Monticello: The Opera

Monticello: The Opera

Production history of the opera “Monticello”

I - Premiere at the Skirball Cultural Center,Los Angeles

5 performances – April 26-30, 2000
Produced by L. A. Theatre Works, Susan Albert Loewenberg, Producing Director

Directed by John Rubinstein
Musical Direction and piano by Victoria Kirsch
Conducted by Richard Rintoul

Cast
Shana Blake Hill………………………Sally Hemings
Annette Daniels……………………...Betty Hemings
Susan Hull………………………………Narrator
Cynthia Jansen……………………….Patsy Jefferson
Hakeem Jawanza…………………….Young Madison Hemings
Christopher Schuman……………..Thomas Jefferson (1)
Haqumai Sharpe………………………Madison Hemings
Michael Paul Smith………………….James Hemings
Stan Chandler.…………………………Thomas Jefferson (2)

Chorus: Kaleo Ashlly-Simpkins, Mary Thomas, Beverly Dangerfield, Dr. Marc Gory,
Geraldine Hayes, Mary Holmes, Stephen Page, Derrick Pete,and Kenna Ramsey.

A 2-CD recording of L. A. Theatre Works’ full-cast audio theatre production of “Monticello” was commercially released shortly after the production. Copies are for sale from L.A. Theatre Works at
1-800-708-8863
email: latworks@aol.com
web: www.latw.org
The L.A. Theatre Works recording of “Monticello” has played on public radio across the U.S. since the premiere.


II - The second production of “Monticello” – a revised version and the first full production – was produced at California Plaza, downtown Los Angeles, by Grand Performances for four performances June 14 – 17, 2001. Michael Alexander is the producing and artistic director of Grand Performances.

Directed by Christopher Harlan
Musical Direction and piano by Victoria Kirsch
Conducted by Richard Rintoul
Chorus Master – Byron Smith

Cast

Shana Blake Hill…………………………Sally Hemings
Peter Halverson………………………….Thomas Jefferson
Nmon Ford…………………………………James Hemings
Cynthia Jansen………………………….Patsy Jefferson (June 14,17)
Kristin Rothfuss…………………………Patsy Jefferson (June 15,16)
Annette Daniels…………………………Betty Hemings
Haqumai Sharpe……………………….Madison Hemings
Hakeem Jawanza...……………………Young Madison Hemings
Greg Sidnam…………………………….Overseer

Chorus: The Spirit of Los Angeles Chorale – Bradley Baker, Celeste Bembry,
Kay Bowen, Timothy Davis, Cherise Hall, Perry Hayes, Karen Kelly, Byron J Smith, Nell Walker, Hurshel Williams.

Musicians: Piano………….Victoria Kirsch
Cello…………..Erica Duke
Percussion……..Amy Knoles