Souvenir

2012 Cabaret Production

A Play with Music by Stephen Temperley

Described as "a beguiling comic jewel with a heart," Souvenir presents the story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a wealthy society eccentric, who suffered under the delusion that she was a great coloratura soprano when she was in fact incapable of producing two consecutive notes in tune. Nevertheless, her annual recitals in a New York City hotel ballroom brought her extraordinary fame. As news of her terrible singing spread, so did her celebrity. Her growing mob of fans packed her recitals, stuffing handkerchiefs in their mouths to stifle their laughter: which Mrs. Jenkins blissfully mistook for cheers. The climax of her career was a single concert at Carnegie Hall in 1944. Souvenir, by turns hilarious and poignant, tells her story through the eyes of her accompanist, Cosme McMoon, who regards her at first as little more than an easy way to pay the rent. But, as he gets to know her, his initial contempt gives way to reluctant admiration, then friendship and affection. By the play's end, audiences will also have come to love and admire Florence. Directed by Camilla Upchurch.

Tickets are $17, $15 for students/seniors, $10 for children. Click here to purchase online.

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Cast

Cosme McMoon: John Phillips
Florence Foster Jenkins: Lori Ecker

Staff

Producer: Scott Hainey
Director: Camilla Upchurch
Assistant Director: Paul Nicely
Production Manager: Dana Flack
Stage Manager: Stacey Peterson Reynolds
Technical Director/Set Design/Decoration: Brenda Upchurch
Assistant Technical Director and Master Carpenter: Dave Rosencrans
Costume Designer: Susan Sanderock
Sound Designer: Zach Rosing
Lighting Designers: Carmen Upchurch and R. Kim Upchurch
Choreography Consultant: Martin Casanova
Properties Consultant: Carol Kirk
Light Board Operator: Michael Wadelton
Production Consultant: Marianne Malcolmson

Performances

January 6, 7, 13, 14, 15,
20, 21 and 22, 2012

Fridays & Saturdays: 8pm
Sundays: 2:30pm