Westben presents the world premiere of a new opera by Brian Finley
The Pencil Salesman
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.
Saturday, July 2 at 2 pm
PRE-CONCERT CHAT at 1 pm with Composer Brian Finley
SPECIAL POST PERFORMANCE "CIRCLE UP" at 4:30 pm. An informal discussion with the cast of The Pencil Salesman and composer Brian Finley to discuss the opera. Free to all ticket holders.
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
All is rosy with Boris Ball. 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.
Westben presents the world premiere of a brand new opera composed by Brian Finley, based on an idea by Dr. Agnes M. Herzberg. Fully staged, with chamber orchestra
Watch for details about Connecting Through Song, a week including a Vocal Intensive with Michael Warren and workshops & seminars in conjunction with performances of The Pencil Salesman.
All prices include tax:
- $55 Adult
- $53 Senior
- $30 Student
- $5 Youth