The Fat Lady Sang . . . . .
The 2006 retreat ended on a high note--literally. 'Til the Fat Lady Sings, a one act operetta by Carolyn Gage with original music by Andrea Jill Higgins, was given in a staged reading with two wonderful opera singers, Tamara Regensburger and Crystal Stabinow, directed by the Columbus classical music station's executive producer, Christopher Purdy. The reading attracted an audience of about 50, along with the ICWP retreat attendees. The play, which deals with a soprano about to undergo bariatric surgery over the protests of her partner, a mezzo, moved smartly and effectively. And the voices! An exciting end to a terrific week of writing and reading. Thanks to all the playwrights involved, along with our wonderful volunteer readers -- and singers!
Not going to start planning 2007 just yet. But that will come soon enough. First the Heckart Competition . . . .