ArtisTree's Music Theatre Festival Presents: Souvenir
by Stephen Temperley
Dubbed by her critics as the "Dire Diva of Din," passionate music lover and wealthy socialite, Florence Foster Jenkins enjoyed a remarkably successful concert career even though she was unburdened by talent and deliriously tone deaf.
Her story is told through the eyes of her pianist, Cosme McMoon. A truly talented musician, he regards her at first as a little more than an easy way to pay the rent, but his initial contempt gives way to reluctant admiration, then friendship and a unique kind of love.
Their bizarre partnership yielded off-key recitals that earned them standing ovations and cultish fame-culminating in a sold-out performance at Carnegie Hall.
Get to know this epic musical odd-couple in Souvenir, a tuneful comedy which beguiles the hopeful artist that lives in us all.
Florence Foster Jenkins true story was recently told in the Oscar nominated film starring Meryl Streep.
Directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill; Starring Georga Osborne as Florence Foster Jenkins.
SOUVENIR runs August 29-September 14, 2019 at the Grange Theatre in South Pomfret, VT.
SOUVENIR: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
About the ArtisTree Music Theatre Festival:
The ArtisTree Music Theatre Festival offers a season of live, professional musical theatre productions that run from August to October each year. Our Festival is modeled after the “summer stock” tradition of staging shows: we use a resident company of actors and artists to create a series of musicals, with an all-new production presented every few weeks across our three-month season.
The actors, designers, technicians, and musicians of the ArtisTree Music Theatre Festival come from all over the United States. They hold degrees in theatre, and while some of our guest stars are veterans of the Broadway stage, many others are just beginning their professional careers. The Festival offers them a variety of diverse, legitimate credits for their resumes; most of our actors and directors are transplants to New York City, where the theatre action is.
Our creative team is led by festival artistic director, Josh D. Smith. Last year, he and his staff sorted through nearly 800 applications, headshots, and résumés; conducted interviews; and held auditions both locally and in New York City to assemble the finest amalgam of artists we could provide for our premier season.
For our 2017 inaugural repertoire, we presented the very popular Always…Patsy Cline, Godspell, and The Marvelous Wonderettes. Feedback from the community about the quality of the productions -- and what was seen as an exemplary use of the historic Grange Theatre -- has enabled us to return with a very exciting second season.
We also are very pleased to announce a 2018 partnership with Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. While we worked with AEA last season under a specific Guest Artist contract, our ongoing association with them enables the festival to be recognized as a Small Professional Theatre (SPT). This allows us to employ more seasoned professionals alongside up-and-coming young artists. Starting next season, we also will be able to provide Equity Membership Candidate (EMC) points, helping to further the professional theatre careers of aspiring newcomers.
For information on casting, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Both food and drink are allowed in the theatre during performances.