Sugar Creek Symphony & Song

Puccini Tosca

Love & Jealousy. Politics & Murder. Fiery & Passionate. Puccini’s opera tells of the tale of the singer Tosca, the painter she is in love with, and the police chief who wants her for himself. Everything is driven by love - of others, of country, and of power in this lightly staged production that will feature talented guests artists and our Symphony Chorus as they bring this story of longing and destruction to life.

Valentine's Day 2014 marks another role debut ​​for Helen Todd with Tosca in concert with the Northwest Indiana Symphony under the baton of Kirk Muspratt. Tenor, Dominic Armstrong sings Cavaradossi. Ms. Todd looks forward to adding yet another new Puccini role to her repertoire.

The Details:
Friday, February 14, 2014
6:15 pm Pre-Concert Talk
7:30 pm Concert
The Auditorium at Bethel Church
(On Broadway, south of US 30 in Crown Point)

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Sugar Creek Symphony & Song is pleased to announce the Mainstage production for our 2013 season is the American opera, Cold Sassy Tree, composed by Carlisle Floyd.

Kyle Albertson
Rucker Lattimore

Helen Todd
Love Simpson

Daniel Shirley
Will Tweedy

Joe Mechavich


Jeffrey Buchman

Stage Director

By arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., publisher and copyright owner.

Performed in English, Cold Sassy Tree is an opera for all people and all ages. This was Mr. Floyd’s first comedic opera. The music is beautiful and melodic. The story is filled with romance, scandal, and vivid, rich characters.

Cold Sassy Tree is set in the fictional town of Cold Sassy, Georgia and adapted from the 1984 best-selling novel of the same name. It is the story of a hardheaded old widower, Ruker Lattimore, who scandalizes the inhabitants of his turn-of-the-century Georgia town by marrying Miss Love Simpson, a young employee in his general store, just three weeks after the death of his first wife.

Cold Sassy Tree is about American attitudes, characters and the joy of language with underlying themes of the amazing capacity for change and growth humans possess and the healing, transforming power of love. Reviewers agree that the music is about expressive clarity, lyricism and the value of song.

Carlisle Floyd is one of the foremost composers and librettists of opera in the United States today. The world premiere of Cold Sassy Tree was on April 14, 2000 at the Houston Grand Opera. This was Mr. Floyd’s tenth opera and his first comic opera. Mr. Floyd was among the first class of National Endowment for the Arts Opera Honorees in 2008.

Starring: Kyle Albertson, Helen Todd, Daniel Shirley, Rochelle Bard, Julia Snowden, Cindy Sadler
Joe Mechavich (conductor), and Jeffrey Buchman (stage director)

Cold Sassy Tree

Insight into the Opera
General Director, Helen Todd and three other members of the talented cast discussed the 2012 festival on the July 30, 2012 episode of Live and Local with Kevin Kelly, WILL 90.9 FM in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.
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Sugar Creek Symphony and Song
American Tapestry: Scenes from Opera
Sunday, August 4, 2013 3:00pm

Susannah by Carlisle Floyd
Susannah: Kelsey Boesche
Little Bat: Kyle Berkley
Sam: Dane Thomas

Of Mice and Men by Carlisle Floyd
Lennie: Dane Thomas
George: Andrew Hiers
Curley's Wife: Jennifer Sgroe

Vanessa by Samuel Barber
Erika: Jilian McGreene
Baroness: Lauren Auge

Street Scene by Kurt Weill
Harry Easter: Timothy Bostwick
Rose Maurrant: Jessica E. Jones
Lippo Fiorentino: Jeremy Ayres Fisher
Mrs. Fiorentino. : Jessica E. Jones
Olga Olsen: Jilian McGreene
George Jones: Andrew Paulson
Carl Olsen: Timothy Bostwick
Henry Davis: Kyle Berkley

The Consul by Gian Carlo Menotti
Magda Sorel: Elizabeth Thompson
John Sorel: Johnny Boehlefeld
Mother: Lauren Auge

Grapes of Wrath by Ricky Ian Gordon
Connie Rivers: Andrew Paulson
Rosasharn: Jessica Jane Jacobs
Tom Joad: Johnny Boehlefeld
Ma Joad: Elyse Mendelson

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In the meantime, we invite you to browse through our website to learn more about us and our 10th Anniversary, 2012 Season including the world-class cast and production team we were honored to work with.

Our Past Seasons
I pagliacci
I pagliacci (2009)
cast | photos | video

Tender Land
The Tender Land (2009)
cast | photos
Elixir of Love
L'elisir d'amore (2008)
cast | photos | video

Other Past Seasons:
Il barbiere di Siviglia (2010)
Le nozze di Figaro
La traviata
(2007) (cast)
Mozart and Verdi Concerts (2006) (cast)
La Cenerentola (2005) (cast)
Roméo et Juliette (2004) (cast | pics)
La bohème (2003) (cast)