Set in 1900 Sweden, A Little Night Music explores the tangled web of affairs centered around actress, Desirée Armfeldt, and the men who love her: a lawyer by the name of Fredrik Egerman and the Count Carl-Magnus Malcom. When the traveling actress performs in Fredrik's town, the estranged lovers' passion rekindles. This strikes a flurry of jealousy and suspicion between Desirée; Fredrik; Fredrick's wife, Anne; Desirée's current lover, the Count; and the Count's wife, Charlotte. Both men – as well as their jealous wives – agree to join Desirée and her family for a weekend in the country at Desirée's mother's estate. With everyone in one place, infinite possibilities of new romances and second chances bring endless surprises.
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Intermountain Opera Bozeman and Montana Shakespeare in the Parks continue their creative collaboration by bringing to Bozeman Stephen Sondheim’s alluring and enchanting A Little Night Music!
A seductive promenade that weaves through the aspirations and bemusements of love, this Tony award winning musical features both comical and courting songs as only Sondheim can spin, delightful rhapsodies such as A Weekend in the Country, You Must Meet My Wife, and of course the stirring, melancholy aria, Send in the Clowns.
The company is brimming with some of Bozeman’s most exciting performers and musicians, as well as long time favorites who are returning to Bozeman just for this production; darlings of the stage that include Sean Anderson, Rebecca Hurd, Benjamin Barker, Kristin Hammargren, Susan Miller, Debbie Jamieson, Tasha Fain, Coco Douma, Frank Simpson, Reggie Mead, Valarie Andrews, Steven Harris-Weiel, and Maya Dickerson. The arousing energy and uproarious spirit will be nothing short of contagious for laughter and delight.
Performances will be at the MSU Black Box Theatre. Tickets are on sale now through Intermountain Opera Bozeman by calling (406) 587-2889 or on-line at intermountainopera.org. A special fundraising gala event designed to ensure the success of this collaborative event, is planned for Wednesday, February 8th that includes wine, hors d’oevres at 6:00 pm and a special “sneak peek” preview at 7:30 followed by dessert and mingling with the cast. Gala tickets are $75 per person ($25 tax deductible). Regular performances run from Friday, February 10 through Sunday, February 26, 2017, with Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. There will also be two Saturday matinees at 2:30 p.m. on February 18th and 25th. General admission for all shows is $10 for students and $25 adults. A limited number of reserved seats are available for $40.
For more information, please call the Intermountain Opera Bozeman office at (406) 587-2889.
KRISTIE DALE SANDERS (Desirée) is thrilled to make her Bozeman debut with IOB/MSIP. Broadway: Cabaret, Evita, Next Fall, Phantom of the Opera, Urinetown, and The Sound of Music. Off-Broadway: Dream of the Burning Boy, Johnny Guitar, A Class Act, Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh. Over a hundred regional credits, favorites include: Sweeney Todd, King Lear, Trust, Cover of Life, Intimate Apparel, Flight of the Lawnchair Man, Three Penny Opera, Private Lives, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Anna Karenina, Dark of the Moon, The Rivals. She has cocreated and performed several cabarets throughout the United States, performed at Carnegie Hall in My Favorite Broadway Diva and has been featured as a soloist for the New Haven Symphony, Broadway Pops Series. She has toured Japan and the United States with Labor of Love, performed Gumbo Ya Ya for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, sung in Germany and Austria with The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Broadway & More, as well as danced throughout Sweden and Canada. TV: “All My Children,” “The Wire.” EarthPowerStones.com, KristieDaleSanders.com
DAN SHARKEY (Fredrik) is very pleased to be making his MSIP/IOB debut. He is an Alumni of BHS, MSU, The Virginia City Players, Bigfork Summer Playhouse, Montana Rep., and Alpine Theatre Project in Whitefish. Broadway credits include: Amazing Grace, The Bridges of Madison County, Susan Stroman’s The Music Man, Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark. London Credits: Show Boat. National Tours: Grand Hotel, The Will Rodger’s Follies both directed by Tommy Tune, The Sound of Music with Marie Osmond, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Off Broadway: The Fantasticks, Captain Courageous, The Prince and the Pauper, Lone Stare Love, Illyria, and The Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge. Favorite Regional Credits: Sweeny Todd (Sweeny) at the Guthrie Theatre, Side by Side by Sondheim directed by J.K. Simmons, Man of La Mancha at D.C. Shakespeare, and Sting’s The Last Ship at Pioneer Theatre. Dan also played the role of Herb Crocker on HBO’s award-winning Boardwalk Empire. Enjoy the Show!
SEAN ANDERSON (Carl-Magnus Malcom) an Intermountain Opera favorite joins the IOB/MSIP collaboration for the first time. Diversely adept onstage, and possessing a voice praised as “warm vocal velvet” by Opera News, Sean has been garnering critical acclaim in opera, musical theater, and classical drama since childhood. Sean has appeared with nearly 20 different companies, including the New York City Opera in the Fall of 2007 as the Judge in Margaret Garner. His repertoire list includes dozens of leading roles ranging from Verdi to Mozart to Gilbert & Sullivan, and his magnetic stage presence and powerful voice have won him critical acclaim for both comedy and tragedy. This will be Sean’s ninth performance in Bozeman
Rebecca is delighted to be returning to Montana Shakespeare in the Parks for her first collaboration with Intermountain Opera! She has toured with MSIP both in the summer and fall, appearing as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Celia in As You Like It, and Jessica in The Merchant of Venice. Other recent credits include Viola in Short Shakes! Twelfth Night at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Thomasina in Arcadia at American Players Theatre, and Stage Kiss at the Guthrie Theatre. She now lives and works out of Chicago, but always loves coming back to her second home in the mountains.
KRISTIN HAMMARGREN (Petra) is delighted to work with MSIP and Intermountain Opera. She is a Chicago-based actor with two Montana Shakespeare in the Schools tours under her belt. She holds an MFA in Acting from UW-Madison and a degree in theatre and music from Lawrence University. Previous professional work includes the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Forward Theater, Door Shakespeare, Madison Opera, and In Tandem Theatre. She performs her original one-woman show about Jane Austen, Discovering Austen, regularly throughout the country. www.kristinhammargren.com
BEN BARKER (Henrik) is thrilled to return to Bozeman where he was last seen in MSIP’s The Comedy of Errors and Richard III this past summer. Originally hailing from Massachusetts, he now calls Chicago home base. Regional credits include work at the Marriott Theatre (Spring Awakening, October Sky), Writers’ Theatre (Arcadia), Paramount Theatre (Les Mis), Porchlight Music Theatre (Sweeney Todd), and the Palace Theater in the Dells (A Christmas Carol). Thanks and love to his incredibly supportive family, and to Kevin and the entire MSIP/IOB team for having me as a guest in beautiful Big Sky Country. Proud Northwestern alum. benjaminjonesbarker.com
KEVIN ASSELIN | Director; Executive Artistic Director of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks
Kevin Asselin holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor of Science in Music-Theatre from Plymouth State University. Prior to assuming his current position, Kevin worked with MSIP for 13 seasons as an actor, fight director, and director. As a part of this collaboration, he previously directed Man of La Mancha and My Fair Lady. For MSIP, he has directed productions of Richard III, The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Merchant of Venice, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. A proud member of Actors Equity, his Chicago acting credits include several productions with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Writers Theatre, Goodman Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre, Defiant Theatre, Famous Door, Shakespeare on the Green, Chicago Symphony, and others. Regional credits include 10 seasons with Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Parks, Illinois Repertory Theater, Papermill Theater, Plymouth Repertory, Struthers Library and others. A two-time Joseph Jefferson nominated fight director, he has been a Resident Fight Director with The American Players Theatre, The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, Theatre OCU at Oklahoma City University, and holds actor combatant certifications with the Fight Directors of Canada and the Society of American Fight Directors. Additionally Kevin was an Associate Professor of Movement and Acting at Oklahoma City University and has worked as a Guest Artist at Plymouth State University, Ball State, Kenyon College, University of Notre Dame, University of Illinois, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, American Players Theatre, University of Idaho, and Interlochen Academy.
Dylan is thrilled to be making his Bozeman music directing debut with A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC. Credits include... Music directing: A DOG STORY (Off-Broadway). Music assisting: HAMILTON (Broadway and Chicago), 17 AGAIN (Warner Bros.), SCOTLAND, PA (Roundabout Theatre Co.). In May, he graduated from Harvard University, where he composed three original musicals (THAT 1770s SHOW, VICTORIAN SECRETS, and WHAT THE HELL?!) and music directed three professional musical improv troupes (at Improv Asylum, Laugh Boston, and Catalyst Comedy).
LINDA CURTIS | Vocal Coach; Artistic Director of Intermountain Opera Bozeman
Linda Curtis was educated at Wells College and Northwestern University where she received her Master of Music degree in voice. She was on the faculty of the Colorado Rocky Mountain School and has taught voice at Colorado Mountain College and at Montana State University. Linda has appeared at the Meadowbrook, Grant Park, and Aspen Music Festivals and has studied and performed at Opera Barga in Italy. Linda was cofounder and frequent guest artist with Colorado’s Crystal River Opera Association. Roles she has performed include Annina (La Traviata), Rosina (The Barber of Seville), Baby Doe (The Ballad of Baby Doe), Mimi and Musetta (La Bohéme), Adina (Elixir of Love), Micaela (Carmen), Adele and Sally (Die Fledermaus). She has soloed with the Bozeman Symphony in various works including Honegger’s King David and Berlioz’ L’Enfant du Christ. Linda was president of Intermountain Opera Bozeman from 1995-1997. She assisted Artistic Director Pablo Elvira until 1997 when she assumed the responsibilities of Artistic Director.