The Blue Moose Opera

The Blue Moose Opera poster

Theatre Arts Spring 2007 Mainstage Production. A collaboration between the Theatre Arts Department and the School of Music.

The Blue Moose Opera

March 29 - April 1, 2007

Directed by: Marco Schindelmann
Story: Daniel Pinkwater
Music: Daniel Tucker
Ballet Interlude: MLuM
Conducted: Co Nguyen
Choreography: Jo Dierdorff
Set Design: Snezana Petrovic
Costume Design: Nephelie Andonyadis
Lighting Design: Dan Cork

In the grand tradition of commissioning works of art to celebrate significant events, the University of Redlands has commissioned an opera intended to reach audiences young and old. The Blue Moose is based on the novel by renowned author and National Public Radio commentator, Daniel Pinkwater, with music by the Chicago Composer, Daniel Tucker. Mr. Pinkwater has also written the libretto.

The work was directed by Artist Professor of Opera and Voice, Marco Schindelmann and premiered on March 29, 2007 as part of the University's Centennial Celebration.

The Blue Moose tells the story of a little restaurant at the edge of the big woods where a man named Mr. Breton happily runs the restaurant. Mr. Brenton likes to cook but he doesn't like it when the townspeople don't compliment him on his cooking.

One day, Mr. Breton invited a blue moose, who didn't like the cold, in to the restaurant and served him clam chowder. The moose, who enjoys the soup, decides to stay and become Mr. Breton's waiter. From this time on, things at the restaurant begin to hum.


'Blue Moose' opera to debut at University of Redlands- Press Enterprise


Narrator: Nick Zaharopoulos  Mrs. Bobowicz:  Marte Riley 
      Roya Clune
      Michelle Abbott 
Moose: Luvi Avendano Dave:  Printyce Ragland 
  Chip Gross   Marco Schindelmann
Mr. Breton: Peter Tupou Yetta: Rebeca Sulek
Julio Carrillo Krystle Casey
      Jennifer Martin

Yuppies:  Jasmine Alvarez
  Marie Anello 
  Megan Boyle 
Veronica Davila
Matthew Davis
Julio Carrillo
Luvi Avendano
Serena Standley
Todd Montemayor
Bryan Plummer
  James Borsky 
Samantha York
Chip Gross
 Moosketeers: Emily McGowan 
Lindsey Nielsen
Tony Phonethibsavads
  Kevin Lopez 



Dancers:  Cher Anabo (Captain) 
  Landry Barb
  Sarah Beymer
  Emily Hazlett
Robyn O'Dell
Nathan Riley
Tracey Tom-Hoon
Musicians: Chung Shih Hoh (guqin)
Michael Raco-Rands (Electric Bass, Laptop)
  Marco Schindelmann (Laptop)
Vocals: Megan Boyle
Veronica Davila
Marco Schindelmann
  Serena Standley

Violin I: Pavel Farkas, Gerald Whitney, Todd Montemayor, Nori Crystal, Douglas Dickey  Bass: Jordan Robinson, Scott Stellar 
Flute: Elizabeth Jolly
Violin II: Casey Yoshitake, Elizabeth Hollis, Megan Linderman, Jameson Tucker, Lain Rubin, Paul Perthus Oboe: Ilana Cofield
Clarinet: Adrian Villicana
Viola: Lindsay McIntosh, Matthew O'Rane  Bassoon: Kevin Eberle
  Horn: Jens Hering
Cello: Daniel Muliken, Caitlyn Chenaulty, Craig Colclough Percussion: Ivan Aviles




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