Cast list announced for KCC’s upcoming production of Mozart’s comedic opera, the Marriage of Figaro!

Marriage of Figaro Cast List

FALL 2018 ENSEMBLE CAST

Count Almaviva- Dequan Perry

Countess Almaviva- Anastasia Miller

Susanna- Amanda Adams

Cherubino- Bethany Barroso

Don Bartolo- Jon Caulkett

Marcellina- Carole J. Davis

Don Basilio- Brandon Kellogg

Figaro- Jack Ford-Teich

Antonio- Charles M. Williams

Villagers- Kellogg Singers

http://www.kellogg.edu/music

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Cast list announced for KCC’s upcoming production of Mozart’s comedic opera, the Marriage of Figaro!

Marriage of Figaro Cast List

FALL 2018 ENSEMBLE CAST

Count Almaviva- Dequan Perry

Countess Almaviva- Anastasia Miller

Susanna- Amanda Adams

Cherubino- Bethany Barroso

Don Bartolo- Jon Caulkett

Marcellina- Carole J. Davis

Don Basilio- Brandon Kellogg

Figaro- Jack Ford-Teich

Antonio- Charles M. Williams

Villagers- Kellogg Singers

http://www.kellogg.edu/music

Music Open House @ KCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Aug. 15, 2018

Explore college music programming at KCC’s Music Open House Aug. 31

Faculty and staff from the Kellogg Community College Music Program invite the public to explore the program’s offerings at an open house this month on campus.

KCC’s Music Open House will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, in the Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center, located on the south side of campus at 450 North Ave., Battle Creek. The event is free and open to the public.

Open house attendees will have opportunity to meet several members of KCC’s Music Program faculty, hear live performances by faculty and students and partake of light refreshments.

KCC Music Area Coordinator and Director of Vocal Music Dr. Gerald Case-Blanchard said the event will be informative and fun for all.

“We wish to welcome all who are interested in learning more about what KCC has to offer,” Case-Blanchard said.

KCC’s Arts and Communication Department offers a robust Music Program including an Associate of Arts degree with a music concentration and certificates in Music Enrichment and Sacred Music. Additional music opportunities for students and community members offered through the College include individualized voice and instrument lessons, master classes, student recitals, an annual Opera Workshop, Choirs and Band Ensembles. Additional music initiatives, including youth performance camps.

The College also host three residential choirs, including the Branch County Community Chorus, the Concentus Vocal Ensemble and the Kellogg Singers, which perform together as the KCC Choral Union. In addition to performing regularly in its home state of Michigan, the Choral Union has performed nationally at major venues in Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and performed international concert tours of Ireland and Italy in 2012 and 2014, respectively. KCC choirs have opened for several internationally renowned musicians, including Grammy Award-winning musical groups Take 6 and Sweet Honey in the Rock, and regularly collaborate with major musical organizations including the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, the Haydn Festival Orchestra, the Monroe Community Chorale and Symphony and the Sacred Music Festival of Kalamazoo.

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Media Contact

Eric Greene, Director, Public Information and Marketing

269-966-4088

greenee@kellogg.edu

About Kellogg Community College

Kellogg Community College, founded in 1956, serves approximately 10,500 students annually on five campuses and through its Lifelong Learning and customized training programs.

KCC Fall 2018 Opera Auditions

OPERA WORKSHOP SCHEDULE: The Marriage of Figaro

Friday, August 31, 2018- Davidson Building, Kellogg Community College, 450 North Ave. Battle Creek, MI

Please Note: Auditions open to Community and Students. Accompanist will be provided with advanced reservation.

Audition Requirements:

1) A classical art song or aria (Any language)

For additional information, please email Dr. Gerald Case-Blanchard at Blanchardg@kellogg.edu or visit http://www.kellogg.edu/music for further details.

Audition Date- Friday, August 31. 7:30pm-9:00pm

Rehearsal Schedule: Friday’s 7:00pm-9:00pm in the Davidson Building

First rehearsal: Friday, September 7. 7:00pm-9:00pm

Tech Week Schedule: 6pm-9pm

Monday, December 3-Musical Technical Dress (Full run/ with added instrumentalists)

Tuesday, December 4- Technical Dress (Full run/ with costumes/props & lights)

Wednesday, December 5- Technical Dress (Full run/ with costumes/props & lights)

Thursday, December 6- Final Dress rehearsal

PERFORMANCES:

6:00pm Call time

7:30pm Start time

Friday, December 7- Performance #1

Saturday, December 8- Performance #2

Cast descriptions:

The Marriage of Figaro Cast of Characters

COUNT ALMAVIVA  – baritone, about 26, immensely wealthy, married to Rosina; bored, unhappy young lord of the manor, who both before and after his marriage has been seeking comfort in the beds of other women; insecure in love, lavish, generous and extravagant, solitary, brooding; with a great capacity for suspicion and able to be wildly jealous of Rosina. Fancies himself a wild, romantic womanizer. Liable to vent his temper on anyone available; not much interested in ruling his subjects or improving their lives in any way; consequently rather unpopular with them. Has recently abolished the droit de seigneur; is now pursuing Susanna and has become jealous and resentful of Figaro for being betrothed to her.

COUNTESS ALMAVIVA (Rosina) – soprano, 19, Bartolo’s former ward; married three years ago to the Count. The strongest character in the opera; still very much in love with the Count despite his treatment of her. Tries to turn a blind eye to his affairs. Gentle, graceful and dignified, patches up the Count’s sporadic and thoughtless treatment of his subjects – loved by them. Clever, wry sense of humor; covers up her feelings when in company. Susanna is her closest friend.

SUSANNA- soprano, 19, chambermaid and confidante to Rosina; betrothed (later married) to Figaro. Quick-witted, competent, mercurial, bold, sharp-tongued, a born mimic; generally easy and joyous attitude to life. Has a soft spot for Cherubino, as do most of the women in the castle. Despises the Count, but refrains from criticizing him too much in Rosina’s company.

FIGARO – bass, about 28, previously the Barber of Seville; three years ago helped the Count obtain Rosina, in gratitude was made his personal valet; self-educated, betrothed to Susanna. Has recently lost the Count’s good will on account of being engaged to Susanna. Looks at everything with a broad humor, even the Count’s pursuit of his fiancée. More easy-going than Susanna, not at all suspicious but able to be as hot-blooded as any of the others when occasion demands it. Adept at plotting and getting out of difficult situations; able to think on his feet.

CHERUBINO – mezzo-soprano, 12-13, a love-obsessed young page in Almaviva’s castle; the Countess’s godson; possibly one of the Count’s many illegitimate offspring around the place from before his marriage. Just coming to terms with hormones – has crushes on Rosina, Susanna, Barbarina, Marcellina and most of the other women in the palace. Elegant, flighty, accomplished, self-admiring, cheeky, fancies himself romantic. Always getting on the Count’s nerves, but a great favorite with everyone else. A charming nuisance.

MARCELLINA – mezzo-soprano, in her fifties, Bartolo’s old housekeeper and formerly Rosina’s governess; hopes to marry Figaro, by means of an old contract whereby he promised to marry her if he couldn’t repay the money she lent him. Once (briefly) a lover of Bartolo, when first in his service; had a son by him, who was lost.

DON BARTOLO – bass, at least 60, possibly eighties; medical doctor, former guardian and suitor of Rosina; bears a grudge against Figaro for his part in ‘stealing’ her from him and so is willing to further Marcellina’s cause.

DON BASILIO – tenor, late 40s or early 50s, singing teacher of Susanna, formerly of Rosina, the Count’s constant secret messenger and spokesman to his many clandestine female friends over the years. Has recently been Susanna courting Susanna in the Count’s name during her singing lessons.

DON CURZIO – tenor, a judge called in by the Count to give the appearance of unbiased legitimacy to Marcellina’s lawsuit against Figaro.

BARBARINA – soprano, 12, a peasant girl, Antonio’s daughter, Susanna’s cousin; hopes to marry Cherubino. Puts on a bold, cheeky face in company, but is really easily intimidated, anxious and tragically scarred by the oblivious Count’s attentions. Hates him, but has no way of standing up to him.

ANTONIO – bass, 30s or 40s, the gardener; Barbarina’s father, Susanna’s uncle. Mostly drunk; terse and shrewd when sober. Doesn’t want Susanna to marry Figaro, as he is low-born and doesn’t know even who his parents are.

Two young girls

Chorus of Peasants and townspeople