List of Productions

 

Production Spotlight

USM Musical Tackles Today’s Social Issues in Song

“We felt compelled to bring to our community a performance that showcases themes of acceptance, individualism, tolerance, and inspiration,” said Director Mike Lopinto. “With some fun pokes at ourselves and our imperfections as humans and with the acknowledgement that we have work to do as individuals and as a society, we hope Showbiz Harmony will move you in ways that inspire you to think about the world we live in and what each of us needs to do to ensure it is a better place for future generations.

 

SHOWBIZ HARMONY FINALE (2017)

 

 

 

Opera and Musical Theatre Company Productions

 

Frank Marsh established the Opera Workshop in 1948

in order to give students training and experience in opera productions.

* denotes collaborative production with Department of Theatre and Dance

 

* Denotes collaborative production with Department of Theatre and Dance


TURANDOT, April 24 and 28, 2018

Octavio Cardenas, Director

Jay Dean, Music Director


MAGIC OF THE MUSICAL STAGE, February 22, 2018

Mike Lopinto, Director

Jay Dean, Music Director, producer

Michael Miles, Chorus Master


PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, October 26-November 4, 2017

Mike Lopinto, Stage Director

Jay Dean and Michael Miles, Music Directors


RIGOLETTO, April 11 and 28, 2017

Corrine Hayes, Director

Jay Dean, Music Director


SHOWBIZ HARMONY, October 16, 2016

Mike Lopinto, Stage Director

Michael Miles, Music Director


CARMEN, February 18, 20, 2016

Joseph Levitt, Director

Jay Dean, Music Director and Producer


WEST SIDE STORY, October 15, 16, 18, 2015

Rob Mulholland, Director

Michael Miles, Music Director


HANSEL AND GRETEL, October 6, 7, 2015

Stacey Trenteseaux, Director

Hector Pinzon, Music Director


TRIAL BY JURY and BON APPETIT, April 2015                                         

Jonathan Yarrington, Director

Dennis Leoni, Music Director

TOSCA, March 29, 2015

Robert Grayson, Director

Jay Dean, Music Director and Producer


MARY POPPINS, February 2015

Mike Lopinto, Director

Michael Miles, Music Director


DIE LUSTIGE WITWE (The Merry Widow), October 2014

(four-city tour)

Rob Mulholland Director

Jay Dean, Music Director and Producer


SHOWBIZ SHOWSTOPPERS, April 11, 2014

Mike Lopinto, Stage Director

Michael Miles, Music Director


COSI FAN TUTTE, February 2014

Rob Mulholland, Director

Jay Dean, Music Director and Producer


COSI FAN TUTTE (four-city tour), October 2013

Rob Mulholland, Director

Jay Dean, Music Director and Producer


OPERA SCENES, April 12, 2013                                   

(Opera workshop production)

Graham Anduri, Stage Director


SWEENEY TODD, March 7 & 8 2013

Mike Lopinto, Stage Director

Michael Miles, Musical Director and Producer


DIE FLEDERMAUS, October 16 & 19, 2012

Rob Mulholland, Stage Director

Jennifer Hart, Musical Director/Conductor


L’ENFANT ET LES SORTELEGES, April  2012

(Opera workshop production)

Graham Anduri and Elliott Yates, Stage Directors

Jennifer Hart, Musical Director/Conductor


CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA and II TABARRO, February 2012

Rob Mulholland, Stage Director

Jay Dean, Musical Director and Producer


LA BOHEME, February 2011                                   

Rob Mulholland, Stage Director

Jay Dean, Musical Director and Producer     


RAGTIME, March 4-6, 2010

Robin Carr, Stage Director

Michael Miles, Musical Director and Producer


I PAGLIACCI AND GIANNI SCHICCHI, October 20/22, 2009

Rob Mulholland, Stage Director

Jay Dean, Musical Director and Producer


THE MERRY WIDOW (AND OTHER STUFF), March 5, 2009

(A workshop production featuring scenes from

 The Merry Widow and various other arias and ensembles)

Maryann Kyle, Director and Producer

Jean Reis, Conductor


COMPANY (Stephen Sondheim), November 2008

Rob Mulholland, Director

Tammy Mansfield, Music Director

Jay Dean, Musical Supervisor and Producer


THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO (W.A. Mozart), April 2008

(Collaborative Production with Mississippi Opera)

Wendy Taucher, Stage Director

Jay Dean, Music Director and Producer


GUYS AND DOLLS (Frank Loesser), October 2007

Rob Mulholland, Director

Kim Cargile, Conductor

Jay Dean, Producer


CARMEN (George Bizet), April 2007

(Collaborative Production with Mississippi Opera)

Alan Mann, Stage Director

Jay Dean, Music Director

Maryann Kyle, General Director


GODSPELL (Stephen Schwartz), September 2006

Rob Mullholand, Director

Kim Cargile and Darryl Harris, Conductors

Maryann Kyle, Producer

Jay Dean, Musical Supervisor


WEST SIDE STORY (Leonard Bernstein), February 2006

Rob Mullholand, Director

Jay Dean, Music Director

Maryann Kyle, Producer


LA TRAVIATA (Giuseppe Verdi), November 2005

(Collaborative Production with Mississippi Opera)

Alan Mann, Director

Jay Dean, Music Director

Maryann Kyle, Producer


SUSANNAH (Carlisle Floyd), February 2005

Maryann Kyle, Director and Producer

Jay Dean, Conductor


GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING, November 2004

(Rodgers and Hammerstein)

Maryann Kyle, Director and Producer

Juan Carlos Peña, Music Director


INTO THE WOODS (Steven Sondheim), April, 2004

Obra Quave, Director

Constance Roberts, Conductor

Maryann Kyle, Producer


THE MAGIC FLUTE (W.A. Mozart), January 2004

Maryann Kyle, Director and Producer

Pablo Saelzer, Conductor


CARMEN (Georges Bizet), April 2003

Maryann Kyle, Director and Producer


THE SOUNDS OF RICHARD RODGERS, March 2002

Maryann Kyle, Constance Roberts, Directors

Jay Dean, Producer


THE BARBER OF SEVILLE (Gioacchino Rossini), February 2001

Rob Mulholland, Director

Fiora Contino, Conductor

Jay Dean, Producer





JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, October 2000

(Andrew Lloyd Weber)

Rob Mulholland, Director

Joseph Britain, Music Director

Jay Dean, Producer


THE FANTASTIKS  (Harvey Schmidt), July 2000

Rob Mulholland, Director

Joseph Britain, Music Director

Jay Dean, Producer


GLORIOUS VISTAS OF ITALIAN OPERA, April 2000

Rob Mulholland, Director

Jay Dean, Music Director and Producer


LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (W. A. Mozart), February 2000

Christopher D. White, Conductor

Rob Mulholland, Director

Jay Dean, Producer


THE TENDER LAND (Aaron Copland), February 2000

Rob Mulholland, Director and Producer

Tim Koch, Conductor


YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN, November 1999

(Clark Gesner)

Rob Mulholland, Director

Joseph Britain, Music Director

Jay Dean, Producer


CARMEN, Concert Version (Georges Bizet), July 25, 1998

Starring Metropolitan Opera Mezzo-soprano, Denyce Graves

Southern Arts Festival Opera

Rob Mulholland, Stage Director

Jay Dean, Conductor and Producer


ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD, February 1998           

(Jacques Offenbach)

Rob Mulholland, Stage Director

Jay Dean, Music Director and Producer


AN EVENING OF PUCCINI, March 1997

Le Villi

Suor Angelica

Rob Mulholland, Stage Director

Jay Dean, Music Director and Producer


SNOW WHITE (Luigi Zaninelli), March 1996

Rob Mulholland, Director

Jay Dean, Music Director and Producer


DON GIOVANNI (W.A. Mozart), March 1995

Rob Mulholland, Director

Jay Dean, Music Director and Producer


SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM, November 1994

(Stephen Sondheim)

Rob Mulholland, Director

Joseph Britain, Music Director

Jay Dean, Producer


THE MIKADO (Gilbert and Sullivan), February 1994

Marcia Orbison Weinert, Stage director

Jay Dean, Music Director and Producer


OPERA A LA CARTE, LE MENU, February 1993

Jay Dean, Music Director and Producer


THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, 1992

(Otto Nicolai)

David Holley, Director and Producer

Jay Dean, Conductor


THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO (W.A. Mozart), April 1991

David Holley, Director and Producer

Jay Dean, Conductor


AN EVENING OF OPERA WORKSHOP SCENES, November 1990

David Holley, Director

Scenes from:

Mozart            Le Nozze di Figaro

Mozart            Don Giovanni

Bizet               Carmen

Gounod           Romeo et Juliette

Mozart            The Marriage of Figaro

Mozart            Don Giovanni

Poulenc           Dialogues des Carmelites

Mozart            Cosi fan Tutte



CENDRILLON (Jules Massenet), March 1990

David Holley, Director and Producer

Jay Dean, Conductor


AN EVENING OF ONE ACTS AND SCENES, November 1989

David Holley, Director

Scenes from:

Smetana           The Bartered Bride

Humperdink      Hansel and Gretel

Puccini              La Rondine

Hindemith         Hin und zurück

Puccini              La Boheme


THE MAGIC FLUTE, April 1989

(W. A. Mozart)

David Holley, Director and Producer

Jay Dean, Music Director


AN EVENING OF ONE ACTS AND SCENES, November 1988

David Holley, Director

Scenes from:

The Magic Flute

Carmen

A Hand of Bridge

The Impresario


SUSANNAH, February 1988

(Carlisle Floyd)

David Holley, Director


HANSEL AND GRETEL, April 1987

(Englebert Humperdink)

David Holley, Director


THE TELEPHONE, November 1986

(Gian Carlo Menotti)

David Holley, Director


GREAT SCENES FROM OPERAS, November 1981

Karl Brock, Producer and Director

Scenes from:

Cosi fan Tutte

Carmen

The Marriage of Figaro

The Consul

The Abduction from the Seraglio


PATIENCE (Gilbert and Sullivan), November 1980

Patricia Hays, Director

David Zepeda, Music Director

AN EVENING OF OPERETTA, November 1979

Patricia Hays, Director


AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS, December 1978

(Gian Carlo Menotti)

Patricia Hays, Director

Robert Pressley, Conductor


SUOR ANGELICA (Giacomo Puccini), April 1976

and IL TABARRO

Patricia Hays, Director

Vernon Raines, Conductor


WEST SIDE STORY (Leonard Bernstein), November 1975*

Larry D. Mullican, Director

Joe Barry Mullins, Conductor


FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, November 1974*

Blaine Quarnstrom, Director

Joe Barry Mullins, Conductor


DIE FLEDERMAUS (Johann Strauss), January 1974

Robert Mesrobian, Director

William T. Gower, Conductor


YOU ‘RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN, August 1973*

Blaine Quarnstrom, Director

Sherman Hong, Music Director


BORIS GODOUNOV-Concert version (Modest Mussorgsky), April 1973

Starring Metropolitan Opera baritone, Norman Treigle

James Yestadt, Guest Conductor

David Foltz and Jack Donovan Choral Conductors

William Gower, Orchestra Conductor


A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, November 1972

(Benjamin Britten)

Robert Mesrobian, Director

William Gower, Conductor

(Opening event for the Mannoni Performing Arts Center)

THE BARBER OF SEVILLE (Gioacchino Rossini), July 1972

Robert Mesrobian, Director

William Gower, Conductor


L’INFEDELTA DELUSA (Joseph Haydn), February 1972

Robert Mesrobian, Director

William T. Gower, Conductor


A FUNNY THING HAPPENED, November 1971*

ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM

(Stephen Sondheim)

Blaine Quarnstrom, Director

William Gower, conductor


GIANNI SCHICCHI (Giacomo Puccini)                  

Robert Mesrobian, Director

James Yestadt, Conductor


FAUST (Charles Gounod), August 1971


VOYAGE TO THE MOON (Jacques Offenbach), November 1970

Robert Mesrobian, Director

William Gower, Conductor


COSI FAN TUTTE (W.A. Mozart), May 1970

Robert Mesrobian, Director


OPERA HIGHLIGHTS, October 1969

and

GALLANTRY (Douglas Moore)      

Robert Mesrobian, Director


FLOWER DRUM SONG, June 1969

(Rodgers and Hammerstein)

Jack P. Donovan, Director

William Gower, Conductor


OPERA SCENES, May 1969

AIDA (Giuseppe Verdi)                                                        

and

THE CLOAK (Giacomo Puccini)

Clifton Ware, Director




THE THREE PENNY OPERA, February 1969

(Kurt Weill)

Clifton Ware, Director


THE OLD MAN AND THE THIEF, November 1968

and

THE TELEPHONE

(Gian Carlo Menotti)

Clifton Ware, Director


THE MIKADO (five-city tour), Summer 1968

William Gower, Conductor


CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA, March 1968

(Pietro Mascagni)

Clifton Ware, Director

William Gower, Conductor


THE MIKADO (Gilbert and Sullivan), November 1967

Clifton Ware, Director

William Gower, Conductor


OPERA SCENES, October 1967

Clifton Ware, Tenor

Marie Melichar, Soprano


GIANNI SCHICCHI  (Giacomo Puccini)

Francis Monachino, Director and Producer

William Gower, Musical Director


THE MEDIUM  (Gian Carlo Menotti), March 1967


AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS, December 1966

(Gian Carlo Menotti)

Francis Monachino, Director and Producer

William Gower, conductor


THE MUSIC MAN, Summer 1966 

Francis Monachino, Director

William Gower, conductor 


DRAGENFUT GIRL, November 1965

(A comic opera by Meyer Kupferman)

Directed by Francis Monachino


CAROUSEL, July 1965

(Rodgers and Hammerstein)

Francis L. Monachino, director

DIDO AND AENEAS  (Henry Purcell), April 1965

and

LA SERVA PADRONA (Pergolesi)

Francis Monachino, Opera director


THE CONSUL (Gian Carlo Menotti), April 1965


DIE FLEDERMAUS, 1965

William T. Gower, Music Director

Hattiesburg Civic Opera Production

with USM faculty and Orchestra


MARDI GRAS AND MILDRED KAYDEN, March 1965

Francis Monachino, Director


HANSEL AND GRETEL, November 1964

By Humperdinck

Francis Monachino, Director

William T. Gower, Conductor


THE KING AND I, July 1964

Francis L. Monachino, Director

William Gower, conductor


THE MAGIC FLUTE, April 1964

Francis Monachino, Director and producer

William Gower, conductor


DON GIOVANNI W.A. Mozart), 1963

William T. Gower, Music Director

Hattiesburg Civic Opera Production

starring Metropolitan Opera baritone, Norman Treigle,

with USM faculty and Orchestra (at the Saenger)


THE MEDIUM (Gian Carlo Menotti)

Francis Monachino, Director and producer

Leonard Stocker, Associate Director


IN THE GARDEN (Meyer Kupferman), November 1963




LITTLE MARY SUNSHINE, July 1963

(Rick Besoyan)

F.L. Monachino, Director and Producer

Robert Hays, orchestra conductor


SWEET BETSY FROM PIKE (Marck Bucci), July 1963

Karen Mannoni, director


THE TELEPHONE (Gian Carlo Menotti), July 1963


DON GIOVANNI (W.A. Mozart)

Clifford Reims, Director

Harold Avery, Conductor


THE CRUCIBLE, April 4, 1963

(Based on the play by Arthur Miller

Music by Robert Ward, Libretto Bernard Stambler)

Clifford Reims, Director

Harold Avery, conductor


AN EVENING OF OPERA, November 1962

Gallantry by Douglas Moore

The Cloak by Giacomo Puccini

Clifford Reims, Director


PAINT YOUR WAGON, August, 1962

(Lerner and Loewe)

Clifford Reims, Director

Theodore C. Russell, Conductor


THE STUDENT PRINCE, July, 1962

(Sigmund Romberg)

Clifford Reims, Director

Harold Avery, Conductor


THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, May 17, 1962

Clifford Reims, Director

Harris Crohn, Conductor

Leonard Stocker, Associate


AN EVENING ON BROADWAY, March 24, 1962

Clifford Reims, Director

Leonard Stocker, Associate

Scenes from:

Cole Porter                              Kiss me Kate                         

Grieg-Wright                           Song of Norway                                                                     

Lerner & Lowe                        Camelot                                                                                  

Loesser                                  Most Happy Fella                                                                 

Rodgers & Hammerstein          Carousel


AN EVENING OF OPERA EXCERPTS, January 13, 1962

Clifford Reims, Director

Scenes from:

Mozart:           The Marriage of Figaro                                  

Bizet:              Carmen                                                           

Offenbach       Tales of Hoffmann                                         

Moore             The Ballad of Baby Doe                                

Verdi               Rigoletto   


THE GONDOLIERS (Gilbert and Sullivan), August 1961

Ernestine Ferrel, stage director

Theodore Russell, orchestra conductor


THE BOY FRIEND (Sandy Wilson), June 1961*

Gilbert Hartwig, stage director

Robert Presser, music director


SUSANNAH (Carlisle Floyd), May 18, 1961

Production Director: Leonard Stocker

Musical Director: Harris Crohn


DAMN YANKEES (Richard Adler and Jerry Ross), March, 1961*

Gilbert Hartwig, stage director


OPERA CONCERT, January 17, 1961

Leonard Stocker, Narrator

Harris Crohn, Pianist

Scenes from:

Mozart: The Magic Flute

Verdi: La Traviata

Puccini: Madame Butterfly

Berlioz: The Damnation of Faust

Gounod: Faust

Sullivan: The Yeomen of the Guard

Offenbach: The Lantern Marriage


THE WISTLER (William Presser), July 1960

H.M.S. PINAFORE (Gilbert and Sullivan)   

Leonard Stocker, stage director

Harris Crohn, music director


GIANNI SCHICCHI AND LA BOHEME, May 1960

Giacomo Puccini

Leonard Stocker, stage director

Harris Crohn, music director


OKLAHOMA (Rogers and Hammerstein), February 1960*

Gilbert Hartwig, Robert Hays and Robert Tresser, directors


DIE FLEDERMAUS (J. Strauss), April 1959

Robert Mesrobian, stage director


GUYS AND DOLLS ( Frank Loesser), February 1959

Leonard Stocker, stage director

Harris Crohn, music director


THE WHISTLER (William Presser), February 1959           

Original production for Southern Opera

Leonard Stocker, stage director

Harris Crohn, music director


THE MERRY WIDOW (Lehar), April 1958

Leonard Stocker, stage director

Harris Crohn, music director


BRIGADOON (Lerner and Loewe), March 1958

Raymond Mannoni

Gilbert Hartwig and Robert Tresser, directors

Robert Hays, music director


COX AND BOX (Gilbert and Sullivan), March 1957

Leonard Stocker, stage director

Harris Crohn, music director


THE OLD MAID AND THE THIEF (Gian Carlo Menotti), March 1957

Leonard Stocker, stage director

Harris Crohn, music director


OPERA EXCERPTS, January 1957

Leonard Stocker, stage director

Harris Crohn, music director

(The Magic Flute, Faust, Cosi fan Tutte,

Don Giovanni, Martha, Die Fledermaus, and

The Gondoliers)


SUNDAY EXCURSION (Alec Wilder), July 1956

Leonard Stocker, director


THE MIKADO (Gilbert and Sullivan), April, 1956

Leonard Stocker, director

Harris Crohn, music director


OPERA CONCERT, March 1956

Presentation of Opera scenes

Leonard Stocker, director

Harris Crohn, music director

(The Marriage of Figaro, The Bartered Bride,

La Boheme, Hansel and Gretel, Die Fledermaus)


CUMBERLAND FAIR (Choir Tour Opera), 1955

By Arnold Sundgaard

Leonard Stocker, director


THE RED MILL (Victor Herbert), 1955

Leonard Stocker, director


HEY DAZE (an original Southern Play), March 1955 (*?)

Robert Hays, composer

Thomas Long, Richard Johnson, Patricia Hays,

Jacqueline Long, and Robert Hays, book and lyrics

Carl Squitiero, dialogs

William Seay, choreography

(Southern to the Top is from this musical)


SUMMER OPERA WORKSHOP, 1954

Marriage by Lantern and Trial by Jury

Leonard Stocker, director


MARRIAGE BY LANTERN LIGHT (Offenbach), 1954

Leonard Stocker, director


NAUGHTY MARIETTA, April 1953

Leonard Stocker, director


TRIAL BY JURY (Gilbert and Sullivan), May 1952

(Opera Tour)

Leonard Stocker, director


THE CHOCOLATE SOLDIER (Oscar Strauss), April 1952

Leonard Stocker, director


TRIAL BY JURY (Gilbert and Sullivan), 1950

Robert Waterstripe, director

Frank Earl Marsh, Music Director


DOWN IN THE VALLEY (Kurt Weill), 1950


ROBIN HOOD (Reginald DeKoven), 1949

Lloyd Patten, director


THE BARTERED BRIDE (Smetana), 1948

Lloyd Patten, director