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.
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 www.VortexRep.org.
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.