Opera in La Habra – You are Invited to The Marriage of Figaro

Figaro loves Susanna, but he’s not the only one. In a single crazy, romantic day, doors will be locked and unlocked, disguises donned, kisses exchanged and innermost hearts revealed – to some of the most memorable music Mozart ever composed.
Vanessa Doss, Stephen Pu and Amanda Meyers star in The Marriage of Figaro at Mysterium Theater - May 5 to 28.
Vanessa Doss, Stephen Pu and Amanda Meyers star in The Marriage of Figaro at Mysterium Theater - May 5 to 28.
( PR4US.com | Press Release | 2017-04-04 06:43:27 )
Mysterium Theater fresh out of its production of Disney’s Aladdin presented in both Spanish and English, will present Mozart’s Italian opera, Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) in English.

Many consider this Mozart's most perfect -- and hilarious -- opera. After his marriage to Rosina, the Count's palace becomes a tangled web of love affairs. The pageboy Cherubino courts the Countess while the Count pursues the maidservant Susanna, who is betrothed to the wily Figaro. This hilarious story of love and forgiveness is a maze of unexpected twists and turns, mistaken identities, disguises, deceptions and double crosses. From the first note of the overture to the final bow, Mozart's unforgettable music and lovable characters are the perfect blend of comedy and impetuous love.

The Marriage of Figaro at Mysterium Theater opens May 5 and runs until May 28, playing Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 5pm.

The cast includes, Count Almaviva played by Eric Hindley. Countess Almaviva played by Amanda Meyers, Figaro played by Stephen Pu, Susanna played by Vanessa Doss, Cherubino played by Kaitlyn Wolf, Barbarina played by Danielle Lugo, Basilio played by Garrett Ching, Marcellina played by Mia Noriega Searight, Antonio played by Malcolm Rickard, Don Curzio played by Stan Morrow III, Bartolo played by Matt Koutroulis, Cupid played by Elizabeth Henderson, The Cook played Gloria Henderson, Maid 1 played by Karina Hunt Maid 2 played by Evelynn Moody,

Bringing this cast to the stage are Marla Ladd – Producing Artistic Director, Lisa Garcia - Production Manager, Ray Buffer - Show Director, H H Hanson - Music Director, Jacob Curington - Stage Manager, Edgar Andrew Torrens - Set Designer, and Paul Kos - Lighting Designer.

The cast will be accompanied by Harpsichord tracks created by Curtis Heard, the Choir Director at First Congregational Church of Long Beach and Choir Director at Woodrow Wilson High School.

Vanessa Doss who will portray Susanna, was the 2014 Singer of the Year at Colorado State University, where she earned her bachelors degree in vocal performance and also played Susanna previously in a production of “Figaro” sung in Italian.

Amanda Meyers who will portray Countess Almaviva, is no stranger to opera. She holds a Master of Music degree in Opera from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance and a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, both from the University of Redlands.

Stephen Pu who will portray Figaro, is an award-winning choral-orchestral conductor, pianist, singer, and teacher. As a pianist, Stephen has won many awards from regional competitions and appeared in concert both in California and Hawaii to enthusiastic applause. A noted singer as well, he has performed on many major stages, including Hollywood Bowl, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and Carnegie Hall. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Claremont Graduate University and a teaching credential from California State University, California. Stephen serves as Director of Choral Studies and Musical Theater at Arcadia High School, Director of Music at St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church of Rolling Hills Estates and Director and Artistic Director of the Hollywood Master Chorale.

The opera will be presented in four acts, with Act 1 and Act 2 forming the first half, and Act 2 and Act 3 forming the latter half. There will be one brief intermission.

Bringing the music together is Music Director H. H. Hanson, a middle school music teacher, who has served in the past as Director of Music Ministries at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, a show producer with Event Masters, and an Entertainment Manager at Knott’s Berry Farm. He has his Masters in Music from the University of Michigan and his MBA from Pepperdine.

Director Ray Buffer states, “I really want to make this production accessible to those who may never have seen an opera. The words have to be understandable, the diction - impeccable, the acting – outstanding, and the music – mesmerizing.”

This “Figaro” will also be different than the traditional in that it will take place in London, 1922…a bit of Downton Abbey combined with Great Gatsby. Traditional opera usually means a full orchestra. Buffer decided to pare down the accompaniment to only harpsichord to allow for the clarity of the lyrics to come forth.

Buffer has his BFA from Florida Atlantic University specializing in musical theatre. He also is a producer having founded two companies, The Relevant Stage in San Pedro and Art-In-Relation in Long Beach. He is a singer and actor with numerous credits. Buffer also was a past general manager of the Long Beach Opera, and a past Marketing and Development Assistant for the Laguna Playhouse. For Mysterium Theatre he has directed two previous productions, last year’s “Fame” and “Footloose.” He appeared in “Footloose” as Reverend Shaw, and in Mysterium’s subsequent popular production of “The Music Man”, as Harold Hill.

Mysterium Theater is located at 311 Euclid St, La Habra, CA 90631.

Tickets for “Figaro” are available at mysteriumtheater.com or by calling (562) 562-697-3311.

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