April 9, 1994
Floyd Collins
Composer:Adam Guettel
Librettist:Adam GuettelTina Landau
The opera tells the story of Floyd Collins, who became trapped in a cave on January 30, 1925 while exploring an underground cavern in Barren County, KY. Pinned by a fallen rock, he was still able to communicate with the outside world. A cub reporter from the Louisville Courier-Journal climbed down and interviewed Collins, making the trapped man an instant celebrity and drawing as many as 20,000 curiosity seekers to the cave. Collins died after two weeks underground.

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Skylight Music TheatreFloyd Collins9/9/2000 - 10/10/2000

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Opera for a New America 1994
Opera for a New America 1991

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Musical Style
Banjo and fiddle bluegrass music, winding vocal lines, dense chromatic harmonies, dissonant ostinatos, popular, tonal melodies

Vocal & Musical Forces
dancers; 16 singers, including leads and secondary roles encompassing small parts and ensemble work; chorus of approximately 14.; Piano, violin (fiddle), harmonica, cello, guitar/banjo, bass, percussion, viola/violin

Original Cast
Steven Lee Anderson (Johnnie Gerald)
Trent Bright (Dr. Hazlett/Reporter/Everett Maddox)
Scott Coulter (Reporter/Columbus Maddox)
Jason Danieley (Homer Collins)
Kent Faulcon (Cliff Roney/Reporter/Jeremiah Bishop)
Michael Malone (Reporter/Jewell Estes)
Theresa McCarthy (Nellie Collins)
Martin Moran (Skeets Miller)
Jim Morlino (Floyd Collins)
Mary Beth Peil (Miss Jane)
Nick Plakias (Lee Collins)
James Pringle (General Denhardt/Charley Man)
Steven Skybell (H.T. Carmichael/Local)
Scott Wakefield (Bee Doyle)

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