The College Light Opera Company is proud to present Into the Woods as the ninth and final show of its 46th season. This is CLOC’s second production of Into the Woods, which was done in the 2004 season.
Into the Woods is the story of a baker and his wife’s journey into the woods in search of a cow, a red cape, a strand of yellow hair and a golden slipper. These ingredients are necessary to lift a curse that has left them childless, put upon them by a witch. Along the way they encounter princes, wolves, giants and a host of familiar fairy tale characters. Through romance, magic, passion, tragedy and forgiveness, they soon discover that wishes can come true, but a happy ending is never as easy as it seems.
This production is led by stage director Corin Hollifield and music director Dr. Todd Florin. Hollifield, from Calgary, Alberta, received his degrees from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. He currently resides in New York, NY. This is his 15th summer with CLOC and he last directed She Loves Me! in the 2013 season. He also directed CLOC’s last production of Into the Woods in 2004.
Florin, from Cincinnati, OH, received his degrees from University of Rochester, University of Rochester School of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania. Florin began at CLOC as an associate conductor in the 1999 season and has served as principal conductor thereafter. Todd met his wife Kemper at CLOC when she was a member of the 2003 Vocal Company. Last summer he music directed The Most Happy Fella.
The cast will feature Lindsay Cabaniss as The Witch (Tolland, CT – Hartt School of Music ’15), Joshua Gronlund as Rapunzel’s Prince (Detroit, MI – Michigan State University ’15), Will Hawkins as The Narrator (Alexandria, VA – UNC Chapel Hill ’14), Jens Jacobson as The Wolf (Platteville, WI – Belmont University ’14), Maggie Langhorne as Little Red Riding Hood (Santa Barbara, CA – Oberlin Conservatory of Music ’16) Nick Martiniano as Baker (Troy, NY – Russell Sage College ’15), Mike McCann as Cinderella’s Prince (Winslow, ME – Middlebury College ’15), and Caitlin Ruddy as Baker’s Wife (Land O’ Lakes, FL – Eastman School of Music MM ’15),
The College Light Opera Company is proud to present H.M.S. Pinafore as the eighth show of its 46th season. This is CLOC’s fifteenth production of H.M.S. Pinafore, which premiered in the very first CLOC season in 1969 and was last done in 2009.
H.M.S. Pinafore is the story of the sailors of the H.M.S. Pinafore who are preparing the ship for inspection by Sir Joseph Porter, First Lord of the Admiralty. The atmosphere is marred only by the peddler Little Buttercup’s hints of a dark secret she is hiding, and by the lovelorn plaints of Ralph, a sailor, and Josephine, the Captain’s daughter. Class pride keeps Josephine from sharing her feelings with Ralph, while Captain Corcoran has been arranging a marriage between her and Sir Joseph, who is in a social class even above the Corcorans. Sir Joseph appears, attended by a train of female relatives, and Josephine finds him insufferable. When Ralph pleads his suit she rejects him, but when he threatens suicide she agrees to elope. They rejoice as Dick Deadeye croaks a warning that their hopes will be frustrated.
Buttercup attempts to comfort the Captain, whom she loves, in his despair at the coldness of his daughter towards Sir Joseph. Dick Deadeye informs Captain Corcoran of the planned elopement. The Captain, intercepting the lovers, is so incensed that he cries “Damme!” Sir Joseph, horrified at the swearing, send the Captain off in disgrace. When he learns of the elopement, Sir Joseph orders Ralph put in irons. Buttercup now reveals her long- withheld secret, which results in a sudden reversal in social status, thus allowing all of the lovers to be happily united.
This production is led by stage director David Ward and music director Mary Marcell. This is Ward’s first CLOC production as a stage director. Marcell also music directed How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying this season.
Ward, a resident of Tucson, AZ, received his degrees from the University of Houston. He was a member of the CLOC Vocal Company from 1982-83. He is currently the Director of the University of Arizona Opera Theater, where he recently directed Die Fledermaus and The Magic Flute. He has also directed for the Opera in the Ozarks, the Moores School of Music, and Houston’s Opera in the Heights.
Marcell, from New York, NY, received her degrees from Smith College and the Hartt School of Music. She returns to CLOC for her 22nd season and has led over 30 CLOC productions as a Principal Conductor. Mary leads groups ranging from a 12-voice vocal jazz ensemble to the 180 performers of her annual Festival Chorus Concert. Mary chairs the music department at Rye Country Day School, where she teaches the Upper School Choruses, AP Music Theory, and music directs the Student/Faculty musical.
The cast is full of new CLOC vocal company members. Talents to look forward to are Joshua Gronlund as Ralph (Detroit, MI – Michigan State University ’15), Will Hawkins as Sir Joseph, (Alexandria, VA – UNC Chapel Hill ’14), Mike McCann as Captain Corcoran (Winslow, ME – Middlebury College ’15) and Erin Reppenhagen as Little Buttercup (Tully, NY – SUNY Potsdam – The Crane School of Music ’14).
Returners to look for include Jens Jacobson as Dick Deadeye (Platteville, WI – Belmont University ’14) and Maggie Langhorne as Josephine (Santa Barbara, CA – Oberlin Conservatory of Music ’16).
The College Light Opera Company (CLOC) is proud to present How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying as the seventh show of its 46th season. This is CLOC’s fourth production of How to Succeed, which was done in the 1991 1998, and 2008 seasons.
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is about the triumph of one common man, and his dastardly rise to the top.
Our hero is a window washer named J. Pierpont Finch, who has recently begun reading a book entitled How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Following the instructions of the book, Finch lands a job in the mailroom of the World Wide Wicket Company, quickly gains promotions, befriends J.B. Biggley, the arrogant president of the company, and attempts to outsmart his rival, Bud Frump - who also happens to be the boss's nephew. Aiding Finch is an ambitious secretary of the company, the love smitten Rosemary.
Will Finch get to the top rung of the ladder? Will he defeat the smarmy Bud Frump? Will Rosemary’s win Finch’s affections? Let us find out!
This production is led by stage director Robert W. Schneider and music director Mary Marcell. This is Schneider’s first CLOC production. Marcell will also music direct H.M.S. Pinafore from August 12-16. Schneider, from New York, NY, received his degrees from California Lutheran University and Penn State. He most recently served as the Associate Director of Sweeney Todd, which starred Academy Award winner Emma Thompson and Tony Award Winner Audra McDonald. Mr. Schneider is a freelance theatre director with over one hundred credits in theatre, television, and film to his resume. He has recently directed Nine (Fordham University), Twisted (w/Glee’s Darren Criss), and is about to direct the regional premiere of Memphis: The Musical in Los Angeles.
He proudly teaches musical theatre for Penn State University, Yale University, and the New York Film Academy. Marcell, also from New York, NY, received her degrees from Smith College and the Hartt School of Music. She returns to CLOC for her 21st season and has led over 30 CLOC productions as a Principal Conductor. Based in the New York City area, Mary leads groups ranging from a 12-voice vocal jazz ensemble to the 180 performers of her annual Festival Chorus Concert. Mary chairs the music department at Rye Country Day School, where she
teaches the Upper School Choruses, AP Music Theory, and music directs the Student/Faculty musical.
The cast is full of new CLOC vocal company members. Talents to look forward to are Rebecca Brudner as Smitty (Brooklyn, NY – Yale University ’16), Victoria Erickson as Hedy La Rue (Northfield, MN – Concordia College ’15) Will Hawkins as Bud Frump, (Alexandria, VA – UNC Chapel Hill ’14), and Mike McCann as J.B. Biggley (Winslow, ME – Middlebury College ’15).
Returners to look for include Maggie Langhorne as Rosemary (Santa Barbara, CA – Oberlin Conservatory of Music ’16) and Nick Martiniano as J. Pierpont Finch (Troy, NY – Russell Sage College ’15).