Saturday, June 25, 2 pm
Pre-concert chat 1 hour before the performance!
Westben presents the world premiere of a new opera by Brian Finley
story, libretto & music by Brian Finley
inspired & commissioned by A.M. Herzberg
fully staged, in English with chamber orchestra
Connecting is as simple as letting go.
John Fanning – Boris
Donna Bennett – Rose
Alexander Dobson – The Pencil Salesman
Olivia Rapos – Violet
Virginia Hatfield – Daisy
Keith Klassen – Edward
Gabrielle Prata – Flo
Robert Longo – Aaron
Daniel Warren – Conductor
Michael Mori – stage direction
Caroline Langill & Gord Langill – stage & costume design Michael Morritt – videography
David Vanderlip – stage manager
Trish York – assistant stage manager
Andy Thomspon – sound design
Gord Reid – lighting design
The Story: All is rosy with Boris Ball. Or so it seems. The patriarch of a family of inventors, Boris lives blissfully in the past, in the beloved company of his wife Rose and his prize invention, the Personal Touch Typewriter. But ever cynical of the frenzied world of technological advancement swirling dizzily around him, Boris becomes increasingly oblivious to the challenges ripping his family apart. It is up to a wayward pencil salesman who draws him into the present by introducing him to someone he never knew: his own granddaughter. Is connecting really as simple as letting go?
Get the details on our Connecting Through Song Week including a Vocal Intensive with Michael Warren and workshops & seminars in conjunction with performances of The Pencil Salesman.