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Following up on their acclaimed production of Evita last fall, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) musical theatre students continue to showcase the work of musical theatre’s greatest composers with Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning A Little Night Music. The show runs from February 3-5 in the intimate setting of the Cohen Family Studio Theatre in CCM Village. Guest artist Kimberly Daniel de Acha, who joined CCM in 2010 as an adjunct associate professor of voice, will perform in the show directed by Steven Goldstein. Anthony DeAngelis serves as musical director. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets will become available on Monday, January 31 at noon – please contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order. Learn more about the production after the jump!

Based on Ingmar Bergman’s Smiles of a Summer Night, Sondheim’s A Little Night Music is set at a country house in Sweden at the turn of the century. Impossible liaisons and long-simmering passions come to light as the sun steadfastly refuses to set and the night smiles three times: once for the lovers, once for the dreamers and once for the fools. Witty and urbane, A Little Night Music fully captures the intricacies of love’s endless possibilities in haunting three-quarter time.

The production of Sondheim’s A Little Night Music comes on the heels of the legendary American composer and lyricist’s 80th birthday last March 22, in which celebrations of his birthday continued through much of 2010.

Director Steven Goldstein recognizes the unique opportunity the students in A Little Night Music have. Goldstein explains, “Even though I think that the students here can do or play anything, I thought that it would be great to have someone with real world experience in the role of the older worldly Madam Armfeldt (Kimberly Daniel de Acha). It has been great for the students as I think having someone in the cast who has really been out there makes them hold themselves to even higher standard and brings a sense of professionalism to the whole affair.” In addition, the musical itself provides a challenge. “I think this is a particularly good show for the students here. Night Music is such a brilliant piece that I think the students will be left feeling, ‘I did it!  And it was so much fun!’ Every role is demanding and gratifying in the end,” states Goldstein.

About Kimberly Daniel de Acha
Kimberly Daniel de Acha has performed in opera, concert, oratorio, recital, musical theatre, theatre and television. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from CCM and a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory. Daniel de Acha has performed with Yale Repertory Theater, Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts, International Bach Society Concerts at Lincoln Center, New York Philharmonic, Cincinnati’s Pro-Musica Antigua, National Symphony Orchestra, Harvard University and Sanders Theater Concerts at Harvard University, and Northshore Music Theatre.

In l986 she, together with her husband Rafael de Acha, co-founded New Theatre in Coral Gables, recognized for over a decade as “One of the 50 Best Theaters in America,” by the New York Drama Guild. By 2006, New Theatre had produced and staged more than 150 productions, with over 50 world premieres, including Ana in the Tropics (Pulitzer Prize for Drama 2003, Steinberg/ATCA Award for Drama 2003, and Tony nomination for Best New Play, following the Broadway production, 2004). Daniel de Acha’s honors and awards include: National First Place Award from the National Federation of Music Clubs, the Ethan Ayer Award, First Place Winner of the Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions and A Kathryn Long Fellowship Award from the Metropolitan Opera, among many others.

A Little Night Music Cast List:

Fredrik – Joe Chisholm
Anne – Julie Kavanagh
Henrik – Nick Laughlin
Petra – Katie Johannigman
Madame Armfeldt – Kimberly De Acha
Desiree – Carlyn Connelly
Fredrika – Hannah Freeman
Carl-Magnus Malcolm – John Riddle
Charlotte Malcolm – Michelle Berkowitz
Mr. Erlanson – Lee Slobotkin
Mrs. Nordstrom – Lauren Roesner
Mrs. Anderssen – Kate McMillan
Mrs. Segstrom – Michelle Rombola
Mr. Lindquist/Frid – Matt Amira

University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
STUDIO MUSICAL THEATRE SERIES

A Little Night Music
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Steven Goldstein, director
Anthony DeAngelis, musical director

Performance Dates:

February 3-5, 2011

  • Thursday, February 3 at 8 p.m.
  • Friday, February 4 at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 5 at 2:30 & 8 p.m.

Location:
Cohen Family Studio Theater
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

Admission:
Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets will become available on Monday, January 31 at noon – please contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

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