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Britt Orchestra / Shakespeare and Song

Monday, August 8, 8 p.m.

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Britt Orchestra

Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) company members Kate Hurster, Jeremy Peter Johnson, Michael Sharon and Britney Simpson join the Britt Orchestra for a program that marries songs from recent OSF musicals with Shakespeare-inspired orchestral works by Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, William Walton and more. 

Program:
SULLIVAN: Overture from Macbeth
GILBERT/SULLIVAN: “’Tis Done! I am a Bride” from Yeoman of the Guard
STEPHEN SONDHEIM: “Giants in the Sky” from Into the Woods
BERLIOZ: Queen Mab Scherzo from Roméo et Juliette
RODGERS/HAMMERSTEIN: “This Nearly Was Mine” from South Pacific
BYRD (arr. Nico Muhly): Miserere Mei
WALTON: “Touch Her Soft Lips and Part” from Henry V
ARLEN/HARBURG: Somewhere Over the Rainbow
SMALLS: "Believe in Yourself" from The Wiz
DEBUSSY: Fanfare from King Lear
LOESSER: “Luck Be A Lady” from Guys and Dolls
STEPHEN SONDHEIM: “Moments in the Woods” from Into the Woods
TCHAIKOVSKY: Hamlet Overture
AGER/YELLEN: “Come On Get Happy/Happy Days”
RODGERS/HAMMERSTEIN: “Lonely Room” from Oklahoma!
STEPHEN SONDHEIM: “Pretty Women” from Sweeney Todd
WALTON: Prologue from Henry V
BERNSTEIN: “Make Our Garden Grow” from Candide

Unless otherwise noted, program notes are written by Mark Knippel.

SULLIVAN:
Overture from Macbeth

GILBERT/SULLIVAN:
“’Tis Done! I am a Bride” from Yeoman of the Guard
Featuring: Kate Hurster

STEPHEN SONDHEIM:
“Giants in the Sky” from Into the Woods
Featuring: Jeremy Peter Johnson

BERLIOZ:
Queen Mab Scherzo from Roméo et Juliette

RODGERS/HAMMERSTEIN:
“This Nearly Was Mine” from South Pacific
Featuring: Michael Sharon

BYRD (arr. Nico Muhly):
Miserere Mei


WALTON:
“Touch Her Soft Lips and Part” from Henry V
ARLEN/HARBURG:
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Featuring: Britney Simpson

SMALLS:
“Believe in Yourself” from The Wiz
Featuring: Britney Simpson

DEBUSSY:
Fanfare from King Lear

LOESSER:
“Luck Be A Lady” from Guys and Dolls
Featuring: Jeremy Peter Johnson

STEPHEN SONDHEIM:
“Moments in the Woods” from Into the Woods
Featuring: Kate Hurster

TCHAIKOVSKY:
Hamlet Overture AGER/YELLEN:
“Come On Get Happy/Happy Days”
Featuring: Kate Hurster & Britney Simpson

RODGERS/HAMMERSTEIN:
“Lonely Room” from Oklahoma!
Featuring: Michael Sharon

STEPHEN SONDHEIM:
“Pretty Women” from Sweeney Todd
Featuring: Jeremy Peter Johnson & Michael Sharon

WALTON:
Prologue from Henry V

BERNSTEIN:
“Make Our Garden Grow” from Candide
Featuring: All Four Performers

KATE HURSTER
Current OSF season: lsie and Ensemble in The Yeomen of the Guard; Bagot and Ensemble in Richard II.

In six seasons at OSF: of Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls; Yun in Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land; Ariel in The Tempest; Mrs. Murry in A Wrinkle in Time; Lady Anne in Richard III; Marion in The Heart of Robin Hood; Ghost of Imogen’s Mother in Cymbeline; Masha in Seagull; Joy in Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella; Princess of France in Love’s Labor’s Lost; Edith in The Pirates of Penzance; Ensemble in WillFul; Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice; and Third Customer, Caroler in She Loves Me. Regional: Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls (Wallis Annenberg); Hero in Mucho about Nothing (Shakespeare Theatre Company); Elinor Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility (Milwaukee Repertory Theater); Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker; Ghost of Christmas Past, Fred’s Wife in A Christmas Carol (Denver Center Theatre Company); Pooty in Reckless, Mildred in Ah, Wilderness! (Chautauqua Theater Company); Maria in Twelfth Night (Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival Young Company); Lady Anne in Richard III (Lantern Theater Company; 2006 Barrymore Award nominee).

Education: MFA, National Theatre Conservatory; BA, Swarthmore College. www.katehurster.com

JEREMY PETER JOHNSON
Current OSF season: Fairfax and Ensemble in The Yeomen of the Guard; Duke of Aumerle and Ensemble in Richard II.

In seven seasons at OSF: Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls; First Agent, First Jailer and Ensemble in The Count of Monte Cristo; Archbishop of York, Scrivener, Sir James Blunt, Ensemble in Richard III; Cinderella’s Prince, Voice of the Wolf in Into the Woods; Hortensio in The Taming of the Shrew; Harry, Lord Boxington, Ensemble in My Fair Lady; Doucet, Winston, Hennessey in Animal Crackers; The Prince in Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella; Jacey Squires, Traveling Salesman in The Music Man; Malcolm in Macbeth; Sam Craig, Man in the Audience in Our Town; Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors; Thomas Tracy in Tracy’s Tiger; Ariel’s Shadow in The Tempest.

Other theatres: New York: For the Love of Tiffany (New York Fringe Festival). Off-Broadway: Shakespeare’s R&J (John Houseman Studio Theatre), Before the Dawn (American Place Theatre). Regional: She Loves Me, Beyond Therapy (Westport Country Playhouse); Nothing Sacred (South Coast Repertory); The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 (Hilton Head Arts Center); The Glass Menagerie (Boston Court Theatre).

Film/TV: Las Vegas, All My Children, As the World Turns, Prison Song.

MICHAEL SHARON
Current OSF season: Shadbolt the Jailor and Ensemble in The Yeomen of the Guard; Thomas Mowbray, Bishop of Carlisle and Ensemble in Richard II.

In three seasons at OSF: Basilius in Head Over Heels; Fernand in The Count of Monte Cristo; Richard III; The Baltimore Waltz; Othello; As You Like It; Henry VI.

Other theatres: Off-Broadway: El Gallo in The Fantasticks (Jerry Orbach Theatre); The Most Happy Fella (NYCity Opera, Lincoln Center); Happy Hunting, Josephine’s Song (The York). Regional: Title roles in Macbeth (Los Angeles Theatre Center), Julius Caesar (Folger Theatre), Pericles (Connecticut Rep), and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (Bristol Riverside); Vronsky in Anna Karenina (Portland Center Stage); Emile DeBecque in South Pacific (Delaware Theatre Company); Mr. Knightley in Jane Austen’s Emma (Pioneer Theatre Company); Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music (Fulton Theatre, Maltz Jupiter Theatre; Broadway World, Carbonell Award nominations); Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, Twelfth Night (Shakespeare Theatre Company; Helen Hayes Award nomination); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coriolanus, Twelfth Night, Camelot, The Merchant of Venice, Johnny Guitar (Utah Shakespeare Festival); Actors Theatre of Louisville; Cincinnati Playhouse; Long Wharf; Goodspeed Opera House. International: Leontes in The Winter’s Tale (GBS Theatre, London).

Film/TV: Identical, According to Jim, Unforgettable.

Education: USC; RADA

BRITNEY SIMPSON
Current OSF season: Phœbe, Krazy Kate and Ensemble in The Yeomen of the Guard; Dorothy (Aug 18–Oct 15), Glinda (Jun 8–Aug 13) and Ensemble in The Wiz.

In two seasons at OSF: Hot Box Girl and Ensemble in Guys and Dolls; Mopsa in Head Over Heels. Understudy: Penelope Martin and Mrs. Potter in The Cocoanuts; Dr. Pinch, Luce, Emilia and Ensemble in The Comedy of Errors; Mrs. Whatsit and Ensemble in A Wrinkle in Time; Baker’s Wife, Cinderella’s Stepmother, Granny, Giant and Milky White in Into the Woods.

Other theatres: Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Myrtle Webb in Our Town, Grandma Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof (PCPA Theaterfest); Nina in S’Wonderful (Oregon Cabaret Theatre); Ensemble in Godspell, Domina in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Rizzo in Grease (Tillie Lewis Theatre).

Education: The Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts.

 

Guest Artists: Oregon Shakespeare Festival company members Kate Hurster, Jeremy Peter Johnson, Michael Sharon and Britney Simpson

OSF Company members

Kate Hurster
In six seasons at OSF: Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls; Yun in Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land; Ariel in The Tempest; Mrs. Murry in A Wrinkle in Time; Lady Anne in Richard III; Marion in The Heart of Robin Hood; Ghost of Imogen’s Mother in Cymbeline; Masha in Seagull; Joy in Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella; Princess of France in Love’s Labor’s Lost; Edith in The Pirates of Penzance; Ensemble in WillFul; Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice; Third Customer, Caroler in She Loves Me. Regional: Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls (Wallis Annenberg); Hero in Much Ado about Nothing (Shakespeare Theatre Company); Elinor Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility (Milwaukee Repertory Theater); Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker; Ghost of Christmas Past, Fred’s Wife in A Christmas Carol (Denver Center Theatre Company); Pooty in Reckless, Mildred in Ah, Wilderness! (Chautauqua Theater Company); Maria in Twelfth Night (Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival Young Company); Lady Anne in Richard III(Lantern Theater Company; 2006 Barrymore Award nominee). Education: MFA, National Theatre Conservatory; BA, Swarthmore College. www.katehurster.com

Jeremy Peter Johnson
Jeremy Peter Johnson has been in the Acting Company at Oregon Shakespeare Festival since 2007. Roles there include Guys and Dolls, Into the Woods, The Taming of the Shrew, Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella, The Music Man, Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors, Tracy’s Tiger, and this year’s productions of Richard II and The Yeomen of the Guard. He appeared off-Broadway in Shakespeare’s R&J and Before the Dawn. Regionally he appeared in She Loves Me and Beyond Therapy at Westport Country Playhouse, and Nothing Sacred at South Coast Repertory, among others. His TV credits include Las Vegas, All My Children, As the World Turns, and many commercials. He has directed several student theater productions and taught extensively for OSF’s Education Department and elsewhere.

Michael Sharon
Shadbolt and Ensemble in The Yeomen of the Guard; Thomas Mowbray, Bishop of Carlisle and Ensemble in Richard II In three seasons at OSF: Basilius in Head Over Heels; Fernand in The Count of Monte Cristo; Richard III; The Baltimore Waltz; Othello; As You Like It; Henry VI. Other theatres: Off-Broadway: El Gallo in The Fantasticks (Jerry Orbach Theatre); The Most Happy Fella (NYCity Opera, Lincoln Center); Happy Hunting, Josephine’s Song (The York). Regional: Title roles in Macbeth (Los Angeles Theatre Center), Julius Caesar (Folger Theatre), Pericles (Connecticut Rep), and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (Bristol Riverside); Vronsky in Anna Karenina (Portland Center Stage); Emile DeBecque in South Pacific (Delaware Theatre Company); Mr. Knightley in Jane Austen’s Emma (Pioneer Theatre Company); Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music (Fulton Theatre, Maltz Jupiter Theatre; Broadway World, Carbonell Award nominations); Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, Twelfth Night (Shakespeare Theatre Company; Helen Hayes Award nomination); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coriolanus, Twelfth Night, Camelot, The Merchant of Venice, Johnny Guitar (Utah Shakespeare Festival); Actors’ Theatre of Louisville; Cincinnati Playhouse; Long Wharf; Goodspeed Opera House. International: Leontes in The Winter’s Tale (GBS Theatre, London).
Film/TV: Identical, According to Jim, Unforgettable. Education: USC; RADA

Britney Simpson
Phœbe, Krazy Kate and Ensemble in The Yeomen of the Guard; Glinda in The Wiz In two seasons at OSF: Hot Box Girl and Ensemble in Guys and Dolls; Mopsa in Head Over Heels. Understudy: Penelope Martin and Mrs. Potter in The Cocoanuts; Dr. Pinch, Luce, Emilia and Ensemble in The Comedy of Errors; Mrs. Whatsit and Ensemble in A Wrinkle in Time; Baker’s Wife, Cinderella’s Stepmother, Granny, Giant and Milky White in Into the Woods. Other theatres: Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Myrtle Webb in Our Town, Grandma Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof (PCPA Theaterfest); Nina in S’Wonderful (Oregon Cabaret Theatre); Ensemble in Godspell, Domina in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Rizzo in Grease (Tillie Lewis Theatre).
Education: The Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts.

For more information about the soloists
Oregon Shakespeare Festival website
Kate Hurster website


Pre-concert music: Cedric Lamar

Begins in the Britt Performance Garden at 6:00 p.m.

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