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.

highdesertopera.org 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.