Saturday, September 3, 2011

Upcoming: Sarah Silver Hands by Chad Salvata, Vortex Repertory Theatre, October 8 - 30

Found on-line:

Vortex Repertory

VORTEX Theatre stages world premiere of faery tale opera

Sarah Silver Hands

by Chad Salvata

Vortex Repertory Theatre, 2307 Manor Rd. (click for map)

October 8 - 30, Thursdays - Sundays at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $30 to $25 for priority seating, $20 to $15 for general admission and $10 for starving artists and students.

Click to purchase on-line at the Vortex

Performances on Thursdays and Sundays are "2-for-1" with the donation of two non-perishable food items for the SafePlace Pantry.

For reservations and more information, call (512) 478-LAVA (5282) or visit

In the tradition of the Brothers Grimm, the VORTEX Theatre unleashes a dark faery tale world for the world premiere of Sarah Silver Hands. Revolving around the Cornucopia Tree and telling the story of Princess Sarah of the Autumn Kingdom, the original operatic work takes the stage from October 8th through 30th.

Sarah Silver Hands
continues the long line of original operas with fantasy themes and magical realism by award-winning artist Chad Salvata. The creator, composer, and orchestrator of the music and libretto, Salvata has been recognized with many awards for artistic excellence including B. Iden Payne Awards for "Outstanding Original Score" for Vampyress and The Dragonfly Princess and an Austin Critics' Table Award for "Outstanding Original Score" for Pythia Dust.

Directed by award-winning VORTEX Producing Artistic Director Bonnie Cullum, Sarah Silver Hands stars award-winning actress Betsy McCann as "Spyril" and introduces Christine Achico as "Sarah." The original cast will also feature Melissa Vogt-Patterson, Rudy Ramirez, Anderson Dear, Hayley Armstrong, Justin LaVergne, Christina Leidel, Andy Agne and Joanna Wright.

The lavish fantasy designs feature a multi-dimensional Cornucopia Tree by Ann Marie Gordon, lighting designs by Jason Amato, sound design by Sergio R. Samayoa, fantasy costumes by Talena Martinez and Chad Salvata, and mask creations by Melissa Vogt-Patterson. The performances also feature percussion by Matthew Patterson, makeup design by Helen Hutka and prop design by Helen Parish.

Sarah Silver Hands
is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The award is The VORTEX Theatre's second award from the NEA.

The world premiere performances will be staged on Saturday, October 8th, with performances continuing on Thursdays through Sundays at 8 p.m. through October 30th.

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