We open our Fall 2017 season with a brand new series of one-act operas to be performed outside, under the stars, in picnic-style. First on our line up, we are bringing back the cast of our beloved performance of La Pizza Con Funghi by Seymour Barab.
November 18, 2017
St John's Episcopal Church, Courtyard
About the show
La Pizza Con Fungi, also known as "Mushroom Pie", pokes fun at the kind of operas that were written in the 1800s, like those by Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi. This is a fictitious translation of a fictitious opera that might have been written by an obscure nineteenth-century Italian composer. The musical clichés, the melodramatic language, and the insane plot all serve as an accompaniment to the entire catalog of mishaps that can befall an opera performance. This is, in short, a parody of opera.
The show is set in 1920s, Italy. Voluptua is in love with Scorpio. In order to be free to marry him, she plans to poison her husband, Count Formaggio. Her maid, Phobia, warns the Count of his wife's duplicity. For this show of loyalty, she must lose her life. Of course, eventually, so must all the other members of the cast.
This satiric 50 minute piece of a lovers’ quarrel is full of miscues and witty humor. Sung in English with piano, this piece presents a perfect pill for anyone who needs to remember to take opera less seriously.
**There is a short clip of this show at the end of this page.
About Opera Under the Stars
This event features some of the best opera artists in central Oklahoma. The main event is accompanied by a fun, interactive and humorous pre-show segment that begins at 6pm. Please bring picnic mats and blankets. If you would like to bring lawn chairs, they will need to be placed on the perimeter of the courtyard. Patrons are welcome to pack a picnic dinner. Please leave your pets at home.
Tickets: Kids (12yo and under) $8, Adults $12, Family package of six $50.
*There will not be rush tickets sold at this event.
This production is made possible with the generous support of the Oklahoma Arts Council, Norman Arts Council, Allied Arts, St. John's Episcopal Church of Norman and First Presbyterian Church of Norman.
Meet Our Cast
Kristin as "Voluptua"
Kristin Fitzgerald is an Oklahoma City native and holds a degree in vocal music from Oklahoma City University. She is honored to have been a part of Cimarron Opera Company since 2010. Since that time, she has enjoyed being a part of six different Scholastic Tour productions including this year’s new offering: The New Kid. She has also had the pleasure of performing in the Salon Series performances of Tell me a Story and La Pizza con Funghi. Outside of Cimarron Opera Company, she has performed regularly in the OKC area with roles such as Maria (Sound of Music), Julie Jordon (Carousel), Meg March (Little Women) and Sarah Brown (Guys and Dolls). When she’s not working in the theatre, she spends her time as a bone fide soccer mom, wife and pet wrangler.
Marcy as "Phobia"
Marcy Gonzales is from Blanchard, OK. She studied voice at the University of Oklahoma where she has performed the roles of Mallika in Lakmé, Dame Quickly in Falstaff, Ruggiero in Alcina and, most recently, the title role in Carmen. Marcy has been a frequent performer with Cimarron Opera; some of her roles have included Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Mad Margaret in Ruddigore, Buttercup in H.M.S Pinafore, and The Fairy Queen in Iolanthe. She has enjoyed performing roles in several musical theatre productions as well, some of which include Nettie Fowler in Carousel, Marmee in Little Women, Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast and Sister Mary Hubert in Nunsense. Marcy is a 2013 Alumna of the Music Academy of the West, and attended the London Summer School of Voice in 2015.
Charlie as "Scorpio"
Charlie Monnot is a strong supporter and performer of many Oklahoma theatres. Favorite roles includes Lord Farquaad in Shrek, Corny Collins in Hairspray, Peter in Company, Harry Witherspoon in Lucky Stiff, and Tobias in Sweeney Todd (The Pollard Theatre), Claude in Hair and Pirelli in Sweeney Todd (Reduxion Theater Company), Henry Ford in Ragtime, Bob Cratchit (A Christmas Carol), Hugo Tantinnin in Call Me Madam (Lyric Theatre), Ralph Rackshaw in H.M.S. Pinafore (Cimarron Opera Company), Oscar Lindquist in Sweet Charity and the Baker in Into the Woods (Shawnee Little Theatre), Tateh in Ragtime (Poteet Theatre), Malcolm in The Full Monty (Sooner Theatre). When not on stage, Charlie is the Registrar at Oklahoma City University, where he graduated with a degree in musical theatre.
Ryan as "Count Formaggio"
Ryan Gonzales is an active singer, accompanist, teacher, and composer in central Oklahoma. After spending five years at Oklahoma Christian University studying vocal performance, he taught private piano and voice lessons in Frisco, TX, directed several musicals, including Into the Woods, Jr. and High School Musical, Jr. Currently, he is the Putnam City West High School choir accompanist and has accompanied multiple productions with schools in the area. Ryan has performed roles with Jewel Box, Town and Gown Theatre, Poteet Theatre, and Cimarron Opera. Favorite credits include “The Beast” in Beauty and the Beast, “Horton” in Seussical the Musical, “Georg Nowak” in She Loves Me, and “Tommy Keeler” in Annie Get Your Gun. He also orchestrates his own compositions; he has started work on his second symphony, and contributed over 45 minutes of music to an opera.
Shawna Linck is an award-winning performer and director who has successfully coached hundreds of children and adults in the metro area, and directed and/or choreographed over 60 productions in the last 17 years. As the founder and Executive Director of KidsAlive!, a youth theatre experience for children of all abilities, Shawna was recognized as one of 8 outstanding directors/educators in the United States and Australia as a member of the 2017 class of Freddie Gs, and was a recipient of Freddie G Spirit Award, honoring an individual who understansds that a musical isn't just a performance, but also a way to connect people to their creativity, build community, and develop lifelong leadership skills. Shawna has been delighted to serve as the director of the Cimmaron Opera Camp the last two summers.