Sugar Creek Symphony & Song

Sugar Creek Presents Opera Idol Hosted by Nick Veronda

Reserve your judge's seat for Sugar Creek's first ever Opera Idol!

The cheap binary options trading evening will begin with a preview of the Puccini operas that will be presented this summer: Madame Butterfly, Johnny Skeekee and Sister Angelica (Suor Angelica). You will get to hear famous arias from these three operas, including the famous Un bel di and aria O mio babbino caro (for you fans of the film, A Room with a View).

After binary option trade the opera preview, put on your judge's hat and get ready to pick your favorite Opera Idol hosted by Nick Veronda of Veronda's Music Village in Kankakee. Vote tickets will be $1.00 each. There will be up to three rounds of elimination. After the first "opera round," the remaining singers will sing a pop standard from musical theatre in an attempt to save themselves from elimination from the next round. After each singer performs, you'll have a chance to vote for your favorite artist. Singers from the upcoming summer Festival who will be competing include Rebecca Caliendo who will portray Angelica in Sister Angelica, Perry Harper and Nicole Greenridge Joseph who will portray Rinuccio and Lauretta, the two young lovers in Johnny Skeekee, James Arnold who will portray Johnny and Jonathan Subia who will cover Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly. Filling the role of the honorary "celebrity" singer will be Helen Todd. (No fair voting for her!)

The binary options trade evening's entertainment will be complimented by cocktails and Asian themed hors d'oeuvres (in honor of Madame Butterfly)—pick up your tickets today!

Elks Club 111 N. Third Street, Watseka

Saturday, March 24, 2012
Starting at 7pm

Only $25 per person!
Which includes hors d'oeuvres and two drink coupons.

Tickets available for purchase at:
  • First Trust & Savings Bank 120 E. Walnut St., Watseka
  • Iroquois Federal Savings & Loan 201 E. Cherry St., Watseka
  • Sumner National Bank 698 E. Walnut, St. Watseka
  • Veronda's Music Village 1030 N. Kennedy Dr., Kankakee, IL 815-935-1030
  • Inside Out 226 N. Central, Gilman, IL 815-265-9905
For those people from out of town that would like to order tickets over the phone, call:
  • B.A. Markley & Association 123 W. Oak St. Ste. 1, Watseka 815-432-2360

2011 Festival Videos

The Daughter of the Regiment

Little Women

Getting Ready

Insight into the Opera
General Director, Helen Todd and Stage Director Scott Parry discussed the 2011 festival on the July 20, 2011 episode of Live and Local with Kevin Kelly, WILL 90.9 FM in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.
Click to Listen


The Sugar Creek Opera Festival

Sugar Creek Opera Celebrates 10 Years!

Sugar Creek Symphony & Song is a summer opera and arts festival held the first full weekend of August each year in Watseka, Illinois. We bring the arts out of the city and into the country for a delightful summer festival in the heart of the Midwest.

Plan to attend the 2012 festival, August 3-5!

Madame Butterfly
By Giacomo Puccini
A love story of soaring beauty and devastating heartbreak
Sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage

Set in the 19th century, an American sailor named Pinkerton arrives in Japan and meets a young Japanese woman he calls Butterfly. She falls in love, but he considers their romance temporary, and asks for her hand even though he has no intention of bringing her back to the States. Even though it means turning her back on her family and her faith, Butterfly marries Pinkerton, who soon leaves her behind. She waits patiently for three years to be reunited with Pinkerton, and to introduce him to their son. When he does return to Japan, Pinkerton brings his new American wife, Kate. Butterfly is heartbroken to learn he does not love her, but has come to take her son back to the United States, leaving her completely alone. The role of Butterfly will be played by Watseka's own, Helen Todd, who is returning to the Sugar Creek stage for the first time since 2009!

Johnny Skeekee (Gianni Schicchi)
A comedy by Giacomo Puccini
Who says fraud and family don't mix?
Sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage

The greedy relatives of the wealthy Buoso Donati (BOO-soh) gather at his deathbed to mourn his passing, and to investigate the details of his will. Young Rinuccio (Rih-NEW-chee-oh) makes his Aunt Zita (ZEE- tah) promise to let him marry his beloved Lauretta if there is enough money. She agrees, but the will reveals the inheritance has been left to a monastery. In desperation, Rinuccio's family turns to Lauretta?s father, the shrewd, self-made man, Johnny Skeekee. At the urging of Lauretta (who sways him with the popular aria, "O mio babbino caro"), Skeekee agrees to help and, with the aid of Rinuccio's family, sets a risky plan in motion. Impersonating the dead man, he sends for the notary, and creates a new will. But Skeekee's role play includes an unexpected twist that will leave everyone reeling!

Sister Angelica (Suor Angelica)
Sister Angelica has been in a convent for seven years, waiting in vain for word from her family. The other sisters speculate that she was a princess, banished for reasons they have not discovered. One day, a magnificent coach arrives, bearing Angelica's aunt, the Princess. The Princess is cold, and unfriendly to her niece—rejecting Angelica's affection. She declares that as payment for the disgrace Angelica brought on the family, she wishes her to sign over her inheritance to her younger sister who is engaged to be married. When Angelica eventually learns the news that she longed to hear, about the secret child who drove her to the convent, she gives into her aunt's request, then takes devastating actions she soon regrets. As the story draws to a close, this abbreviated opera resonates with themes of motherly love, heavenly beauty and redemption.

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)