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2008
Amadeus

By Peter Shaffer
Directed by James Dunn

Mozart and Constanze

Producer’s Perspective:

Robert Currier had been thinking about producing Amadeus for years. We’d considered various actors to play the lead roles. We’d thought about doing the play outdoors without elaborate sets (but with elaborate costumes.) The big motivation to choose the play for the 2008 season was the 2007 cast parties, where a lanky Bill Elsman was wont to amuse the rest of us with his impersonation of a clueless young actress named Wendy alternating with chunks of Salieri. Bill had played the envious composer at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. When we considered that another of “our” actors, Drew Hirshfield, had played Mozart recently – our then Administrative Assistant Elias Escobedo had been to see the production – at the Wilma in Philadelphia, we realized we might be able to put together an incredibly talented and experienced duo to helm this fabulous play about these two amazing men and their music.



 

 

As is not always the case, the pieces of the puzzle fell beautifully into place. Drew was happy to come back from the East Coast for the production, given that it closed just a week prior to his planned Northern California wedding. A gutsy Elise Youssef won the role of Constanze, appearing at our general auditions, and winning us over with her talent and personality. The ever reliable Jim Dunn was thrilled to direct, and the supporting roles were easily filled by actors mainly from The Winter’s Tale company.



One of our favorite scenes – among many – was the flirtatious coupling of Salieri with his student, Katherina Cavalieri, a line-less role played by Alexandra Matthew, who was also our Hermione. We enjoyed knowing that the two actors were indeed an offstage couple as well as an onstage pair, having met at one of those aforementioned cast parties the year before. A month after the 2008 season ended, Bill proposed to Alexandra – life imitating art again!

 


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Cast and Production Staff

 

THE CAST

Antonio Salieri - William Elsman*
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Drew Hirshfield*
Constanze Weber – Elise Youssef
Venticello - Rafael Untalan*
Venticello - Mark Robinson
Johann Kilian von Strack - Jerry Hoffman*
Count Orsini-Rosenberg - Scott Coopwood*
Emperor Joseph II - George Maguire*
Baron von Swieten – Stephen Dietz
Katherina Cavalieri - Alexandra Matthew*
Teresa Salieri - Celia Madeoy*
Salieri’s Valet – Steven Scot Bono
Salieri’s Cook – Sam Leichter
Servants – Kathleen Brower and
Rebecca Michelle David

PRODUCTION STAFF

Artistic Director – Robert S. Currier
Producer – Lesley Schisgall Currier
Costume Design – Patricia Polen
Lighting Design – Ellen Brooks
Movement – Cynthia Pepper
Props Design – Joel Eis
Set Design – Bruce Lackovic
Sound Design – Billie Cox
Stage Manager – Danielle Thomsen*
Assistant Stage Manager – Siri Olson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Member of Actor's Equity Association


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