Thursday, August 6, 2009

Don't Miss Così fan tutte: “Women Are Like That” Aug 6, 7, and 9

Chorus members and Guglielmo (John Arnold) at the movies in the Soo Theatre Project's production of Così fan tutte.

Soo Theatre Project presents Così fan tutte also known as Women Are Like That. This comic opera performed in English is by W.A. Mozart. Così fan tutte is directed and produced by Karen Hughes and Soo, Ontario’s Timothy Murphy. Cedarville’s music man Alan Jacobus will be conducting an array of local talent in the 22-person orchestra. The six principal characters are Karen Hughes Beacom as Fiordiligi, Trisha Wells as Dorabella, John Arnold as Guglielmo, Christopher Hollingsworth as Ferrando, Rosemary Hollingsworth as Despina, and Bradley Williard as Don Alfonso. For more information about the principals, see our previous post. Also on stage will be an all-local chorus. Two weeks ago you may have seen most of the chorus members performing at Soo Theatre’s Vocal Gala.

Così fan tutte is set in present day Sault Ste. Marie, where two Coast Guard men, Guglielmo and Ferrando, are tricked into a bet by the crafty Don Alfonso. He bets them that their faithful fiancées, Fiordiligi and Dorabella, are fickle, like all women are. The bet is set for the men to be called off to duty and return disguised as Canadian hockey players. The sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella are given the bad news about their men; the four have a heartfelt farewell and are left without their men. Don Alfonso is afraid that Despina, the sisters’ chambermaid, will see past Guglielmo and Fernando’s disguise so he bribes her into helping him win the bet. The sisters meet the two Canadian hockey players who instantly begin courting them, but resist because they are faithful to their fiancées. The Canadian hockey players do not give up and think of many crafty ways to win Fiordiligi and Dorabella’s affection with the help of Don Alfonso and Despina. All the while the sisters are struggling not to fall for these new men. The hockey players end up winning the affection of the sisters, but what happens when Guglielmo and Ferrando come back from war and notice their women have fallen for two other men? Come to Soo Theatre Project Thursday and Friday, August 6 and 7 at 7:30pm and/or Sunday, August 9 at 2:00 pm to find out what happens to these couples.

Così fan tutte is performed in English and is set to happen in one day’s time. This comedic opera will have you falling over in your seat with laughter while at the same time have you wooed by the lovely vocal abilities of these professional singers.

Admission for Thursday and Friday, August 6th and 7th at 7:30 pm is $18 for adults, $16 in advance for adults, $16 for seniors, $10 for students, and $5 for children. Sunday, August 9th at 2:00 pm is $15 for adults, $13 in advance for adults, $13 for seniors, $10 for students, and $5 for children. Soo Theatre’s office hours are Monday – Thursday 10 – 6 and Friday 10 – 4. Any questions please call (906) 632-1930 or visit their website at Please come, support, and join Soo Theatre Project!

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