The Longfellow Chorus Revives Rice's Evangeline
Event Date: April 2, 2016
Posted: July 31, 2015
Location: Maine, USA
Choir type: Professional Choirs
The Longfellow Chorus will present a two-performance production of Edward E. Rice's 1875 burlesque, "Evangeline, or The Belle of Acadia," in John Ford Theatre, Portland, Maine, April 2 & 3, 2016. The production, in collaboration with Evangeline scholar Brian Valencia, will be the first in over a century. With Cree Carrico, soprano, as Evangeline; Kaitlyn Costello-Fain, mezzo-soprano, as Gabriel; Patrick Dailey, countertenor, as Catherine; Adam Cannedy, baritone, as Le Blanc; Victor Khodadad, tenor, as Captain Dietrich; and a list of talented supporting singing actors. This production is related to our March 21, 2015, "Music from 'The Gilded Age' – The Boston Theatre Orchestra Collection, 1867–1877" concert, during which Ms. Carrico and Ms. Costello-Fain sang the modern premier of George Wiegand's orchestral medley of Evangeline's popular hits, "Scenes from Rice's Evangeline (1877), along with songs, dances and novelties from Selwyn's and Globe Theatres in Boston, composed and orchestrated by Charles Koppitz (1830–1873). Charles Kaufmann, artistic director.