The Lamplighters Student Night at the opera Performance date is May 4th at 7:30 p.m.
Lamplighters Student Night at the Opera presents BY GEORGES! A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE LEGENDARY CHEVALIER DE SAINT-GEORGES: a world premiere operetta centering the untold story of one of the most important figures in classical music of the 18th century, a Black virtuoso violinist, composer, conductor, and renowned swordsman.
BY GEORGES! A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE LEGENDARY CHEVALIER DE SAINT-GEORGES
Music and Lyrics by Charles Vincent Burwell and James D. Sasser
Venue: Presidio Theatre Performing Arts Center, 99 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94129
Date & Time: May 4, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. with door opening at 6:30 – NO late seating.
Omari Tau (Chevalier de Saint-Georges), Martin T. Bell (Alexandre Dumas), Krista Wigle (Mme de Sac d’Argent), Amy Foote (Mlle de Pompeuse Blanche), Leslie Katter (Mlle Lilette Sauverfaire), Deborah Martínez Rosengaus (Marie Antoinette), Eric Mellum (Jean Un), Jonathan Spencer (Jean Deux)
Ensemble: Ronan Beltracchi, Natalie Buck-Bauer, Audrey Cartensen, Elena Cowan, Jayne Dilberto, Minju Jeong, Timothy Lynch, Michele Pavlova, Pete Shoemaker, Paul Zawilski
Dancers from Urban Jazz Dance Company
Conducted by: Mary Chun Directed by: Céline Ricci
Choreography: Antoine Hunter
“The Chevalier was an extraordinary figure — and the backend of his life was difficult. But speaking specifically as a person of African descent, I did not want to focus on that trauma — especially for a person that had so many triumphs. So now the triumph is, we are giving that legacy its due, hundreds of years later.”
By Georges! features a highly in-demand BIPOC creative team, including Charles Vincent Burwell, deaf choreographer Antoine Hunter and his mixed-hearing dancers from the Urban Jazz Dance Company, and music director Mary Chun.
Writing duo Burwell & Sasser of BOTTLE SHOCK! The Musical, bring a particular understanding to the similarities between the dynamic patter of Gilbert & Sullivan and the lyrical layers and wordplay traditions found in modern hip-hop. Charles Vincent Burwell is a Professor of Theatre at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and lyricist James D. Sasser brings a comprehensive star power to the work, having written award-winning pilots for television, as well as having appeared in co-starring roles in CBS’ The Good Fight and Madame Secretary.