drawing from the 1893 production

Jane Annie (2007)


On October 19, 2007, the Rockford Operetta Party gave the

North American premiere of this long-neglected opera. 

Written by J.M. Barrie and Conan Doyle and music by Ernest 

Ford in 1893, it was an immediate failure and lasted only 50 

performances before being sent on tour. Only one revival 

was known: a single performance at Poulton in 1984. And no recording of any part of the opera existed.

This production was an immense challenge to mount, but for 

the first time in the company's history, everyone who signed up for it stayed in the programme. This contributed greatly to the success of our production. Rehearsals were consistent, the talent was extremely high, the audiences enjoyed the performances and the new standards, and the enthusiasm of the cast was unprecedented. We also received recognition from the arts community of Rockford as we appeared on WTVO's Daybreak, and in the Rockford Register Star and the Belvidere Daily Republican. 

We gave two performances at Central Christian Church in 

Rockford, IL, on October 19-20 2007. A studio recording 

based on that production was completed, but due to 

complications, it has not received its final mixing, and thus, is not available for sale. However, some mp3 tracks can be 

found on this page.


Cast

The Proctor -- Scott Farrell

Tom -- Brian Tillery

Jack -- Clifton Coles

Caddie -- Michael Neumann

Jane Annie -- Caitlin Podemski

Babs -- Katie Ross

Miss Sims -- Vicki Marcum

Milly -- Sophia Araoz

Rose -- Jessica Brown

Meg -- Bethany Baumann

Piano -- Linda Smith

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