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.