Offenbach's 'le 66'
Mission Opera is happy to present Le 66 -
a LIVE outdoor operetta in one-act by Jacques Offenbach on June 5, 6, 12, and 13th
in Santa Clarita.
We will present this rarely performed work in its original French libretto (with English dialogue) on Saturday, June 5th and Saturday, June 12th, as well as in a full English translation on Sunday, June 6th and Sunday, June 13th. All shows will take place outdoors in the private parking lot of Santa Clarita United Methodist Church.
The story centers around two traveling German musicians who get lost as they are going to help a long-lost cousin. They meet a pedlar on the road who sells them a lottery ticket, with the winning number 66. When their luck turns, they do some pretty unusual things until fate snaps them back to reality.
"This show is just a fun and funny good time and that's something we ALL need after this pandemic," says Mission Opera Board of Director Shawn Taylor, who plays Franz in the English cast. Shawn helped co-found Mission Opera in 2019 with Artistic Director Dr. Joshua R. Wentz. Wentz states, "I wanted to find a comedy that featured a very few number of singers, to ensure safety precautions and COVID protocols could be in place and everyone would feel protected." Le 66 only has 3 singers and will be presented with piano only, not the typical full orchestra that Mission Opera has used in previous shows.
Each performance of Le 66 will begin with a smattering of arias by up-and-coming singers before the operetta begins. The entire performance will last 1 hour and 20 minutes without intermission. COVID protocols and safety measures will be strictly followed, according to CDC standards and recommendations. Face masks will be required at all times in the performing space.
PERFORMANCE TIMES & LOCATIONS
6:00 p.m. Saturday, June 5 at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church
6:00 p.m. Sunday, June 6 at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church
6:00 p.m. Saturday, June 12 at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church
6:00 p.m. Sunday, June 13 at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church
Dr. Joshua R. Wentz, artistic director/stage director
Galina Barskaya, musical director
Stephanie Arevalo, stage manager
Shawn Taylor, scenic designer
Jerry Rhodes, lighting designer
Aaron Miller, sound designer
Brandon Coprich, costume designer
Zenith Hyden-Soffer, technician
Alba Franco-Cancel as Grittley (Saturdays)
Chris Hunter as Franz (Saturdays)
Gabriel Manro as Berthold (Saturdays)
Jessie Massoudi as Grittley (Sundays)
Shawn Taylor as Franz (Sundays)
Aaron Ball as Berthold (Sundays)
Jamie Sanderson (cover)