Friday, February 27, 2009

From opera to musicals, valley raises the curtain

Theatre abounds from Sun Valley to Hailey


By SABINA DANA PLASSE
Express Staff Writer

In a photo by Kirsten Shultz, Company of Fools presents “Souvenir,” a hilarious musical starring Debra Wagoner. Photo by

Enjoy a number of live productions in the Wood River Valley this weekend, from the Liberty Theatre in Hailey to the Sun Valley Club. The Sun Valley Opera opens its 2009 season with "I Love Paris."

The show will feature performances by mezzo-soprano Paula Rasmussen and co-headliner tenor George Dyer. Selected pieces will include songs and music by French composers such as Jules Massenet with a selection from "Werther," Georges Bizet with a performance from "Carmen" and more.

The Sun Valley Opera's opening-night patrons' concert will be Friday, Feb. 27, at the Sun Valley Club. It will be celebrated with the Diva Party followed by the show. Tickets are $125 to $1,000 per patron. The show begins at 6:30 p.m. and attire is après-ski to ooh-la-la festive. Tickets for the Saturday, Feb. 28, show are $35. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. A no-host bar will be available at 7:15 p.m. Due to limited seating at the club, early reservations are suggested. Tickets are available by calling 726-0991, visiting sunvalleyopera.com and at Chapter One Bookstore in Ketchum.

The St. Thomas Playhouse will perform "Little Red Riding Hood," a traveling show for the Wood River Valley, on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 2:30 p.m. at Iconoclast Books in Ketchum. The witty, fairy-tale story is full of surprises and is a free show for all ages, including adults.

Don't miss Company of Fools' production of Stephen Temperley's "Souvenir," directed by John Glenn and starring Debra Wagoner as 'Flo-Jo' and R.L. Rowsey as accompanist Cosme McMoon. The show takes place at the Liberty Theatre in Hailey on Friday, Feb. 27, and Saturday, Feb. 28, at 8 p.m. both nights and Sunday, Feb. 29, at 3 p.m. Stay after Sunday's show for Fools Unplugged with an after-the-show talk-back with the actors. Tickets are $25 adults, $18 seniors and $15 students. For details, call the box office at 578-9122 or visit companyoffools.org.

Sabina Dana Plasse: splasse@mtexpress.com




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