The New Moon begins in New Orleans (a French Colony until 1803) at the Beaunoir home. There, Robert Mission, a nobleman in hiding due to a murder committed in France, pretends to be a bondman on Monsieur Beaunoir. Robert has fallen in love with Marianne, Beaunoir’s daughter, before the play begins. At the curtain, the Vicomte Ribaud arrives to find and arrest Robert. He tracks him first to the Beaunoir house, then to a café, where he finds the revolutionary Philippe with his peers, and finally to a masked ball where Robert is captured with the seeming help of Marianne. Marianne feigns love with Captain Duval so she can sail to France on the ship “The New Moon” with Robert, Ribaud and the comic pairs of Julie, Alexander, Besac, and Clotilde.
In Act II, the ship is taken by Philippe and his men. Robert and Philippe set up a free colony on the Isle of Pines where, one year later, Julie and Alexander and Besac and Clotilde live together as loving couples. Marianne and Robert, although married by island law, do not live together, until Ribaud re-unites them in a ploy to hand the island over to a French ship in the harbor. This he does, but the King is dead, France has entered revolution, Ribaud is arrested and all others live happily ever after.
Stage director Mark Pearson and music director David Weiller lead this production. This production will be followed this season by Hello, Dolly! in two weeks. Pearson, originally from Hull, Massachusetts, holds degrees from Boston College and Boston University. David Weiller, originally from Fullerton, California, holds degrees from Occidental College and the University of Illinois.
The cast is full of new and returning CLOC vocal company members. Talents to look forward to include Erik Dohner as Besac (from Chicago, IL - DePaul University ’16), Maggie Langhorne as Mariane Beaunoir (Santa Barbara, CA – Oberlin Conservatory ’16), Jim Miller as Vicomte Ribaud (Fort Wayne, IN - Wright State University ’16), Abigail Rice as Julie (Canandaigua, NY – Gettysburg College ’16), Christopher Sapp as Robert (Resaca, GA – University of Georgia ’16), Steven Telsey as Alexander (New Hyde Park, NY – Elon University ’18), and Anna Tobin as Clotilde (St. Petersburg, FL - Elon University ’18).
The New Moon will run Tuesday, July 28th through Saturday, August 1st at 8 p.m., with a Thursday Matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are $36 and are available by calling the CLOC Box Office at 508-548-0668 or by visiting the CLOC Box Office, 58 Highfield Drive, Falmouth (open Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 2:00 – 5:00 p.m., and 7:00 –9:00 p.m.). For more information, please visit www .CollegeLightOperaCompany .com.
The College Light Opera Company is an independent nonprofit educational theatre produced by Robert A. and Ursula R. Haslun now in its 47th season in Falmouth. The Company seeks to provide high-quality musicals and operettas to summer audiences on Cape Cod, while at the same time giving young talent from across the country a chance to begin a career in music theatre. The group consists of 32 talented singers, a fine 18-piece orchestra, and 12 dedicated technicians. The Company is selected annually from applicants in colleges and universities all across the country. The members of the Company are dedicated to refining their craft under the guidance of a trained professional staff.