Monday, November 22, 2010

Ticket Sales for New Year's Eve

We are hearing that everyone is excited about our performance of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music."

Tickets sales for our New Year's Eve performance are going well. We have only a few tickets left in our $39 section. The best seats are selling fast.

It seems that the community members on the Western Slope are finding an alternative way to celebrate New Year's Eve!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Publicity crunch time!

It's coming down to the wire to get all the odds and ends together for publicity for our upcoming show. News paper ads and posters are at the top of the list. Then it's working on television.

Graphics decisions were made months ago. Now it's re-editing the information of copy where it's changed and getting it to the printer and publisher.

Friday, October 29, 2010

It's great to see our patron mailing list growing!

The last of the new address were added to our mailing list today. It's amazing how long it takes to compare names to the current list and then input the information. Next will be the email list. It is interesting to see how many patrons still prefer mail. It is pleasant to get positive pieces of mail in the mail box.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Going with the flow

It's uncanny how things seem to workout when you relax and go with the flow. Issues with graphics while ordering our postcards worked out for the best. During that time period HDO found it necessary to change its performance schedule. If the graphics would have worked we would have the wrong information on them. Serendipity... have to love it!

Monday, October 18, 2010

"The Sound of Music" is HDO's first all female chorus

The chorus has a large range of ages. There are teenagers to Great Grandmothers cast as Nuns, Novices & Postulants.

Chorus member in a HDO production learn their music on an honor system with rehearsals for an hour every Saturday starting about 4 months prior to the show. The rehearsal schedule becomes intense about two weeks prior to opening night.

HDO has found that this method works well for our chorus. It allows people with school and work schedules to be apart of our shows.

Friday, October 15, 2010

"The Sound of Music" is locally cast!

Our new Year's Eve production of "The Sound of Music" is creating a buzz. It is completely locally cast.

It seems that many in the community are excited about being part of the performance. Plus HDO is hearing that there is just as much excitement about attending the show as well.

HDO chose this production at the suggestion of it's patrons. It is a favorite Rogers & Hammerstein's musical.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

What does it take to put on a production?

High Desert Opera begins its planning process about 6 months prior to the performance. Some of the first areas to be worked on are; music orchestrations are written to fit our smaller orchestra, graphic design concepts for all publicity pieces, set design and a costumer is chosen.

Meetings are scheduled to bring together each area to create a cohesive visual concept for set design and costume plot. These are the basics. There is so much more to do to bring the finished production to our audience.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Increased use of color in publicity print items

HDO is working to increase the use of color in their publicity items for each show. The understanding is it will cause the public to notice our advertising at public venues. One challenge is finding graphics that will also work in grayscale for the few items that we still choose not to use color on.

It has been good to see progress in the quality of our publicity.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Would you like to be a supernumerary?

The definition of a supernumerary is - a person who appears in a play or film without speaking lines or as part of a crowd; walk-on; extra.

High Desert Opera is looking for several men to be in our show for New Year's Eve. We need them for partners at the ball and as performers for the festival talent contest (you'll simply need to accept an award!)

They will be part of the show with out having a large time commitment. It's fun and easy. If you're interested contact us at or call (970) 523-9605.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

A "Christmas Classic Concert" in December 2010

A committee of HDO Board Members is organizing our concert series fund raiser. December 2009 HDO held its first "Classic Christmas Concert" at Grand Junction's First United Methodist Church.

The acoustics are wonderful in the sanctuary. Those who attended were treated to a variety of music from Christmas carols to favorite holiday songs. The vocalists and musicians volunteer their time and talent for this fund raiser. The money raised supports HDO's biannual productions.

Join us in a new holiday tradition. With reasonably priced tickets, the whole family can attend.

Watch our website for details.

Monday, September 27, 2010

It's the 45th Anniversary of "The Sound of Music"

Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer will be joining their seven fictional children October 29 on "The Oprah Winfrey Show." It is reported that some of the real von Trapp children, who travel the world performing songs made famous by the movie, will also appear and pay tribute to the film on the TV show.

(reported by Reuters)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Searching for costumes at MSC

Penny, HDO's Costumer, spent part of the afternoon at the Mesa State College (MSC) costume department. The costume selection is extensive. The experience is fun. It's a treasure hunt.

It appears that many MSC costumes will be used in our production of The Sound of Music. By using MSC's costumes, we keep our funds in the local economy.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Props can be found just about anywhere...

Garage sale finds fill in the prop list. Over the weekend two more prop pieces are checked off the list. It's amazing how people love to help HDO with props and set pieces. Borrowing or reducing the price everything helps us stay on budget. Thanks!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Continuing kudo's for "The Mikado"

It has been over two months now and we are still receiving compliments on our summer production of The Mikado. The comments include; the cast, the set design, costumes and the interjection of current affairs that adds to the humor of the show.

Most recently our Dinner and an Opera Reservationist , Melinda reported that a patron that she spoke with really enjoyed the show and how wonderful it was that HDO was willing to bring our show to Montrose.

Positive comments have been received weekly. It is very encouraging to know that the Western Slope is enjoying our productions. It is important for our organizations growth to continue to build our audience and their support.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Graphic concept for "The Sound of Music"

HDO is working on its graphic concept for our New Year's Eve performance of "The Sound of Music." The final design will be used for all forms of promotional materials.

The final graphic needs to translate well in both black & white as well as full color. Simple designs translate best. The designers idea that "less is more" works for our current needs. The final graphic choice will be used on our program, postcards, leaflets, flyers, posters, newspaper ads and potentially used in a television ad.

As HDO grows, we move towards using color in more of our promotional materials.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Interest in the HDO production of "The Sound of Music" ...

...Is growing. Many patrons who have received our "Mark your calendar" email have voiced their excitement. Tickets will go on sale for the general public November 15th. It is reserved seating for all performances.

Tickets to "The Sound of Music" make great holiday gifts! Purchase your tickets early for the best seat selection.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

High Desert Opera is on Youtube!

Check it out! Our videographer from Practically Righteous Studios has been down loading videos of our productions for several years now. There are videos that include our New Year's Eve Gala shows to our summer production of Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Mikado." You can simply type in High Desert Opera once you're at Youtube and see our selection of videos.

If you love what you see, DVDs are available of eight different performances at our website. You can choose from several HDO New Year's Eve Galas to "Tosca" or (coming soon!) our most recent production of "The Mikado."

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Program Advertising

Advertising is one way that business can support High Desert Opera. Local business owners are able to support our efforts and at the same time promote their business to our patrons.

Our program is currently in black and white which keeps costs for an ad very reasonable. If you or someone you know would like to advertise in our 2010 New Year's Eve program for "The Sound of Music" please have them contact us by email or phone. or 970.523.9605

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Announcement - the 2010 New Year's Eve performance is...

Rogers & Hammerstein's The Sound of Music. We will open our production on December 31st at the Grand Junction Avalon Theatre. With encore performances planned for the first week of January 2011. We are working to finalize those dates and locations.

As you know we would like to continue to bring our productions to the Montrose Pavilion. It is a great venue. Plus the Montrose communities show of support (shown by their attendance) is growing.

Monday, September 13, 2010

"Annul Fund" Donation Drive

HDO is gearing up for it's "Annual Fund" donation drive. Your donations are a large part of our organizations funding. Tickets sales usually account for only about half of the funds needed to create our performances.

As a non-profit organization, we depend on your willingness to support our efforts to bring live opera and musical stage productions to the Western Slope of Colorado. These productions, that you attend, provide an opportunity for over 70 talented local vocalists, musicians and dancers to perform together.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Growth on the Western Slope

Looking towards the future, High Desert Opera would like to have a Summer Opera Festival. One small step in that direction is that HDO has added a third performance in Montrose. With the support of both the Montrose Arts Council and the Magic Circle Players as sponsors, HDO have performed at the Montrose Pavilion two of Gilbert & Sullivan's operas. With the 2009 performance of The Sorcerer and this summers production of The Mikado.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

High Desert Opera works to keep it local

With each production High Desert Opera (HDO) efforts to use Western Slope resources. Our orchestra is filled with local musicians. Many are members of the Grand Junction Symphony. Scott Betts, a District 51 music teacher, is our conductor.

We seek to be an inclusive organization. Students from the Grand Junction Academy of Dance and the Institute of Dancing Arts have brought their enthusiasim to our productions. Vocalists from the Western Slope have performed in our productions for eight years. With guest performers from Maryland to California.

Mesa State College's Theatre Department works with our costumer to provide many of the costumes used in our productions. The summer production of "The Mikado" was filled with costumes designed and created by MSC's Heather Waggoner.

Our sets and props are designed by Marnie & James Werner. Many volunteers assist in the building process. It is often the details that that make a difference. The ambiance on stage is often completed by items lent to us from local business and individuals.

We effort to keep our funds circulating locally.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

2010 New Year's Eve production

Auditions are complete and the cast is being chosen. New Year's Eve will be the opening performnace of a classical favorite from Rogers & Hammerstein at Grand Junctions historic Avalon Theatre. Completely cast with local vocal and orchestra talent!

Once Royalty Rights are completed we will be able to announce the name of the show.

Set design & costume plots are in the works as the production team gears up to make the show a reality. As a Non-profit we have many volunteers behind the scenes. Their help is greatly appreciated.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Summer production of G & S's "The Mikado"

High Desert Opera's performance of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado In July is still receiving positive praise from community members.

"A friend of mine, in fact, said it was better than many Broadway Productions."
Lorraine B.

"The Mikado was great; costumes were wonderful; it was cast well and the 'updating' was fun."
Lynn V.

"What a wonderful performance! The High Desert Opera out of Grand Junction presented a delightful performance at the (Montrose) Pavilion...The Mikado was presented in al its glory..."
Tricia & Ted D.