sister Helen, and his own impending death. Awakening from a nightmare about Joe, Helen admits to Sister Rose that she must find the strength to forgive Joe herself. On the night of the execution, Joe and Helen become friends by discovering a shared love of Elvis. She asks again that he admit his guilt. Joe’s family comes to see him and he asks their forgiveness. His mother fights Joe’s desire to confess, insisting she believes in his innocence. Joe is led away and Helen comforts his mother. To herself, Helen wonders if she has the strength to face this night, as her sister nuns arrive to support her. Having arrived to witness the execution, the parents of the murder victims take Helen to task for being on Joe’s side. When one father, Owen Hart, expresses doubts about the redemptive value of execution, Helen opens a dialogue with him. Permitted one last visit with Joe, she asks him to take her to that night. He does so slowly, admitting his guilt. She promises him forgiveness, both hers and God’s. Joe is brought to the execution chamber as Father Grenville and the spectators recite the Lord’s Prayer. Helen reads to Joe from the Bible and stays beside him until they reach the place where they must bid farewell. She is taken to the viewing area, and makes a point of being where Joe will be able to see her. In his last moments, Joe asks the forgiveness of the victims’ families and directs to Helen the words, “I love you.” When Joe is gone, Helen sings a hymn for him; victorious in the understanding of what her life’s mission is to be and in his redemption. — adapted from synopses by Central City Opera & Madison Opera


About Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ has been instrumental in sparking national dialogue on the death penalty and helping to shape the Catholic Church’s newly vigorous opposition to state executions. She travels around the world giving talks about her ministry. She considers herself a southern storyteller. A member of the Congregation of St. Joseph, she spent her first years with the Sisters teaching religion to junior high school students. Realizing that being on the side of poor people is an essential part of the Gospel, she moved into the St. Thomas Housing Project in New Orleans and began working at Hope House from 1981 – 1984. During this time, she was asked to correspond with a death-row inmate Patrick Sonnier at Angola. She agreed and became his spiritual adviser. After witnessing his execution, she wrote a book about the experience. The result was Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States. It became a movie, an opera, and a play for high schools and colleges. Since 1984, Sister Helen has divided her time between educating citizens about the death penalty and counseling individual death-row prisoners. She has accompanied six men to their deaths. In doing so, she began to suspect that some of those executed were not guilty. This realization inspired her second book, The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions, which was released by Random House in December of 2004. Sr. Helen is presently at work on another book - River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey.

About the Lobby Art Exhibit: Marking Time Hanging in the Power Center lobby for the month of November is a curated exhibition of art by current and formerly incarcerated individuals presented by the U-M Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP). PCAP was founded in 1990 with the mission to collaborate with incarcerated adults, incarcerated youth, urban youth and the formerly incarcerated to strengthen our community through creative expression. Housed in the U-M’s Residential College, faculty and students work with community members both inside and outside prisons to engage in workshops in theatre, dance, visual art, creative writing, slam poetry, and music. Annually, PCAP hosts one of the largest prisoner art exhibitions in the world and publishes a literary journal of writing by incarcerated authors. With arts programming and events year round, the organization serves as a creative hub for those with links to the criminal justice system, community volunteers, faculty, students, and university staff. In March 2015, PCAP will present its 20th Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners. Despite limited resources, exhibition artists create work in a rich range of styles, mediums and themes. The exhibition sheds light on the talents found behind prison walls and encourages the public to take a second look, inspiring dialogue and awareness. As a result of this annual event, the amount of art created in Michigan prisons has increased dramatically, and Michigan prison artists have become national leaders, inspiring others to create art behind bars. For more information on PCAP visit: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/pcap


About the Composer & Librettist Jake Heggie (Composer) is the American composer of the operas Moby-Dick, Dead Man Walking, Three Decembers, To Hell and Back, and Out of Darkness: a triptych of Holocaust stories (Another Sunrise – Farewell, Auschwitz – For a Look or a Touch). He has also composed more than 250 songs, as well as chamber, choral and orchestral works. The operas – most created with the distinguished writers Terrence McNally and Gene Scheer – have been produced extensively on five continents. Dead Man Walking (McNally) has received 40 productions since its premiere, as well as two live recordings. Moby-Dick (Scheer) was telecast in 2013 as part of Great Performances’ 40th Season and was recently released on DVD (EuroArts). It is also the subject of the book Heggie & Scheer’s Moby-Dick: A Grand Opera for the 21st Century (UNT Press). Heggie, a Guggenheim Fellow, has served as a mentor to Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative for young composers and librettists for the past two seasons. Upcoming commissions include Great Scott (McNally) for The Dallas Opera, starring Joyce DiDonato; The Radio Hour (Scheer) for the John Alexander Singers; a new project for Houston Grand Opera; songs for Kiri Te Kanawa at Ravinia; and The Work at Hand, Symphonic Songs for mezzo Jamie Barton and cellist Anne Martindale-Williams, co-commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony and Carnegie Hall. Photo © Ellen Appel. www.jakeheggie.com Terrence McNally (Libretto) Terrence McNally was awarded the Dramatists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. He is the winner of Tony Awards for his plays Love! Valour! Compassion! and Master Class and his books for the musicals Ragtime and Kiss of the Spiderwoman. In 2010, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presented Terrence McNally’s Nights at the Opera, a three-play festival of his work. In 1996, he was elected to the Theater Hall of Fame. More recently, It’s Only A Play opened at Broadway’s Schoenfeld Theater and Mothers and Sons, his 20th Broadway production, received a 2014 Tony Nomination for Best Play. Off-Broadway, Golden Age opened at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Stage One at City Center and the Pearl Theatre premiered And Away We Go at their new home on 42nd St. Other plays include Frankie and Johnny in the Clair De Lune, Lips Together, Teeth Apart, The Lisbon Traviata, Corpus Christi, The Ritz, Some Men, A Perfect Ganesh, Bad Habits, The Stendhal Syndrome, Dedication or the Stuff of Dreams, Deuce, and Unusual Acts of Devotion at the La Jolla Playhouse and Philadelphia Theatre Company. He has written the books for the musicals The Full Monty, A Man of No Importance, and The Visit. He also wrote the libretto for the opera Dead Man Walking, which had its premiere at San Francisco Opera. He won the Emmy Award for Andre’s Mother.


About the Cast Kaitlin Baker (Nun/Mother/Press) sophomore, BM Vocal Educ., Jenison, MI Sofia Berenfeld (Children’s Chorus) eighth grade, AAYC, Ann Arbor, MI Kate Berg (Girl) junior, BFA Theatre Perf., New York, NY Paul Robert Brumfield (Inmate #1/Press) senior, BM Vocal Perf./BA Political Science, Bakersfield, CA Nora Burgard (Jade Boucher) senior, BM Vocal Perf., Chapel Hill, NC Linda Burns (Nun/Mother) BM Vocal Perf., Grand Ledge, MI Emma Rose Carpenter (Children’s Chorus) eighth grade, AAYC, Ann Arbor, MI Antonina Chekhovskaya (Sister Rose) grad student, MM Vocal Perf. and Choral Conducting, Grand Rapids, MI Tom Cilluffo (Her 19 year old son) senior, BM Vocal Perf., Traverse City, MI Katy Clark (Sister Rose) grad student, MM Vocal Perf., London, Ontario, Canada Sarah Coit (Sister Helen Prejean) grad student, MM Vocal Perf., Spring Hill, FL John Daugherty (Joseph De Rocher) grad student, MM Vocal Perf., Tijeras, NM Benton DeGroot (Inmate #5) sophomore, BM Vocal Perf., Midland, MI Ashley Dixon (Sister Helen Prejean) grad student, MM Vocal Perf., Peachtree City, GA Natasha Drake (Mrs. De Rocher) grad student, MM Vocal Perf., Minneapolis, MN Tomer Eres (Inmate #2) junior, BM Vocal Perf., Lexington, KY Eric Faler (Boy) first-year, BFA Theatre Perf., Sleepy Hollow, IL Darren Fedewa (Anthony De Rocher) senior, BM Vocal Perf., Ann Arbor, MI Matthew Fleisher (Inmate) first-year, BM Vocal Perf., Gwynedd Valley, PA Michael Fragale (Inmate #4) grad student, MM Vocal Perf., Ann Arbor, MI Marty Gray (Inmate) sophomore, BM Vocal Perf., Marquette, MI Ross Green (First Prison Guard) grad student, MM Vocal Perf., Delton, MI Alex Greenzeig (Inmate #3/Press) junior, BM Vocal Perf., Chappaqua, NY Jonathan Harris (Warden Benton) grad student, DMA Vocal Perf., New Orleans, LA Zoe Hart (Nun/Mother) senior, BM Vocal Perf., New York, NY Kevin Harvey (Her 14 year old son/Hitchhiker) senior, BM Vocal Perf., Bethel Park, PA Glenn Healy (Warden George Benton) grad student, MM Vocal Perf., Los Altos, CA Leika Hillebrand (Children’s Chorus) ninth grade, AAYC, Ann Arbor, MI Marina Hogue (First mother) senior, BM Vocal Perf., Boynton Beach, FL Loey Perpich Jones (Children’s Chorus) seventh grade, AAYC, Ann Arbor, MI Shenika John Jordan (Mrs. Charlton) junior, BM Vocal Perf. w/Perf. Arts Mgmt minor, Brooklyn, NY Harrison Kane (Inmate) first-year, BM Vocal Perf., Ann Arbor, MI Kaswanna Kanyinda (Sister Lillianne) grad student, MM Vocal Perf., Raleigh, NC Kayla Kendall (Children’s Chorus) tenth grade, Ann Arbor Youth Chorale, Ann Arbor, MI Daniel Kitzman (Fr. Grenville) senior, BM Vocal Perf. w/Teaching Cert., Walled Lake, MI Anthony LaFrinier (Cop) grad student, MM Vocal Perf., Coeur d’Alene, ID Emma Li (Children’s Chorus) fourth grade, Martin Luther King Jr. Elem. School, Ann Arbor, MI Alexandria Linders (Children’s Chorus) ninth grade, AAYC, Ann Arbor, MI David Magumba (Inmate) sophomore, BM Vocal Perf., Ann Arbor, MI


About the Cast Michael Miller (Owen Hart) junior, BM Vocal Perf., Meadville, PA Madison Montambault (Nun/Mother/Press) sophomore, BM Vocal Perf., Ann Arbor, MI Rikki Morrow-Spitzer (Nun/Mother) sophomore, BM Vocal Perf., Portland, ME Angela Nieman (Kitty Hart) grad student, MM Vocal Perf., Milwaukee, WI Christabel Nunoo (Mrs. Charlton) junior, BM Vocal Perf., Oakland, CA Tessa Patterson (A Paralegal) senior, BM Vocal Perf., New Hudson, MI Marcus Peterson (Second Prison Guard) junior, BM Vocal Perf. w/Teaching Cert., West Bloomfield, MI Luke Randall (Owen Hart) grad student, MM Vocal Perf., Edina, MN Lonnie Reed (Howard Boucher) grad student, MM Vocal Perf., Beaumont, TX Elaina Robbins (Sister Catherine) grad student, MM Vocal Perf., Ann Arbor, MI Tessa Romano (Jade Boucher) grad student, MM Vocal Perf., Sarasota, FL Carlos Enrique Santelli (Howard Boucher) grad student, MM Vocal Perf., Orlando, FL James Schmid (Joseph De Rocher) senior, BM Vocal Perf., Ann Arbor, MI Francisco Bedoy Solorzano (Cop) grad student, MM Vocal Perf., Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico Megan Smania (Nun/Mother) sophomore, BM Vocal Perf. and Vocal Educ., DeWitt, MI Melissa Sondhi (Sister Catherine) senior, BM Vocal Perf., Indianapolis, IN Lani Stait (Mrs. De Rocher) grad student, MM Vocal Perf., Annandale, VA Christina Swanson (Nun) junior, BM Vocal Perf., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI Maggie Tigue (Nun/Mother) sophomore, BM Vocal perf., Wantagh, NY Alexander Turpin (Father Grenville) grad student, MM Vocal Perf., Albany, NY Tory Wood (Kitty Hart) grad student, MM Vocal Perf., Escanaba, MI

About the Creative Team A nn A rbor Youth Chorale (AAYC) (Children’s Chorus) The Ann Arbor Youth Chorale is a community children’s chorus founded in 1987. AAYC’s purpose is to offer excellent choral training to a diverse group of talented children. The Chorale holds auditions each May and September. AAYC has sung with the U-M Opera Theatre, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, and has been invited to perform both nationally and internationally. www.annarboryouthchorale.org A lyssa Battersby (Wig & Makeup Designer) recently graduated with a BFA in design & production. U-M: Three Sisters, Marisol; Asst. to the Wig/Makeup Designer - Les Misérables, The Rake’s Progress, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Skin of Our Teeth. Broadway: Assistant to the SFX Designer;  Rocky. Regional Theatre:  Assistant to the Wig/Makeup Designer; Florentine Opera, The Flying Dutchman, La Bohème, Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, Henry IV, Syracuse Stage, Hairspray, Weston Playhouse, Fiddler on the Roof.


About the Creative Team Mélisse Brunet (Assistant Conductor) is a DMA conducting candidate at U-M studying with Kenneth Kiesler. International: Regular guest conductor in France with the professional orchestras of Rouen, Nancy, Auvergne, Avignon, and Montpellier. U.S.: Auditioned for The Cleveland Orchestra and works periodically for The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus as a lyric diction coach. Other: Studies with Marin Alsop, Pierre Boulez, Gustav Meier, Peter Eötvös; Masters from the Paris Conservatoire. melissebrunet.com K ay Walker Castaldo (Director) is a Clinical Assoc. Professor of Music in the SMTD. Opera: Theatre Colon - Argentina, Seattle Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh Opera, Indianapolis Opera, New York City Opera, Florida Grand Opera, L’Opéra de Montréal, Opera Delaware, Cincinnati Opera, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Syracuse Opera, Saratoga Opera, Manitoba Opera, Calgary Opera, Grand Teton Music Festival, Academy of Vocal Arts, Indiana Univ., Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Festival of New Jersey, Opera Omaha. Teaching: Univ. of Michigan, Yale Univ., Univ. of the Arts, Wilma Theater, Music Theater Project in Athens, Greece, Spoleto Vocal Festival, Curtis Institute, AVA. Gary Decker (Scenic Designer) has designed more than 100 productions. In Michigan, he has worked at the Gem, Attic, Birmingham, Boarshead, and Purple Rose Theatres. Recent designs include the national tours of The Sunshine Boys and Same Time, Next Year. His scenic design for Fully Committed at The Century Theatre earned the Detroit Free Press 2002 Theatre Design Excellence Award. He has designed interiors or lighting for commercial projects including: The Elwood Grill in Detroit, The Fashion Cafe in New York, and The Arndale Centre in Manchester, UK. Theatre Department faculty member since 1984. Brett Finley (Stage Manager) UM: Armide, Albert Herring, Postcard from Morocco, La Bohème, The Bartered Bride, Così fan tutte, Tartuffe, Don Giovanni, The Cunning Little Vixen, The Consul, Falstaff, La Traviata, L’enfant et les Sortilèges/Le Rossignol, Le Nozze di Figaro. Regional Opera/Theatre: San Francisco Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Ft. Worth Opera, Opera Tampa, New Orleans Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Chautauqua Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Spoleto Festival USA, The Washington Opera, Opera Pacific, Michigan Opera Theatre, Virginia Opera, San Diego Civic Light Opera, Opera Grand Rapids, Peter Sparling and Co., Michigan Shakespeare Festival.  Rob Murphy (Lighting Designer) is an Assoc. Professor of Design in the Dept. of Theatre & Drama. U-M: Cabaret, The Barber of Seville, Ariadne auf Naxos, The Full Monty, Brigadoon, Much Ado About Nothing, Into the Woods, Armide, Macbeth, Evita, Albert Herring, Ella Minnow Pea. Regional Theatre: Almost 100 LORT scenic and lighting designs: The Guthrie Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, La Jolla Playhouse, NY Theatre Workshop; worked with directors Robert Woodruff, Anne Bogart, Bartlett Sher, Micheal Grief, and Oskar Eustis; former resident designer: Trinity Rep. Co., Missouri Rep. Theatre (now the Kansas City Rep).


About the Creative Team Robert Najarian (Fight Choreographer) is an Asst. Professor in the Department of Theatre & Drama.  Opera:  Boston Lyric Opera, Washington National Opera, Boston University Opera Institute. Regional: American Repertory Theatre, Boston Ballet, SITI Company, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, New Repertory Theatre, Speakeasy Stage, Company One. Teaching: Boston University, North Carolina School of the Arts, Harvard University, College of the Holy Cross, Emerson College, Bowdoin College, Notre Dame University, Brandeis University. Henry R eynolds (Sound Designer) is an Asst. Professor in the Dept. of Theatre & Drama and the sound engineer and information systems manager for Univ. Productions. U-M: Sound Designer: Good Kids, Marisol, Hay Fever, Three Sisters, Red Noses, August: Osage County, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Trumpets and Raspberries, Trafford Tanzi, Macbeth, Jonesin’, J.B., Playing for Time, The Laramie Project, The Rover, The Nutcracker, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Grapes of Wrath, To Kill a Mockingbird, Our Country’s Good, I Am A Man, Born in the R.S.A. Regional Theatre: Sound Design, Of Mice and Men, 2008 Fort Worth Opera Festival. Jerome Shannon (Conductor) Praised for his “skill and verve” (New York Times), Shannon celebrates nearly thirty years as an operatic conductor, coach, pianist and administrator. Current: La Bohème, Nashville Opera; Dead Man Walking, U-M’s SMTD and Dayton Opera; La Bohème, The Pirates of Penzance, Pensacola Opera; La Cenerentola, Shreveport Opera; Rigoletto, Cosí fan tutte, The Ballad of Baby Doe, Brevard Music Center. Conducting: Washington National Opera, Nashville Opera, Virginia Opera, San Antonio Opera, Lake George Opera, Fresno Grand Opera, Mobile Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Opera Naples, Opera Roanoke, Ash Lawn-Highland Festival, Opera Company of Boston, Virginia Symphony, Mobile Symphony,  Riverside Symphonia, West Virginia Symphony, Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, Mobile Ballet. Suzanne Young (Costume Designer) U-M: The Magic Flute, Translation, Dancelucent, Dance @ 100, Mapping the River, In the Garden, and Reflections and Reveries. Regional Theatre/ Opera:  Pine Mountain Music Festival; Rockland, A Little Night Music, Cosí fan tutte, La Traviata, Purple Rose Theatre, Performance Network,  Wild Swan Theater, Tipping Point Theatre and, most recently, a Wilde Award for best costume design for Michigan Shakespeare Festival’s The Importance of Being Earnest.


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CHRISTOPHER KENDALL, DEAN Paul Boylan Collegiate Professor of Music UNIVERSITY OPERA THEATRE Opera........................... Kay Walker Castaldo, Robert Swedberg Diction..............................................................Timothy Cheek Voice Chair.......................................................... Stephen West Voice..................Kristen Eder, Caroline Helton, Freda Herseth, Stephen Lusmann, Stanford Olsen, Carmen Pelton, Scott Piper, Melody Racine, Rico Serbo, Martha Sheil, Matthew Thompson, Daniel Washington, Nadine Washington Prof. Emeritus.................................................... George Shirley UNIVERSITY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Director of Orchestras...................................... Kenneth Kiesler Director of Ensemble Operations............................Emily Avers Ensembles Manager & Librarian...............................Paul Feeny Ensembles Assistant........................................... Michael Steiger Personnel Manager........................................... Kevin Fitzgerald Equipment Assts.......................... Isaac Roles, Katherine Zhang UNIVERSITY PRODUCTIONS ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF Director.................................................................Jeffrey Kuras Department Administrator.............................. Fatima Abdullah Office Assistant III................................................Shelda Smith Marketing & Communications Dir............. Kerianne M. Tupac Graphic Design..............................Boston Opera Collaborative Photographer..................................... Peter Smith Photography Information Systems Manager.......................... Henry Reynolds Facilities Manager.................................................Shannon Rice House Manager of Performance Halls........... Dianne Widzinski Usher Coordinator.................................................Brian Roddy PC House Manager...........................................Lucille Santiago Senior Backstage Operations Mgr...........................Barry LaRue Backstage Operations Mgrs..........Mark Gordon, David Pickell, Dane Racicot, Donald C. Watkins Admin. Office Assts............Olivia Neinhouse, Hannah Sparrow PRODUCTION STAFF Production Manager......................................Amanda Mengden Production Stage Manager................................... Nancy Uffner Production Office Assts.................................Aishawarya Singh, Rachel Waddell, Mauve Zolkowski Technical Dir. (Power).................................... Douglas Edwards Technical Dir. (Walgreen).......................Richard W. Lindsay, Jr. Master Carpenter................................................... Paul Hunter Carpenter............................................................ Russ Dunham Charge Scenic Artist (Power)...............................Toni Y. Auletti Charge Scenic Artist (Walgreen)........................Beth Sandmaier Properties Master.................................................Patrick Drone Assoc. Properties Master........................................ Sarah Tanner Properties Artisan.................................................Dan Erickson

Master Electrician............................................Mark Allen Berg Sound Engineers........................Roger Arnett, Henry Reynolds Costume Shop Manager.......................................Laura Brinker Assoc. Costume Shop Manager........................... George Bacon Cutter/Drapers..... Corey Globke, Lea M. Morello, T J Williamson Crafts Artisan............................................Elizabeth Gunderson Costume Stock Administrator............................... Renae Skoog PRODUCTION CREW First Asst. Stage Manager.................................... Rachel Kaplow Asst. Stage Managers.......... Jacqueline Saldana, Nicholas Shafer Asst. Director.....................................................Kelsey Murphy Asst. Sound Designers.............Alexander O’Neill, Skyler Schmidt Production Electrician................................................... Janak Jha Scene Shop (Power)..............................John-Alexander Sakelos, Evan VanBeelen, Kyle Weber Paint.....Angela Alvarez, Paulina Bromberg, Breanna Gomillion, Tanner Porter, Jillian Slade, students of Theatre 250 & 252 Properties............. Chelsea Becker, Lucy Briggs, Rachel Kaplow, Elana Lantry, Josie Patalon, students of Theatre 250 & 252 Professional Stitchers....Patty Branam, Laurie Kantner, Rene Plante Costumes............... Lindsay Balaka, Anneliza Canning-Skinner, Danielle Cohn, Jean-Luc Deladurantaye, Rochelle Jackson, Kayleigh Laymon, Rowan Renstrom-Richards, Grace Santamaria, Michaela Tansley, Michayla Vantreek, students of Theatre 250 & 252 Sound.................Shamik Ganguly, Takumi Ogata, Landon Orr Electrics.............. Martjin Appelo, Anna Edelman, Sten Eikrem, Sarah Frank, Nicole Gellman, Ross Green, Janak Jha, Abbey Kojima, Bryan Mathison, Megan Oosthoek, Clarissa Ortiz, Nicholas Shafer, Alexander Smith, Aliyah Smith, Elizabeth Williams, students of Theatre 250 & 252 RUNNING CREW Supertitles................................................Westley Montgomery Scenery.......Eric Faler, B.J. Myers, Charlie Patterson, Matt Sena Props ...................................Zoe Andersen, Nkeki Obi-Melekwe, ...................................................Alex Sherwin, Maeve Zolkowski Light Board Operator..................................... Steven Wezelman Lighting............................................... Christiopher Campbell, Carina-Kay Louchiey, Eiten Mazia Sound...................................................................Peter Scattini Projectionist........................................................Katrina Fasulo Wardrobe............. Janin Rosas‡, Jackie Cano, Rochelle Jackson, Tessa Patterson, Khris Sanchez, Devon Sparks Wigs and Make-Up....................Rowan Richards, Alexis Turner Child Supervisor...............................................Katherine Ward ‡ Crew Head


2014-15 Season

Fuente Ovejuna

Dept. of Theatre & Drama • Dec. 4-7

Collage Concert SMTD • Jan. 17 Currents & Crossings Dept. of Dance • Feb. 5-8

Stupid F###ing Bird

Dept. of Theatre & Drama • Feb. 19-22

The Tempest

MT Studio Production • Feb. 19-22

Julius Caesar in Egypt

Univ. Opera Theatre & Philharmonia Orch. Mar. 26-29

Iphigenia at Aulis

Dept. of Theatre & Drama • Apr. 2-12

The Music Man

Dept. of Musical Theatre • Apr. 16-19

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For Your Information Latecomer Policy Latecomers will be seated at a suitable break or scene change. Pagers, Cellular Phones, Watch Alarms Please set pagers to silent mode. Cellular phones should be deactivated. Please deactivate your electronic watch alarm so it will not interrupt the performance. Please refrain from texting during the performance. Smoke Free Campus Smoking is not permitted in University buildings or on University grounds. Smoking is permitted only in personal vehicles or on the sidewalks of major thoroughfares. Emergency Procedure In the event of fire or severe storm, you will be instructed by an announcement from the stage indicating the best method of exit. Please notice the multiple red exit signs in the theatre. For your safety, please exit in a calm and orderly manner. Cameras and Recording Devices The use of cameras — with or without a flash — recorders, or other electronic devices inside the theatre is strictly prohibited. Food and Drink No food or drink is allowed in the theatre. Children As a courtesy to our audience and the performers, children under the age of three will not be admitted to performances. All children must have a ticket. If your child proves disruptive or excessively restless, you may be asked to leave by House Management. Large Print Programs Large print programs are available free of charge from House Management.

Accessibility Accessible ramps, elevators, parking, restrooms, and wheelchair seating are available for patrons with disabilities. Please note there is no elevator to the balcony level in Power Center and the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Sound Enhancement The theatre is equipped with an infrared listening system for listening enhancement. Lightweight, wireless headsets are available free of charge from House Management. Parking For your parking convenience, we recommend arriving early. Prepaid parking passes are also available at the League Ticket Office. Parking Customer Service: 764-8291 (M-F, 7:30a-4:30p) or 764-7474 (evenings & weekend) Ticket Sales and Information Hours: Monday – Friday: 9 am – 5 pm Saturday: 10 am - 1 pm Performances: 1 hour prior to curtain Phone: (734) 764-2538 Online: tickets.music.umich.edu Address: 911 N. Univ., Ann Arbor, MI 48109 Ticket Exchanges Subscribers may exchange their tickets by mail or in person at no charge. Non-subscribers may exchange their tickets by mail or in person for a small processing fee. Exchanged tickets must be received by the Ticket Office (by mail or in person) at least 48 hours prior to the performance and are made only for another performance of the same play. Group Discounts Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more. Comments? Write us at: University Productions, Attn.: Jeffrey Kuras 911 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109


The University of Michigan, School of Music, Theatre & Dance gratefully acknowledges the following individuals for their support of productions at the School. Gifts to U-M SMTD productions help support all aspects of productions - sets, costumes, lighting, sound, guest artists, and more - for all the School of Music, Theatre & Dance’s mainstage shows. These funds assist in providing SMTD students with practical training experience and the opportunity to network with guest professionals. Thank you. U-M SMTD Production Support Gifts from July 1, 2013 - September 24, 2014 GIFTS OF $1,000 & ABOVE Jack & Eileen Chisholm GIFTS OF $500-$999 Henry & Harlene Appelman Marlys Hamill   GIFTS OF $250-$499 William & Florence Davis Gordon & Elaine Didier   GIFTS OF $100-$249 Steven Bollini Clayton Carson S.J. & Odes Elden Glenn & Carol Galler Carole & Larry Katz Herbert & Jane Kaufer Steven & Shira Klein Wayne & Georgia Lindstrom Macy’s Foundation Beverly Manko Benjamin Marshall & Reola Avant Herman & Bernice Merte Bonnie Metzger John Mills Fred & Margaret Patterson Edward Sneideman David & Karen Stutz

Louise Taylor Bob Thornton Mary & Joseph Toboni Eric & Sheridan Warden Melissa Wasilewski Vivian Wilson David & Carol Yoder GIFTS UNDER $100 Sally Barnett Susan Barrera Tyler Barron Sang Chen Merry Clark Norman & Anne Cox Tom Czarnik James Delhey Marilyn Dickson Kathleen Diggs Jean Dolega Kelly & Nick Dyer Helen Emmons Douglas & Angela Fullen Ann & William Furtwangler Rebecca & D. Bruce Gaffney Richard Garner Mark Haddox Robert & Karen Hahn Janelle & David Hansen Cassandra Helmer Lorna Hurl & David Tucker

Stevo & Susan Julius Susan & Anthony Konovaliv Gary & Barbara Krenz Kathleen & Roger Leonard William & Garland Lewis John Lucas Rosemary Lutz Judith & William Lynn Melvin & Daisy Jean Manis Brigitte & Klaus Marten John & Glenda Mathes Anastasia Moro Margie Morris & Melvin Hochster Joan O’Lear Margaret & Nels Oman Douglas & Carole Peck Jonathan Pevarnek Sheryl Pomerance Sally & Bruce Richardson Carol Rundle Sandra Samons Nancy & Stephen Schewe Dean Shuey Sharyn Sivyer Allan & Marcia Stillwagon Brad Vincent

We apologize for any omissions or errors made in this donor listing. Please direct questions or comments to the School of Music, Theatre & Dance Office of Development & External Relations at 734-763-9769.


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ince 1974, Friends of Opera has supported the SMTD Department of Voice and its distinguished opera program, allowing voice students at the University of Michigan to experience the greatest opportunities for study and performance. Gifts to the Friends of Opera provide discretionary support to the Department for programmatic needs such as covering the cost of opera scores for students performing in main stage productions, enriching the opera workshop program, and funding a cash prize to the winner of the annual Friends of Opera vocal competition. Gifts to the Friends of Opera Endowment provide funding for student scholarships and assist the Department in attracting top talent to its program. The following opera enthusiasts have made a recent gift to the Friends of Opera. Their support makes a difference at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, and also throughout the opera world, by ensuring that our students develop the skills, artistry, and experience they need to become the next generation of great opera singers. Thank you! Friends of Opera Annual Gifts from July 1, 2012 - October 25, 2014 Gifts of $2,500-$4,999 H. David Kaplan GIFTS OF $1,000-$2,499 Anne & James Duderstadt Richard LeSueur   GIFTS OF $500-$999 Dale & Nancy Briggs Gretchen & John Jackson Diane Kirkpatrick Alan & Jean Krisch John & Jerry Weidenbach   GIFTS OF $250-$499 Gretchen Batra Lawrence Berlin & Jean McPhail Richard & Jo Ann Dionne Abba Friedman William Hufford & Sarah Towne Hufford Janet & John Knapp Peggy McCracken & Douglas Anderson Melinda Morris Franklin & Lynn Norman Joseph Placek John Romani & Barbara Anderson

Dietmar Wagner Michael Wellman Marina & Robert Whitman GIFS OF $100-$249 Carolyn Austin Gorman & Andrea Beauchamp Kathryn & Harry Benford Marceline & Gerald Bright Steven & Joyce Gerber Robert Green & Martha Sullivan Green Katherine & Tyrell Harris Evelyn & David Healy Bill Helfer John Hillabolt Warren Jaworski Samuel & Marilyn Krimm Lisa Mazzia Kittie Morelock Colin & Nancy Oatley Constance & Charles Olson Wendell Orr Sinclair & S. Suzanne Powell Nancy & John Prince Harry & Gene Regenstreif Robin & Douglas Richstone


Barbara Ritter Donald Ritter Richard & Edie Rosenfeld Gary Sasaki Albert & Jane Sayed Courtland & Inga Schmidt Patrick & Carol Sherry Duane Thomas & Judith Lobato Alvan & Katharine Uhle Gladys Young GIFTS UNDER $100 Vincent Babich Rosalyn Barclay Norman & Sheila Brody Matthew & Kathryn Carroll John Cederquist & M. Kennedy Shaw Judy & Malcolm Cohen Peggy Daub & Jeffrey Cooper Stephen & Ann Donawick Suzy & Niels Engleberg Howard Fox Ilana & Ari Gafni Janice Geddes Robert Glassman & Jennie Lieberman Anita & Albert Goldstein

I.A.T.S.E. Local 395 Hedi & Martin Kaufman Ellen & Michael Kettler Luise & Frederick Kienzle Marlene & John Kondelik Vicki Kondelik Robert Larsen Max Lepler & Rex Dotson James & Louise Low Daisy Jean & Melvin Manis Timothy & Anne Marvin Charles Mason Mary & John Matle N. Harris & Margaret McClamroch Sophia & Nooraldeen Ridha Harriet Selin John Shea Susan & Patrick Shields Shirley & Jack Sirotkin M. Christine & Mark Skalski Theodore St. Antoine Jenny Lynn Stewart Robert & Sandra Weitz Mary & James White Charlotte Wolfe

We apologize for any omissions or errors made in this donor listing. Please direct questions or comments to the School of Music, Theatre & Dance Office of Development & External Relations at 734-647-2035.

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Dead Man Walking program  

Program for the U-M SMTD University Opera Theatre production of "Dead Man Walking" by Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally, based on the novel b...

Dead Man Walking program  

Program for the U-M SMTD University Opera Theatre production of "Dead Man Walking" by Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally, based on the novel b...

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