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Séance on a Wet Afternoon
Stephen Schwartz
Stephen Schwartz was born in New York City on March 6, 1948. He studied piano and composition at the Juilliard School of Music while in high school and graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1968 with a B.F.A. in Drama. His first major credit was the title song for the play Butterflies are Free; the song was eventually used in the movie version as well.

In 1971, he wrote the music and new lyrics for Godspell, for which he won several awards including two Grammys. This was followed by the English texts, in collaboration with Leonard Bernstein, for Bernstein's Mass, which opened the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The following year, he wrote the music and lyrics for Pippin and two years later, The Magic Show. At one point, Godspell, Pippin, and The Magic Show were all running on Broadway simultaneously.

Other works as a composer and/or librettist include The Baker's Wife, followed by a musical version of Studs Terkel's Working, Captain Louie, Personals, Rags, Children of Eden. Film works include the Disney animated features Pocahontas, for which he received two Academy Awards and another Grammy, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He also provided songs for DreamWorks' first animated feature, The Prince of Egypt, for which he won another Academy Award for the song "When You Believe".

Mr. Schwartz's most recent musical, Wicked, opened in the fall of 2003 and is currently running on Broadway.
Stephen Schwartz
Scott Schwartz (Stage Director)
Valery Ryvkin (Conductor)
Heidi Ettinger (Scenic Designer)
David Lander (Lighting Designer)
Alejo Vietti (Costume Designer)
Matt Williams (Choreographer)
Michael Jackowitz (Executive Producer)
Lauren Flanigan (Myra)
Kim Josephson (Bill)
Hila Plitman (Mrs. Clayton)
John Kimberling (Mr. Clayton)
Craig Hart (Inspector Watts)
September 26, 2009
Opera Santa Barbara
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.
Myra (s)
Bill (bar)
Mrs. Clayton (s)
Mr. Clayton (t)
Craig Hart (b)
Not Available
Chorus (12-18 singers)
44-48 piece orchestra
Melodic, contemporary and moodily atmospheric
Steven Sharpe, Opera Santa Barbara
1330 State Street, Suite 209
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Schedule of Performances Listings
Séance on a Wet Afternoon (Schwartz)
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - New York City Opera
Séance on a Wet Afternoon (Schwartz)
Saturday, September 26, 2009 - Opera Santa Barbara
Séance on a Wet Afternoon (Schwartz)
Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - Seagle Music Colony
Séance on a Wet Afternoon (Schwartz)
- American Opera Projects

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