If you can’t find the operetta you want, build the operetta that works for you. That’s the idea behind Sonoma State University’s “Heroines,” which opened Thursday at the Everett B. Person Theatre. The college has a wealth of talented young female voices, so instructors Lynne Morrow and Jane Erwin Hammett decided to take songs from a variety of works from the 1880s to the 1930s in order to put together the many roles needed.
SSU Theatre Arts What makes the two young women of Victorian England say “yes” to the men who have come to court them? It’s not their males’ social status, character, charm or good looks, but their (supposed) name: Ernest. There is, both women confess, something in that name [...]
Upheaval comes in “The Cherry Orchard,” Santa Rosa Junior College’s latest theatrical production. An aristocratic Russian family in 1904 is broke and about to lose the estate that its ancestors have owned for generations. After a long absence, they return to the land shortly before it will be sold to pay off the mortgage. However, they seem ill prepared to do much more than beg relatives to help save it. The estate’s radiant, white-blossomed cherry orchard becomes a symbol of all they have lost.
An interview with Dana Gioia, a nationally known artist and part-time Sonoma County resident.
Thursday’s packed house and prolonged standing ovation attest that this show is one for the ages for the college’s Theatre Arts department. The cast, crew and orchestra have shown they can pull off with style one of the more demanding musical blockbusters of our era.