This delightful, rarely produced opera by Lukas Foss has a band of devils, a dancing toy store, a singing mailbox, a fountain angel and stone lions that come to life. The director Linda Brovsky set it in New York City and asked me to dress the young devil Griffelkin (gorgeously sung by Anthony Roth Costanzo) and his cohorts in punk style. The singers at Manhattan School of Music were fearless about wearing the insane looks I dreamed up for them, and after working hard with our choreographer Tom Gold, they were dancing like they were on Broadway! The biggest thrill was when Lukas Foss and his family came to see the show opening night.
By Lukas Foss
Stage Director: Linda Brovsky • Conductor: Steven Osgood
Choreographer: Tom Gold
Set Design: Erhard Rom • Lighting Design: Peter West
Cast: Anthony Roth Costanzo, Margaret Peterson, Spencer Dorn, Kristin Dininno, Shelly Wade, Andrea Martin, Art Miller, Laura Bohn, Jazmina MacNeil, Scott England, Nicole Percifield, Katrina Saporsantos, Benjamin Bloomfield, Zach Altman, Michael Anchel, Shirin Eskandani, Robin Idestrom, Jaclyn Bermudez, Rashard Deleston, Deborah Rosengaus, Hwee Liang Tay, Madyson Page, Catherine Meyers, Karen Stansifer and Caroline Amaradio.
Photos: Carol Rosegg (backstage photos by C. Lafleche)