Seagle Colony Chronicle
December 2018

MERRY CHRISTMAS/HAPPY HOLIDAYS and a
HAPPY NEW YEAR to you
Coming Events 2019
The 104 th summer season will be filled with variety. The memorable and upbeat Old Friends and New will introduce the new singers and returnees on June 22 . Your tickets will also include a reception afterward to meet and greet the singers. Evita by Andrew Lloyd Webber, set in Argentina, launches the mainstage season July 3-6 . Come see why it was the first British musical to receive a Tony Award for Best Musical. The children’s opera Monkey & Francine in the City of Tigers, by Kamala Sankaram & David Johnston plays the Boathouse on July 13 . It will be performed throughout the North Country. This short opera depicts a very funny fable that shows the power of teamwork with a group of animals. The memorable The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart bursts forth in its comic glory on July 17-20. A Colony premiere will be The Manchurian Candidate by Kevin Puts & Mark Campbell, July 31-August 3 . The opera is a political thriller that takes place during the Korean War and was originally a book and then a movie. Vespers Concerts will be held on Sundays, August 11 and 18. The grand finale of the main season will be the ever-popular Oklahoma! by Rodgers and Hammerstein on August 14-17. Season and Group tickets go on sale January 1, 2019, and single tickets April 1, 2019. Every Friday performance will be a 2PM matinee. Last, but not least, The Seagle Music Colony Gala will be celebrating its Silver 25 th anniversary on Saturday, July 13 , under a grand tent. It is a wonderful “Don’t Miss” event! Honored this year will be the four founders of the gala: Irma Fisher, Tom Grogan, Sharon Harder, and Dodie Seagle.
2018 Highlights
The Oscar Seagle Memorial Theater was filled with excitement with the concert, Old Friends and New. The audience enjoyed the variety of songs and the very popular reception afterwards to meet the singers in the Shames Rehearsal Studio.
 
The 64th Annual Schroon Lake 4 th of July Parade was followed by a beautiful concert at dusk featuring separate and combined performances by the Colony and the Word of Life Collegian chorus.

A production of Candide celebrated Leonard Bernstein’s 100 th birthday in grand style. An audience member stated that “the staging was very cute and the leads were irresistible.” Candide was sung by Colin Campbell , a native of Medford, Oregon, and Cunegonde was sung by Jennifer Soloway from Marietta, Georgia.
 
The pre-show talks in the Shames Rehearsal Studio continue to be illuminating and help the audiences truly appreciate the performances and get to know the staff members even better than before.
This was the first time Handel’s Julius Caesar was performed at the Colony, and included double cast leads: John Meyer and David Catalano as Julius Caesar, Shelby Cox and Katarina Galagaza as Sesto and Francesca Mehrotra and Shelley Mihm as Cleopatra. Countertenor Guillaume Poudrie r gave great meaning to the role of Tolomeo.

The 24th Annual Seagle Music Colony Gala had the black and white theme of “The Great Gatsby.” The honorees were Vanessa Becerra , Seagle Music Colony alumna, and Tony Kostecki , Seagle Music Colony General Director—a vital part of the Colony for the past twenty-three years. Vanessa is performing opera and musical theater throughout the United States. Last summer she sang the lead role of Maria in West Side Story at Glimmerglass Opera. Heidi Kelly headed up the enthusiastic and dedicated gala committee. 
The Great Gatsby by John Harbison and was a venture of The American Center for New Works Development at Seagle Music Colony. David Anderson convincingly portrayed the lead, Jay Gatsby.

Mame by Jerry Herman was a rousing end of the mainstage summer season. It was so popular that another performance was added. The stellar stage director was Kyle Lang, who has many directing credits throughout the country as well as ballet dancing that includes performing in countries across Europe, South America and the Middle East. 

A Benefit Concert for the Guild Scholarship Fund featured pianists Milton Farbstein and Suzanne Fremon in works by Bizet, Debussy, Ravel & Saint-Saens. Suzanne Fremon is a dedicated volunteer at the Colony Guild, taking sign-ups for the many positions at Seagle Music Colony performances.

Vespers: Vespers concerts on two Sundays in August remained as beloved as ever for the audience who traveled from many places to hear the beautiful solo and choral singing, directed by Tony Kostecki .
Alumni Reunion a Resounding Success
On a fortunately sunny weekend in July, around 20 alumni representing over four decades enjoyed comparing notes. The Board of the Alumni Association organized their lively weekend, including a concert at the Schroon Lake Boathouse Theater. Several alumni performed solos and duets from opera, jazz, and musical theater to a sold-out crowd. Some alumni even sang and talked in a video shown during the concert. It is challenging to know whether the alumni or the current emerging artists and audience had more fun. Liz Cass, President of the SMC Alumni Association, alumni@seaglecolony.org , is already planning an alumni weekend next summer. It was great to see old friends, especially Clare Ascani and Robin Treger who had not been to the Colony for several years.
Display at The Adirondack Experience
(Adirondack Museum)
Approximately fifty people rode by bus from Schroon Lake to Blue Mountain Lake for a tour of “The Closet,” the room where Colony student Fulton Fryar stayed when he was a student at Seagle Music Colony. His whole family came to hear Fulton Fryar participate in a panel discussion where he received a standing ovation for his part in the discussion. He was the first African American student to study singing at the Colony, and was invited by John Seagle in 1957 and 1958. A native of North Carolina, he performed for Glens Falls Rotary and in an opera at the Colony. When Darren Keith Woods spoke to Fulton about his two summers at the Colony, Fulton proclaimed that they were the happiest two summers of his life. He said “I never thought anyone would remember me or The Closet,” and Darren commented, “The irony is that now you will be remembered forever.”
Exciting Fall Season Happenings
A workshop performance of The Ghosts of Gatsby by Evan Mack, composer and Joshua McGuire, librettist, was presented in late August. The two previously teamed up to create the opera Roscoe, which premiered at the Colony in 2016. Their new opera was well received in its workshop format. The work was sponsored by the America Center for New Works Development (ACNWD) at Seagle Music Colony. The musical revue Hey Big Spender , featuring music of Cy Coleman, toured much of the North country to critical acclaim. A new musical comedy entitled Pooch by Scott Eyerly took place in early September at the Oscar Seagle Memorial Theatre (ACNWD). Both alumni and current artists performed in the amusing show that you will have to see for yourselves to truly believe!
Last but not least was the touring opera The Falling and the Rising by Zach Redler and Jerre Dye, based on interviews of several wounded army veterans regarding their military experiences. The composer, Zach Redler , described his writing process to The Daily Gazette columnist Geraldine Freedman. “I wanted to tell the story of everywhere America, so the score is tonal, has bluegrass, some traditional romanticism like Verdi or Wagner, and even some Billy Joel, Sondheim and Poulenc.” The performers gave six performances at five theaters from Plattsburgh down to Cambridge NY. Much press and PBS live interviews took place. Active military and veterans received free tickets, thanks to Glens Falls National Bank.
News Notes
Please send any alumni news to Chronicle editor, Dodie Seagle . It is great to hear from you. Clare Ascani wrote, “I have ALWAYS had such a warm and soft spot in my heart about the Seagle Colony and remembering Mr. Seagle! It was such a wonderful and formative 4 years for me.” Clare is currently singing professionally in clubs and jazz venues and encouraged Colony friends to come to the reunion. The July 2018 issue of Opera News noted: “The success of HGO West Side Story also relied on the theatrical range of the opera singers in the leading roles, soprano Andrea Carroll (a shy-but-sassy Maria).” Alumna Catherine Charlton wrote that she is proud of her voice student Shelby Cox , an emerging artist at the Colony this past summer, who studies at Juilliard and all that she had done.” Barbara Fryer wrote, “We really were more than pleased to see The Closet in its new home.” Eryn LeCroy made her debut as Christine in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. Susan Long wrote from Colorado, I loved reading the Chronicle , and so many alums singing all over the place!” An article in the NY Times described Kevin Puts opera S ilent Night, “ Tender moments shared by French Lt. Audebert” ( Michael Miller in a spellbinding performance.) Baritone Michael Miller and soprano Sylvia Stoner were featured singers this fall at Proctor’s Theater in Schenectady with the Schenectady Symphony. They excelled in a birthday concert tribute to Leonard Bernstein for his 100 th birthday. Miller sang a new piece by Evan Mack entitled, “If Only Lenny Were Here.”  Patricia McLaughlin , a graduate of Trinity University, studied with John Seagle at the Colony for three summers. She first performed as an actor and singer and then went into the world of costuming. McLaughlin is now in the superhero-filled world of the Marvel Universe and is the costume supervisor of ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Eileen Carnahan shared a June program from a Bernstein Celebration performed with Opera Saratoga. Colony alumni performers did themselves proud and included Garrett Obrycki, Quinn Bernegger , and Nicholas Yaquinto . Joseph Dalton commented in a recent article that mentioned Darren Keith Woods, as “one of the nation’s top impresarios of new opera.”

The following Colony alumni are scheduled to sing during the 2018-19 seasons. Other alumni have already been announced.

Virginia Opera: Catherine Goode
Crested Butte Music Festival: Edith Grossman
Opera Fayetteville: Heather Jones
Charlottesville Opera and Natchez Festival of Music:    Virginia Hesse
Glow Lyric Theatre (SC): Jessica Luffey
Opera Delaware: Garrett Obrycki
Opera North: Blake Jennings
Ohio Light Opera: Tim McGowan
Opera Ithaca: Virginia Hesse and Garrett Obryck i
SYMPATHY

We continue to offer our sympathy to the family of Jim Carnahan . A memorial service for Jim was held in August at the Oscar Seagle Memorial Theater where family and friends gathered and former SMC artists sang. The Carnahans have been devoted to the Colony in many ways. The Jim and Eileen Carnahan Endowment Fund at Seagle Music Colony has been established and The Tea House is now named in memory of Jim. We offer our sympathy to the family of Eileen DeSalvio. She was a dedicated Guild member and a joy to know. We offer our sympathy to the family of Shirley Prothro. She was born to William Seagle and Elizabeth (Lyg) Seagle and lived in Tennessee much of her life. Her husband was Tommy Prothro who was elected into the Coaches’ Football Hall of Fame. For several years she was secretary at the Seagle Colony. Please continue to offer sympathy to the family of Susan Shames Feinstein . Susan, a lover of the arts, helped her sister Phyllis Shames Korn raise funds for the Shames Rehearsal Studio. The Susan Shames Feinstein Fellowship for The American Center for New Works Development at Seagle Music Colony has been established. Please offer your sympathy to the family of Peter Shrope , a dedicated supporter of Seagle Music Colony performances and The Gala, and an enthusiastic fan of the tennis and golf communities in Schroon Lake. Please offer sympathy to the family of Bunny Wright. She was the beloved wife of Bob Wright who played leading roles in Kiss Me Kate and in many other shows.
SMC Guild & Board

Kay Belles, who worked very hard to attract new volunteers to help in all their activities, chaired the Seagle Music Colony Guild . Special thanks go to Kay, as well as all of the dedicated guild volunteers. The incoming president is Sharon Hieber. The increasingly popular Scholarship Benefit Luncheon at the Sagamore on Lake George raised a record- breaking $5,120 on the basket raffle alone. 240 guests attended and bought 4,000 tickets! Special thanks go to the chairperson, Noelle McCrum and her committee. Best of all, the guild contributed $17,000 to the Guild Scholarship Fund for 2018. Be sure to hold Wednesday, August 7th for the next luncheon at the Sagamore.

SMC, INC. Seth Bader , President continues to lead a dedicated Board of Directors as well as encouraging the Advisory Board to make suggestions. Special thanks go to outgoing Advisory Board members Bobbie Coats-Wondrasch and Gene Coppola. 
Parting Salutations
Happiness is a show, a reception, singing, and watching the garden (singers) grow! A way to show you care is:

G iving; I nspiring; F riendship; T hanking. Your help, your enthusiasm, and your giving truly make the Colony singers excel. Continuing thanks go to you all for your caring presence.

With warm greetings, 

Dodie Seagle
Editor of the Seagle Colony Chronicl e
193 Westchester Dr., Delmar, NY 12054
(518-439-7061) dpseagle@verizon.net