Miles away in Florida and wishing I could be at the Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, NY. Why? Lisa Vroman is headlining the Cole Porter production of Kiss Me, Kate. From what I see on the web site (http://www.glimmerglass.org/operas/porter.html), several dates are now sold out, so she must be doing something right. Or, maybe I should not attribute it only to her. But, since she headlined at several of our concerts of the Choral Society of the Palm Beaches (PBCC, Eissey Campus Theatre) and at a benefit concert here in Palm Beach County for a soldier’s family who lost their father in Afghanistan, I am inclined to say some good things about her – even if I cannot be at a performance this summer in Upstate NY.
While I don’t know Lisa very well, we attended Crane School of Music and I had the opportunity to play in the opera orchestra while she was on stage there. We also participated in several “student-produced” stage productions at Crane School of Music.
On Broadway, I saw her perform the role of Christine in The Phantom of the Opera. She invited me and my guest backstage to meet the other actors and actresses. I stood on the Broadway stage! Thank you, Lisa! It was a great experience in New York City!
So, I encourage all those in Upstate New York and those visiting there to go see an Upstate New York girl perform in Kiss Me, Kate at the Glimmerglass! Before the end of the season (August 23).