Seagle Colony Chronicle
MERRY CHRISTMAS/HAPPY HOLIDAYS
HAPPY NEW YEAR
In 2020 there will be several reasons to be happy with the Seagle Music Colony’s 105
season. Featured are an upcoming world premiere production, an all-time favorite operetta and musical, a favorite fairy tale opera, and all evening shows will begin at 7:30PM! Now more people than ever will be able to come from the Capital District and some of us will be more alert than ever to enjoy the beautiful music in Schroon Lake!
The memorable and upbeat
Old Friends and New
introduces the new singers and returnees on
in a performance as well as a reception.
(The Revenge of the Bat) by
will be soaring around the theater on
. It is called “an audience pleaser” with its humor, bubbling melodies, and charm.
Darren Keith Woods
(Artistic Director) and
(General Director) will be celebrated for their 25 years at the Colony with an alumni guest star each night. The children’s opera
The Three Bears
is filled with laughter and takes place on
The Boathouse Theater
. The composer,
, is a noted performer and a former voice professor at Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam.
The next main stage production is
(Cendrillion) performed on
. It is a fairy tale composed by
, sung in French with supertitles in English.
, a world premiere,
set in nearby Keene Valley in the Adirondacks, will be performed on
. It is based on a meeting of the internationally renowned American composer
and legendary author
, former director at the Seagle Colony, recorded the first full-length album of songs by
The final show of the season is
with lyrics and music by
. This musical was in its time the longest-running musical in Broadway history. The continually enthusiastically received Vespers Concerts will be held on Sundays,
Season and Group tickets go on sale
January 1, 2020,
and single tickets
April 1, 2020.
Every Friday performance will be a 2PM matinee. The 26
annual Gala will be held on Saturday,
, under a giant tent. It is a memorable event that you will want to be sure to attend. Honorees this year are
, a long-time board member, contributor, and an active committee member of the Gala. The alumna honoree is
at the Colony in 2001-02). Her solo in
second inauguration gained her international acclaim.
The Oscar Seagle Memorial Theater was filled with excitement with the opening concert,
Old Friends and New.
The audience enjoyed the variety of songs and the very popular party afterwards to meet the singers in the Shames Rehearsal Studio. One member of the audience wrote, “Wow, Wow, Wow! We were blown away by the quality of the facility and the talent. We cannot wait to go back in July for the shows.”
The 64th annual 4
of July Parade
was followed by a beautiful evening with performances overlooking the town park and beach by the Colony and the Word of Life choir.
In the opening musical,
as Che had outstanding diction, dynamic acting, and pleasant vocal quality.
as Eva was dramatic in her acting and even cried real tears at the end of the show.
Monkey and Francine in the City of Tigers
was the children’s opera performed before enthusiastic audiences across the North Country.
The 25th Annual Seagle Music Colony Gala
featured silver decorations for the silver anniversary of this key fund raiser for the Colony. The alumna honoree was
, currently performing her dream role Christine in
The Phantom of the Opera
on Broadway. Also honored were the four Gala Founders:
Irma Worrell-Fisher, Tom Grogan, Sharon Harder
served as chair of the gala committee. This popular event netted a record-breaking amount of money to support the program of the Seagle Music Colony. For many years
, Metropolitan Opera and musical theater star, served as Honorary Chair. State Assemblyman
read a Senate Resolution “commending the Seagle Music Colony upon the occasion of hosting its
, and paying tribute to this year’s honorees on
July 12, 2019.
A review from
The Glens Falls Chronicle
on 7/25/19 by
included the following, “There was much memorable about Seagle Music Colony’s production of Mozart’s laugh-out-loud comedy
Le Nozze di Figaro:
The singers; the music; the heat. During the heat wave, Daley commented that
as leading lady Susanna was “beautiful—clear, deft and nimble. A talented and warm actor and singer...
as Figaro was stunning...Each melodic entrance from Mr. Dankner made me look up, again and again. His baritone voice just edged ahead of the rest of the stellar cast...
as Bartolo was alluring.
coloraturesque voice was absolutely on point.” Four main roles were double cast to give more singers the opportunity to sing major roles.
A recently composed opera entitled
The Manchurian Candidate
gave the singers the opportunity to work with the contemporary composer at the Colony this summer. The opera was filled with dynamic acting and singing. A real stand-out was
with her convincing acting and powerful voice.
Five sold-out performances of
rounded out the summer’s shows. The feel-good show was well received.
The two Vespers Concerts on two Sundays in August remain as beloved as ever for the audience who travels from many places to hear the beautiful solo and choral singing, directed by
Singers from several decades gathered for a weekend in July to reminisce, attend a few classes at the Colony and to give a Friday evening concert at the Boathouse Theater to a packed house. The concert was dedicated to
in honor of his 50
years of directing shows at the Colony. It was fun for the current group at the Colony to hear what it is like “in the real world” of performing.
Liz Cass (’99)
, the President of the SMC Alumni Association,
is already planning an alumni weekend next summer.
Daily Classes at Seagle Colony:
Have you ever wondered what singers do at the Colony besides voice and coaching lessons, practicing, rehearsing, and performances? Here are the class topics for this past summer: Making the Most of Your Summer, Audition Ten Commandments, Audition Class (done regularly), Costume Care, Back-Stage Behavior, Wigs and Make-up, Vocalises for Vocal Ease, Singing and Auditioning in Germany, Etiquette e.g. Table Manners, Internet and reading and responding to Business Email, What Every Director Wants, Acting Basics and Energy, Career Talk, Relationships: Parents, Family and Spouses, Strategic Planning, All about YAPS (Young Artist Programs), Embracing Vulnerability, Alumni Association Talk, Getting a Manager, A Conversation with a Composer, Giving Radio and Television Interviews, First Years After Academia. In addition,
Darren Keith Woods
conducts exit interviews before each singer leaves—hearing the singers’ plans and Darren’s recommendations for their future.
The Seagle Colony Guild,
led by Guild President
continues to help publicize Seagle Music Colony events and attracts new volunteers to help. The popular Scholarship Benefit Luncheon at the Sagamore on Lake George will be held on
. A giant thank you goes to the chair person,
and her committee. $15,000 was contributed to the Guild Scholarship Fund for 2019.
SMC, Inc. Seth Bader
, President continues to chair a dedicated board of directors and encourages the Advisory Board to make suggestions.
Once again the Colony was invited to perform at the historic Lake George Club in Bolton Landing at the Lake George Music Festival. Five singers presented a semi-staged performance of
The Tragedy of Carmen
by Peter Brooks using the music by
Hot! The Music of Cole Porter
featured Colony singers
Katarina Galagaza, Thomas Lynch, Alicia Russell
who wowed their audiences
from Glens Falls to Long Lake.
The American Center for New Works Development at Seagle Music Colony had new workshop productions featuring several Colony singers.
Yeltsin in Texas
which took place during the days of Cleopatra and effectively included a wide variety of musical styles. And third was
with librettto by
and music by
performed in Keene, New York. This intriguing opera featured several singers who portrayed such well known people as
This opera will be performed next summer at the Colony in Schroon Lake as a world premiere.
We continue to offer our sympathy to the family of
who was an active member or the guild. We offer our sympathy to the family of
, a student of the Colony who chaired the voice department at Abilene Christian University and was an active vocal performer in Texas. We offer our sympathy to
was the late
. Sympathy is offered to
upon the death of her husband
. They have been devoted contributors to the Colony. We also offer our sympathy to the family of
The family has been faithful Colony supporters for years.
Please send any alumni news to
. Your emails are always appreciated. A sizable busload from Schroon Lake went to Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown NY to hear
in the lead role in
A reviewer wrote, “Michael Adams not only cut a dashing figure but also deployed a creamy, gleaming baritone that gave significant pleasure.” (
is the owner and producer of
The Broadway Series
in the Denver Metropolitan area.
Reginald Smith, Jr.
was photographed in the December 2019
issue as one of the 8 alumni from University of Kentucky Opera Theater in the Metropolitan Opera’s
Porgy and Bess.
was featured in
in an article by
, the Editor in Chief. This spring she won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finals, received her MM in opera performance at Boston Conservatory at Berklee and performed at Opera Theater of St. Louis. Driscoll wrote, “Wolz’s performances are rooted in a keen sense of character; her lyric mezzo moves fluidly through recitative, charging her words with striking intensity and imagination.”
The listing of Colony singers performing as principal singers in opera companies in 2019-20 and for those performing in Apprentice programs is truly amazing! Rather than leave anyone out, the listing will be included in an upcoming announcement. To whet your appetite for news, there are over fifty singers performing in 31 major opera companies and in fourteen apprentice programs!
A staff member sums up the special feeling of being at the Colony, “What I love this morning is all of you made me have an emotional reaction. That’s why we’re here. That’s what I love.” (
Seven Days VT.com
) May magnificent singing at the Seagle Music Colony fill you with joy and zest for a healthy, happy year. Share your enthusiasm with others and help contribute to building a continuing bright future to the Colony. You are needed and appreciated! Many thanks.
With warm greetings,
Editor of the
Seagle Colony Chronicl
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