Wednesday, March 2, 2011

What Understudies Do Nowadays

Color silkscreen poster for a Federal Theatre ...Image via WikipediaThis is an article about Arizona Opera understudies and how they spend their time while waiting to perform on the main stage with the Arizona Opera:

Arizona State University’s LYRIC OPERA THEATRE is pleased to present a new production of the Engelbert Humperdinck’s delightful fairy tale opera HANSEL AND GRETEL (sung in English), which will be performed on March 3, 4, 5 at 7:30 pm and March 6 at 2:00 pm in the Evelyn Smith Theatre in the ASU School of Music. Based on the classic fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, the opera is a charming confection of tuneful melodies, spiced with suspense and humor when the children Hansel and Gretel fall in the clutches of the Wicked Witch! For over a century, audiences have fallen under the spell of this magical work, which has been called “the perfect introduction to opera for children of all ages.”

Featured in this all-student cast are several participants in the new Arizona Opera STUDY COVER PROGRAM, in which ASU students have been engaged to learn and cover roles for Arizona Opera’s mainstage season. This year’s Study Cover participants include: Robyn Rocklein (Hansel), Christina Rivera (Gretel), Christine White (Witch), Suzanne Rovani (Mother) who were Study Covers in Arizona Opera’s production of Carmen, and Rachel Hastings (Dew Fairy) who was a Study Cover in The Pirates of Penzance.

To purchase tickets ($8 - $23) by phone, please call the ASU Herberger Box Office at 480.965.6447 or online:

The non-profit arts patrons organization, Arizona Five Arts Circle is a proud sponsor of the 5 major arts organizations in the Phoenix metropolitan area....including Arizona Opera!
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