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Third Concert of the 81st Season

The Invention of Morel

Friday-Saturday, February 28-29th, 2020
Honeywell Center, Wabash
Debra Lynn, Conductor

 

The Invention of Morel

 
       
 

By Stewart Copeland
Libretto by Jonathan Moore and Stewart Copeland
Based on the novel by Adolfo Bioy Casares

 
       
  Act I  
  A tropical jungle. A bedraggled, "wildman" Fugitive emerges from the trees. He is fearful of someone or something. A dark unlit structure looms on the island. It is the "Museum," a large and grandiose building.  
       
  Intermission  
       
  Act II  
  The Fugitive, having encountered strange spectral party guests on what he thought was an uninhabited island, determines to save one of them from the sinister clutches of the inventor, Morel.  
       
  Act III  
  The Fugitive begins to understand the motive behind Morel's devastating invention. He is determined to spend eternity with the woman he adores. No price is too great.  
       
 
"The Invention of Morel" is presented by arrangement with G. Schirmer, INC, publisher and copyright owner.

This production has been made possible by the generous support of the following organizations through corporate funds, grants, or significant gifts in-kind: Manchester University, The Honeywell Foundation, The Nolen New Music Endowment, Markey's Rental and Staging, MPS Egg Farms, Arts United in Fort Wayne, and The Community Foundation of Wabash County, Manchester Historical Society, Wabash Area Community Theater, Modoc's, and Manchester Junior-Senior High School.

Markey's Rental & StagingMPS Egg Farms
 
       
 

Cast

(in order of appearance)
 
  Narrator
Fugitive
Ombrellieri/Alec
Stoever
Dora
Duchess
Faustine
Morel
Butler
Maid
Offstage Singers
Grant Ebert
Thomas Hall
Benjamin Tipton
Seth Hendricks
McKenzie Hare
Hayley Cochran
Emily Lynn
Clayton Marcum
Barry Drudge
Judi Orr
Mikayla Genovese, Dora cover
Jennifer Wagner, Faustine cover
       
 

Guest Artists

 
  Stewart CopelandStewart Copeland has spent more than three decades at the forefront of contemporary music as rock star and acclaimed film composer, as well as in the disparate worlds of opera, ballet, and world and chamber music.

Recruiting Sting and Andy Summers in 1977, Copeland is renowned as the founder of The Police, a band that became a defining force in rock music from the '80s through to the present day. His career includes the sale of more than 60 million records worldwide and numerous awards, including five Grammy awards.

Copeland moved beyond the rock arena in the mid-1980s when he returned to his classical roots with creative pursuits in concert and film music. His most recent concert works include BEN-HUR, A Tale of the Christ, which features Copeland as soloist in a live orchestra score for the 1925 silent film; Tyrant's Crush: Concerto for Trapset and Orchestra commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Poltroons in Paradise commissioned by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; and Gamelan D'Drum, commissioned by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for the world percussion group D'Drum.

In 2017, The Chicago Opera Theatre premiered Copeland's surreal chamber opera The Invention of Morel, a co-commission with Long Beach Opera based on the novel by Adolfo Bioy Casares. Copeland has also written two operas based on stories by Edgar Allen Poe: The Cask of Amontillado and The Tell-Tale Heart. Copeland has continued writing for Opera as 2020 brings the premiere of Electric Saint, commissioned by Staaskapelle Weimar, as well as his Oratorio, Satan's Fall, based on John Milton's Paradise Lost, which premiered in Pittsburgh in February, 2020.

Recipient of the Hollywood Film Festival's first Outstanding Music in Film Visionary Award, a Grammy nominee for his 2005 CD Orchestralli, and a 2003 inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Copeland has been responsible for some of the film world's most innovative and ground-breaking scores. His numerous film scores include Oliver Stone's Wall Street, the seminal score for the Golden Globe-nominated soundtrack for Francis Ford Coppola's Rumble Fish, the score for Bruno Barreto's Oscar-nominated Four Days in September, and his Emmy nomination for the Showtime pilot and series Dead Like Me. His work in television includes contributions to The Equalizer, Babylon V, and Desperate Housewives. He also scored the blockbuster hit video game 'Spyro'.

Between international performances of his many orchestral works, Stewart has also presented the highly rated "On Drums -- Stewart Copeland!" for BBC 4 and has filmed a new three-part one-hour documentary series for them called "What Is Music" broadcast in Autumn, 2019.

Stewart Copeland appears by arrangement with PolyArts Management. PolyArts
 
 
Kathleen BelcherStage director Kathleen Smith Belcher is currently engaged in her 17th year as member of the directing staff at the Metropolitan Opera. Among others, she has worked extensively with the San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and the San Diego Opera. Belcher assisted Peter Sellars on the world premiere of John Adams' Dr. Atomic in San Francisco, and helped to remount the production for The Netherlands Opera (Amsterdam), and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Woody Allen, Michael Mayer, Bartlett Sher, Susan Stroman, and Julie Taymor are just a few of the directors with whom she has collaborated. As a member of the Metropolitan Opera directing staff, she has collaborated on numerous "Live in HD" broadcasts, including the Emmy-winning production of Don Pasquale.

Engagements for the 2018-2019 season included company debuts directing Gianni Schicci at La Scala, Rigoletto for Kentucky Opera, a new production of Il barbiere di Siviglia for Chautauqua Opera, and assisting on James Robinson's new production of Porgy & Bess at ENO and Michael Mayer's new production of La Traviata at the Met. The 2019-2020 season includes La Bohème for Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Rigoletto for Florida Grand Opera, and her return to the Metropolitan Opera for productions of Porgy and Bess and Der Rosenkavalier
 
 
 
       
 

Design Team and Production Crew

 
  Director
Assistant Director
Music Director
Rehearsal Pianist
Production/Stage Manager
Honeywell Center Technical Director
Lighting Design
Lighting Intern
Projection Designs and Artwork
Set Design & Construction
Costumes
Hair and Make-Up
Hair and Make-Up Assistant
Properties

Sound
Photography, Poster, Trailer
Public Relations
Honeywell Center Technical Crew



Stage Crew



Supertitles
Marketing Strategies
Kathleen Smith Belcher
Angelina Jung Funk
Debra Lynn
Pamela Haynes
Luke Holliger
Alex Evolga
Miliam Morgan
Arin Lynn
Jena Oke
Derrick Golden
Angelina Jung Funk
Gabrielle McAfee
Clayton Marcum
Madeline Dazey
Angelina Jung Funk
Derrick Golden
Nathan Corder
Anne Gregory
Tim Barr
Taylyn Halderman
Eric Sargent
Braden Williams
Celia Gust
Shane Thomson
Andy Vance
Diana Wilson
Carman Draves
Beth Driscoll's Fall 2019 Marketing Class
       
 

Cast Member Bios

 
  Hayley CochranHayley Cochran, mezzo-soprano (Duchess), is currently a senior at Manchester University in North Manchester, Ind. She has studied voice for three years under soprano Dr. Debra Lynn. She is double majoring in choral music education and vocal performance, and recently completed a semester-long student teaching experience, in which she taught elementary music grades P-3. Hayley has performed many roles in both opera and musical theater. Principal roles include the title role in Lucrezia (Bolcom), Grace in Annie (Strouse), and Rizzo in Grease (Jacobs). Upon graduation Hayley plans to continue teaching elementary music.  
 
Grant EbertGrant Ebert, baritone (Narrator), recently finished his master's degree in vocal performance and literature at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. While attending school there he performed as Marcello in Lyric Theatre of Illinois' production of La Bohème (Puccini), and was the cover for Leporello in Don Giovanni (Mozart). Grant studied with Professor Ricardo Herrera and Professor Jerold Siena. Grant completed his bachelor's degree in music education and vocal performance from Manchester University, where he studied with Dr. Debra Lynn. While attending his undergrad, he starred as the Husband in Amelia Goes to the Ball (Menotti), Don Giovanni in an English version of Don Giovanni (Mozart), Cinderella's Prince in Into the Woods (Sondheim), and Henry Pimpernel in Christopher Sly (Argento). Since completing graduate studies, Grant has performed in Prairie Fire Theater's HMS Pinafore (Gilbert & Sullivan) as Dick Deadeye, and Wabash Area Community Theater's production of Mamma Mia (Andersson and Ulvaeus) as Pepper. Grant enjoys being a substitute teacher for the surrounding schools while working part time at the Honeywell Center, playing trumpet, and expanding his opera and musical theater repertoire.
 
 
Thomas Clay HallThomas Clay Hall, baritone (Fugitive), is a "passionate and dedicated performer, music director and teacher who brings the audience on a journey, whether he is on stage or directing from the orchestra pit." Thomas enjoys a successful career as performer of opera, musical theatre, religious, and concert works. In addition, he embarks on a fulfilling journey as a musical director and voice teacher. Throughout his career, he has performed solo concerts and events throughout the United States. Operatic credits include Danilo in The Merry Widow (Lehar), Jupiter in Orpheus in the Underworld (Offenbach), Pandolfe in Cendrillion (Massenet), Benoit in La Boheme (Puccini), Owen Hart in Dead Man Walking (Heggie), Macheath in Three Penny Opera (Weill), Nanki-Poo in The Mikado (Gilbert & Sullivan), and Filbert in Meanwhile, Back at Cinderella's (Arlan). Musical theater credits include Baker and Cinderella's Prince in Into the Woods (Sondheim), Adam in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Chaplin and dePaul), Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof (Bock), and the Adult Male Roles in Spring Awakening (Sheik). Major concert credits include Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Vaughn Williams' Fantasia on Christmas Carols, and Handel's Messiah. Thomas has been musical director for over twenty full-length musicals, has worked with the Wagon Wheel Junior educational program, and served in the pit orchestra at the Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts in Warsaw, Ind.
 
 
McKenzie HareMcKenzie Hare, soprano (Dora), is thrilled to be performing for Manchester University once again. She is a recent graduate from Manchester University, where she obtained her bachelor's degree in vocal performance. Hare is currently pursuing her master's degree in performance and literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she studies under the direction of Sylvia Stone. Some of her favorite previous roles include: Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow, Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol, Olympia in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, and Anna Leonowens in The King and I. She would like to thank family for constantly supporting her dreams, and also extend her thanks to her cast-mates for a wonderful show, as well as Debra Lynn for providing this amazing opportunity.
 
 
Seth HendricksSeth Hendricks, bass (Stoever), is associate pastor of youth and congregational life at Manchester Church of the Brethren in North Manchester, Ind. A graduate of then Manchester College in 2003, Seth majored in communications with a minor in music. He also holds a master's degree from Bethany Theological Seminary. As a singer-songwriter he has recorded eight full-length albums. Most of these credits were as part of an eclectic-folk band named Mutual Kumquat. This group met at Manchester and brought their good times revolution music all across the country for 18 years. Presently he is a member of the music group Friends with the Weather. Their debut album was released in 2016. Seth has performed many theater roles through the years, and just earlier this year played the role of Jacob in a youth production of Joseph and the Amazin Technicolor Dreamcoat (Webber). Currently he lives in North Manchester, Ind., with his fmaily: Laina, Ezra (10), Wren (6), and Arie (2).
 
 
Emily LynnEmily Lynn, soprano (Faustine), is currently a senior at Manchester University in North Manchester, Ind., double majoring in vocal performance and French. She has studied for three years under soprano Dr. Debra Lynn. Emily spent her junior year at Institut International d'Études Francaises and Institut d'Études Politiques in Strasbourg, France. While there, she studied voice with American baritone, Victor Benedetti. Emily enjoys combining both her fields of study in scholarly endeavors, and has been a presenter for two research symposiums, serving once as keynote speaker with her paper presentation (in lecture recital format) entitled "Noteworthy Collaborations: Claude Debussy's Music and the Symbolist Poetry of Paul Verlaine and Pierre Louÿs." Emily has performed many roles in both opera and musical theater. Principal roles have included Valencienne in The Merry Widow (Lehar), Zerlina in Don Giovanni (Mozart), Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi (Puccini), and Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof (Bock). Excelling in comedic roles, Emily has particularly enjoyed performing the title role in Amelia Goes to the Ball (Menotti), Hedy LaRue in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Loesser), Madame Thénardier in Les Miserables (Schönberg), and Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical the Musical (Flaherty). Upon graduation, Emily plans to pursue a Master of Music degree in opera performance.
 
 
Clayton MarcumClayton D. L. Marcum, tenor (Morel), is currently completing his final semester in his hometown of North Manchester at Manchester University where he is completing a Bachelor of Science in vocal performance. At MU he has played multiple roles including Simon in Lord of the Flies (Williams), the Baker in Into the Woods (Sondheim), Camille in The Merry Widow (Lehar), Don John/Dogberry in Much Ado about Nothing (Shakespeare), Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte (Mozart), and many others. A few of his favorite credits would be Charles Condomine in Blithe Spirit (Coward), Torvald Helmer in A Doll's House (Ibsen), Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol, Melchior Gabor in Spring Awakening (Sheik), and Christopher Boone in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (Stephens). Clayton has also ventured off the MU stage as J.D. in Theater on the square's production of Heathers the Musical (O'Keefe) in Indianapolis, Bert in Mary Poppis (Sherman and Sherman), and Sky in Mamma Mia (Andersson and Ulvaeus) with Wabash Area Community Theater. Clayton would like to thank his friends and family for their support and encouragement throughout all of his performance and academic endeavors. A special thank you to Debra Lynn for being our faithful leader through this challenging but rewarding experience.
 
 
Benjamin TiptonBenjamin Tipton, tenor (Alex/Ombrellieri), is currently a sophomore at Manchester University in North Manchester, Ind., majoring in vocal performance with a minor in religious studies. He has studied for two years under soprano Dr. Debra Lynn. Ben has performed roles in both opera and musical theater. Principal roles have included The Defendant in Trial by Jury (Gilbert & Sullivan), Mr. Banks in Mary Poppins (Fellowes), Potiphar in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Webber), and The Bishop in Les Misérables (Schönberg). Upon graduation, Ben plans to pursue a Master of Music degree in opera performance.
 
       
 

Manchester Symphony Orchestra

 
  Winds
Flute
Clarinet/Bass Clarinet
Bass Clarinet
Bassoon
Trumpet
Trombone
Bass Trombone

Strings
Violin I


Violin II


Viola

Cello
Bass
Guitar

Percussion
David Robbins, principal
Lydia Kelly
Mason Kniola
Pamela Haynes, piano

Sound Effects
Scott Humpries

Kathy Davis
Ed Renz
Mark Huntington
Erich Zummack
Joshua Ganger
Jon Hartman
Alvaro Castillo


Elizabeth Smith, concert master
Kristen Westover
Linda Kummernuss
Joyce Dubach, principal
Pryce Whisenhunt
Paula Merriman
Derek Reeves, principal
Margaret Sklenar
Robert Lynn
Darrel Fiene
David Mikautadze