Linda L. Weise, Colorado Springs Conservatory Executive Director
Kelly Nelson, Central City Opera Publicist
CENTRAL CITY OPERA AND COLORADO SPRINGS CONSERVATORY PRESENT "TONY: THE LIFE OF ANTOINETTE PERRY" AN ORIGINAL ONE ACT OPERA COMPOSED BY STUDENTS OF THE 2010 SUMMER PERFORMING ARTS INTENSIVE
Denver, Colo - The students from the Central City Opera (CCO)/Colorado Springs Conservatory (CSC) 2010 Summer Performing Arts Intensive will be reviving their original opera, "Tony: The Life of Antoinette Perry" for a public performance on Saturday, Mar. 5, 2011. The performance will take place at 2:30 p.m. at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center located at 30 W. Dale Street in Colorado Springs.
Last summer, CCO and CSC partnered for the eighth year on the two-week Summer Performing Arts Intensive program for high school students ages 14 to 19 selected by audition. Participants came from not only Colorado, but also from New York and Oregon. Students collaborated under the mentorship of seven professional teaching artists including Mark Arnest, composer-in-residence. The 2010 theme for the students' study and performance was "Through the Eyes of a Child." Based on this theme, the 16- member student team explored the life of Antoinette Perry, a Denver native who was an actress, director, producer, dynamic leader of the American Theatre Wing and namesake for the Tony Awards.
"We are proud to revive this significant and meaningful opera about Antoinette Perry," states Linda L. Weise, Colorado Springs Conservatory Executive Director. "It has provided an incredible learning experience for the students and they hope to share the lessons of her life with those who come to see the work. Ms. Perry's great-granddaughter, Marcie Fanning, was instrumental in providing unpublished research materials about her august relative and will attend the performance."
Ticket Information for "Tony"
Tickets are $5 per person available at the door on the day of the performance. For more information, visit www.coloradospringsconservatory.org.
Performing Arts Intensive
The CSC and CCO have offered this unique summer program since 2002. In 2011, students will room and board at Colorado College in Colorado Springs and may receive college credit for the learning experience. While at Colorado College, students will participate in daily theater, dance, and music classes and workshops as they relate to musical theater, opera, and drama. A scenes program is created from these classes and includes material that coincides with the annual theme. Material from the various mediums is explored, rehearsed and performed. The students also spend four days in residence with the Central City Opera. During this process, they study with faculty from the Colorado Springs Conservatory, prestigious visiting teaching artists and Central City Opera artistic personnel. Alongside the scenes program are workshops where students collaborate and compose their original opera, through the mentorship of a composer-in-residence. Both the scenes program and the original opera are performed for the public in Colorado Springs and in Central City each summer.
"Each year the young artists in this program transform before our eyes into creative, collegial professionals. It is a profound thing to be a part of and I am proud that Central City Opera is able to add such depth to the experience. These are the artists (and arts supporters) of the future" comments Deborah Morrow, Education and Community Programs Director, Central City Opera.
For more information on this program and the upcoming summer program visit www.coloradospringsconservatory.org or www.centralcityopera.org/highschoolintensive.
Colorado Springs Conservatory
The Colorado Springs Conservatory seeks to inspire, motivate and challenge all students to aspire to their highest potential as artists and human beings through arts immersion studies and community arts advocacy. The school encourages students to challenge their approach to learning through a commitment to the arts. In addition to the Summer Performing Arts Intensive, special programs include opera productions, a jazz program, "WAM" (What Art Means), theater and musical theater, pre-school and outreach recital programs.
Central City Opera's Education and Community Programs
The Summer Performing Arts Intensive is one of Central City Opera's year-round Education and Community Programs that strive to enhance existing curriculum for young students and lifelong learning for everyone. The company has visited over 100 communities across Colorado with these programs, entertaining and educating approximately 80,000 people each year. Central City Opera is one of the most active opera companies in the nation in education and community services.
Celebrating its 78th year, Central City Opera is the nation's fifth-oldest opera company, located just 35 miles west of Denver in one of Colorado's official National Landmark Historic Districts. The company continues to present artistically excellent professional opera; to offer career-entry training to young singers; to produce education and community service programs; and to preserve and maintain the Opera House and 30 other Victorian-era properties. The 2011 Festival features Bizet's Carmen, the popular story of a Spanish gypsy; the North American premiere of Handel's "magic" opera, Amadigi di Gaula; and a double bill of three one act operas: Gianni Schicchi by Puccini, The Breasts of Tiresias by Poulenc and Weill's Seven Deadly Sins. 2011 Festival subscriptions are on sale now starting at just $42. Single tickets, starting at $20, are now on pre-sale online only and go on sale through the Box Office on April 1. For more information or to purchase tickets for 2011, visit www.centralcityopera.org or call 303-292-6700.