This section carries news of other writing projects in which Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold is involved.
MSMT 60th Anniversary (tentative working title)
I have the pleasure of once again collaborating with MSMT ton a 60th anniversary project. W will create a video to be shown at the MSMT Exhibition planned for summer 2018. The video and exhibition will trace the history of the company on its diamond jubilee and highlight the first five years in the tenure of Artistic Director Curt Dale Clark and Managing Director Stephanie Dupal and chronicles the growth and vision of the company. I will be working with them and the communications staff at the theatre throughout the year beginning in December to film this project, which we hope to unveil in summer 2018.
Theatre Miniatures for Broadway World
I have proposed and the New York editors of BWW have agreed to my creating a series of 3-5 minute mini video profiles for serialization throughout late 2016-2017 on the Maine page. I will be filming actors and creatives who work in Maine theatre, asking them to answer the question What first hooked you on theatre? and shaping this into a video with clips from their career. The first of these on Curt Dale Clark appeared in October and received a great deal of positive attention. It was followed by a piece on Executive/Artistic Director of the Good theater, Brian P. Allen, and just recently by a film about Raymond Marc Dumont, actor, director, choreographer.
Many Voices, Many Steps, One Dream: The Intern Program at Maine State Music Theatre
The film is now complete and has been delivered to Broadway World and to Maine State Music Theatre. You can read the BWW article at http://www.broadwayworld.com/maine/article/BWW-Interview-Many-Voices-Many-Steps-One-Dream-The-Intern-Program-at-Maine-State-Music-Theatre-20150920 and watch the full video (18 minutes) on You Tube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oS0YKL2RvI
I have also posted eighteen other videos of my raw footage interviews on You Tube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHwT83xyxF56KxOtTobaRSg
This summer I had the privilege to follow the careers of twenty-three young theatre professionals who participated in the prestigious Maine State Music Theatre’s summer internships. I am currently assembling a short, fifteen-minute documentary film for MSMT’s use consisting of interviews, snippets of performances, and discussions with the artistic and creative teams at the theatre. The project will also eventually include a short version of the film for Broadway World, as well as a You Tube collection of the uncut interviews. I am deeply indebted to everyone at MSMT for their support of this project, especially Curt Dale Clark (Artistic Director), Stephanie Dupal (Managing Director), Carol Marquis (Director of Communications), ray Dumont (Director/Choreographer) and all the delightful and talented “kids” who participated! It has been an amazing adventure for me!
Adonias An Opera in Two Acts by Daniel Steven Crafts
Libretto by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold (based on the poetry and letter of John Keats and his circle)
This poetic story traces the last five years in the life of English Romantic poet John Keats, until his untimely death at the age of twenty-five of tuberculosis. Keats’ struggles to find his poetic voice, to establish his reputation as a writer, and and his tragically unconsummated love for Fannty Brawne are the stuff of operatic legend.
Daniel Steven Crafts has completed the score for chamber orchestra and starring tenor and mezzo-soprano in the leading roles. We are excited at the possibility of some performances of excerpts hopefully next year, as well as the plans for a recording of some excerpts from the opera in New York later this year.
MORE NEWS!! Daniel Steven Crafts is arranging for major scenes and arias to be recorded in December 2016 in a New York Studio. Mezzo-soprano Deborah DOmanski will sing the role of Fanny Brawne and tenor Brian Cheney will play John Keats. The score will be recorded in a piano-vocal format, and we hope to obtain some studio video as well to add to the live recordings of the May 6 Santa Fe performance. All these should prove valuable in finding underwriting for a full performance.
NEWS FLASH!!!! The New Mexico Bach Chorale under Franz Vote will perform choral excerpts from the opera plus “Bright Star” on May 6, 2017, at the Immaculate Conception Church in Santa Fe, NM.
Peter Hofmann: Remembering a Great Singer
Together with the tenor’s brother, Fritz Hofmann, Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold has created and helps maintain a site devoted to the memory and accomplishments of the late German singer, whose career spanned opera, musical, and pop. Visit the site at