18 July 2010
Summer Festival Time and the Livin' is Easy
Doug Nagel and friends provided late Sunday afternoon's entertainment with two delightful one-act operas. Early Sunday afternoon the Scarlets were playing baseball at Dehler Park, though they seemed a little sleepy for the first four innings.
William Mouat and Michelle Berger are Sam and Dinah and the chorus is Julius Head, Janie Rife, and Nate Liptac. They did this at the Babcock Theatre Saturday night and then again at United Methodist Church on Shiloh Sunday afternoon, both fairly intimate and well-suited settings for what turn out to be fairly low-key stories told operatically.
We have a lot of operatic talent here in Billings and elsewhere gathered together by Doug Nagel. Don't forget The Merry Widow, 25-26 September. Both Head and Rife will be singing in that production. And of course, Puccini's Tosca will be here 30 April and 1 May next year. Mouat will be Sacristan and Doug Nagel will be singing the part of Baron Scarpia. These should be very good.
Monday, 19 July 2010 UPDATE: The Scarlets did come alive soon after we left with a 10 run outburst in the 6th inning according to this morning's Gazette. Final score 14-10 Billings Scarlets over Helena Senators.