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MARCH / APRIL 2015 MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA
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Artists
Lars Lee
has performed
in
The Crucible
and
A
Christmas Carol
at Hartford
Stage, Connecticut, and
in
Legally Blonde
and
Brigadoon
at the Mac-
Haydn Theater in New York. He has
performed in
The Fantasticks
at Theater
in the Round, and he was a Burning Hill
Singer in North Dakota’s
Medora Musical
.
Jennifer Maren
has
performed with the Guthrie
Theater, Children’s Theatre
Company, Skylark Opera
and Park Square Theatre, in
productions including
The
Sunshine Boys
,
Candide
and
33 Variations
.
She studied at St. Olaf College and the
British American Drama Academy in Oxford.
Erik Pearson
last appeared
with the Orchestra in 2009
as a soloist in “Bernstein
on Broadway” and with the
Street Chorus in Bernstein’s
Mass
. He has played leading
roles with the Guthrie Theater, Minnesota
Opera, Children’s Theatre Company and
other companies; he spends summers with
Montana Shakespeare in the Parks.
Jill Sandager
, who has
performed solos in the
Orchestra’s “Scandinavian
Christmas” and “Viva
Latino” concerts, has
appeared with Theater
Latté Da, Theatre de la Jeune Lune,
Minnesota Opera, Skylark Opera, Great
American History Theatre and numerous
other companies, as well as with the Saint
Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Quinn Shadko
has performed
in many genres and
styles nationally and
locally with the Guthrie
Theater, Minneapolis Pops
Orchestra, Skylark Opera,
Bloomington Civic Theatre, Park Square
Theatre and Gilbert and Sullivan Very Light
Opera Company. She holds degrees from
Rice University and New York University.
Robert Neu
, stage director
Robert Neu has directed more than 60
productions of operas, musicals and plays
in Minnesota and around the country.
Productions he has directed for the
Minnesota Orchestra include
Peer Gynt
,
La Traviata
, Bernstein’s
Mass
and Strauss’
Die Fledermaus
. He recently directed
Don
Pasquale
and
The Face on the Barroom
Floor
for Lyric Opera of the North;
Art
and
Death of a Salesman
for Bloomington
Civic Theater;
Hansel and Gretel
for the
Colorado Symphony; and
On the Town
,
The Fantasticks
and
Candide
for Skylark
Opera. He will next direct
Tosca
for the
Colorado Symphony and
Putting It Together
for Skylark. Neu, a graduate of the Juilliard
School, also teaches master classes and
audition techniques for the University of
Minnesota’s opera department and is a
resident director at Lyric Arts Theater.
Katie Hawkinson
, stage manager
Katie Hawkinson has previously worked
with Twin Cities companies including the
Ordway Center (
Cinderella
), Minnesota
Opera (
Manon Lescaut
,
Arabella
), History
Theatre (
God Girl, Radio Man, The Incredible
Season of Ronnie Rabinovitz
), Jungle
Theater (
The Heiress, Urinetown
), Dark &
Stormy Productions (
The Hothouse, The
Receptionist
), Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
PRODUCTION
(
Our Hometown Christmas Pageant, Bye Bye
Birdie
), as well as many projects with the
Playwrights’ Center, Cardinal Theatricals,
Skylark Opera and Stages Theatre, among
others. She will soon be working as
assistant stage manager for the Ordway’s
production of
Damn Yankees
.
Samantha Fromm Haddow
, costume
designer
Samantha Fromm Haddow was the
costume designer for the Minnesota
Orchestra’s production of
Die Fledermaus
during Sommerfest 2014. She has also
designed for productions with Theater
Latté Da, Lyric Arts in Anoka, Stages
Theater in Hopkins, Hawaii Theater,
Honolulu Theater for Youth, Gallery
Players in New York City and other
performing arts companies. In addition to
designing, Haddow works for the Guthrie
Theater costume shop as the dyer, milliner
and crafts artisan.
Ann Gumpper
, set designer
Ann Gumpper is the resident designer with
Lyric Opera of the North (LOON), and
recently formed the LOON Scenic Shop to
facilitate the creation of scenery and props
for other performing arts companies. Her
scenic designs have been seen in recent
productions with Skylark Opera, Duluth
Playhouse and Minnesota Ballet. Gumpper
designed scenery for Minnesota Orchestra’s
production of
Die Fledermaus
last July.
From an early
scene of the
1956 film
Carousel:
Billy Bigelow,
played by
Gordon MacRae,
beckoning
carnival goers
to ride on the
carousel.
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