Get Stuffed
Composer: Richard Payne
Composer Bio: Richard Payne immigrated to Canada from California as a classical guitar instructor in 1970. He earned his Master of Music degree in composition from the University of British Columbia and was a participant composer with the Banff Centre’s first Music Theatre Studio Ensemble, setting Tom Cone’s There and receiving a commission for The Minotaur to a Leofwin Luke text. His children’s opera I am Hungry received its concert premiere in Victoria in 2001. Other works include BinocularsPacific Lines and Reel Music for the Victoria Symphony, Blue Corona for the Corona Guitar Quartet, Akimbo for the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Con Ver Sing for bassist Gary Karr and guitarist Kazuhito Yamashita at the Yatsugatake International Music Day Festival, Sun for the Phoenix Chamber Choir, Chushingura for Michael Strutt, and pieces for other chamber ensembles as well as scores for CBC, NFB and independent producers. His studies of traditional Japanese music and theatre, including an invitation to study at the Imperial Palace School of Music, are reflected in his Pacificthemed stage and concert works. Richard resides in Toronto where he teaches creative music making and guitar, while continuing to compose for concert, stage and electronic media.
Librettist: Alexis Diamond
Librettist Bio: Alexis Diamond is a playwright and librettist based in Montreal. Most recently, her one-act opera The Perfect Screw, created with composer Abigail Richardson, was produced by Tapestry for its annual Opera to Go showcase at the Enwave Theatre, Harbourfront (Toronto) in March 2009. Previous operas include Enid and the Swans, an adaptation of The Ugly Duckling, with composer James Rolfe for Soundstreams and the Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus and The Two Graces with composer Sean Ferguson for Tapestry’s Opera to Go in 2004. Alexis won the 2008 Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition for her play Strange Land, which will receive a reading in Toronto in Fall 2009. Recipient of a Canadian Opera Creation Program Fellowship and a Leighton Studio Residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Alexis received an IPOLC grant from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Canadian Heritage to develop Ride, a musical for children, with composer Nick Carpenter and percussionist Kristie Ibrahim. As a member of the Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal playwrights’ unit, Alexis has been working on her new play, Angel’s Share. In her spare time, Alexis works as a translator and editor. Alexis has a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Concordia University and an M.A. in English Literature from the Université de Montréal. She served as president of Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal for five years.
Other Artistic Personnel: Emma Tibaldo (Stage Director)
Original Cast: Christopher Ryan (Zach)
Christopher Mayell (Student, Sous Chef, Carrot, Cheeseburger)
Lisa Di Maria (Teacher, The New Chef, Miss Apple)
Catharin Carew (Student, Miss French Fry)
Justin Welsh (Student, Sous Chef, Broccoli, Big Cheese)
Lizzie Lavado (Piano)
Ed Squires (Percussion)
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Premiere Date: October 17, 2008
Producing Company: Tapestry New Opera Works
Description: Set in the school cafeteria, Get Stuffed is a comic opera about serious decisions. The production features vocalizing vegetables along with a big helping of other opinionated edible characters, all competing to influence one child’s daily diet.
Comments: Get Stuffed is a unique project developed in association with the Canadian Diabetes Association with multi-year funding support from The Ontario Trillium Foundation for province-wide touring, as well as funding from the Ministry of Health Promotion and Ontario Agri-Food Education Inc – Healthy Eating Program & Loblaws Canada.
Length: Length is not available.
Total Acts: Not Available
Orchestration: Piano, Percussion
Contact: Tapestry New Opera Works
Address: 55 Mill Street, Bldg #58
The Cannery, Studio 316
Toronto, ON M5A 3C4
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Phone: 416.537.6066
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