September 26, 2009 | Opera Santa Barbara
Séance on a Wet Afternoon
Composer:Stephen Schwartz
Librettist:Stephen Schwartz
Based on the novel by Mark McShane and the award- winning screen adaptation by Bryan Forbes,Séance on a wet afternoon is a psychological thriller about a medium, Myra Foster, her doting husband Bill and the spirit of their deceased eleven-year-old son, Arthur, who speaks to Myra and is her contact for her séances. Because Myra has never received the recognition she feels her gifts merit, they hatch a Plan: they will kidnap the daughter of a local wealthy industrialist and keep her safe while the media frenzy over her abduction builds. When Myra has a "vision" that leads to the successful recovery of the girl and the ransom, her fame will be assured. As The Plan is put into action, the girl's presence in the house leads to complex psychological responses from Myra, Bill and Arthur. The delicate balance of Myra and Bill's relationship and Myra's sanity itself begins to fray, as long-buried secrets are revealed. The Plan goes badly awry and in Myra's final séance, the drama comes to a devasting conclusion.

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New York City OperaSéance on a Wet Afternoon4/4/2011 - 4/30/2011
Opera Santa BarbaraSéance on a Wet Afternoon9/9/2009 - 10/10/2009
Seagle FestivalSéance on a Wet Afternoon7/7/2007 - 7/21/2007

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Musical Style
Melodic, contemporary and moodily atmospheric

Vocal & Musical Forces
7 principals, ensemble/chorus of 12-18, 44-48 piece orchestra

Original Cast
Lauren Flanigan (Myra)
Kim Josephson (Bill)
Hila Plitman (Mrs. Clayton)
John Kimberling (Mr. Clayton)
Craig Hart (Inspector Watts)

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