SYPOW Performed The New Moon

  • Sayville Young People’s Opera Workshop presented Romberg and Hammerstein’s classic operetta The New Moon


              This August, the Sayville Young People’s Opera Workshop (still the only organization on Long Island of its kind) presented the summer 2007 workshop production of Sigmund Romberg and Oscar Hammerstein II's classic operetta The New Moon. First opened in 1928 on Broadway, The New Moon ran for 509 performances with simultaneous performances in London.     


    The New Moon

    takes place in the 18th Century, at the dawn of the French Revolution. It is about a young French aristocrat who, fleeing the wrath of the French Monarchy because he supports the philosophy of liberty and freedom, arrives in the Louisiana colony. While in hiding as an indentured servant, he falls in love with Marianne, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy New Orleans Plantation and Ship owner. (The 1940 film version of The New Moon starred Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy in the leading roles.)


    After a mere six weeks of SYPOW rehearsals, over sixty young people from both Nassau and Suffolk counties, ranging in age from 12 to 25, recreated this classic operetta from the early 20th century. With amusing dialogue, inspiring song, and merry dance, SYPOW players delivered an energetic production for three, summer-night performances that packed some surprises—on closing night there was a real-life marriage proposal by one of the older cast members!


    The SYPOW production of The New Moon featured such famous songs as "Wanting You", "Lover Come Back to Me", "Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise", and "Give Me Some Men Who Are Stout-Hearted Men" which were both expertly and beautifully performed by a versatile SYPOW cast and accompanied by a phenomenal full orchestra.


    A hearty congratulations go to the SYPOW directors, cast, musicians, and crew for their extraordinary professionalism.


    Begun in 1995, SYPOW has nurtured young talent from the local area to become involved in all facets of theatre. Over the years, under the capable hands of directors Steve and Donna Hailey, many Sayville drama students and alumni have been joined by area performers who share the same dream—to perform in summer theatre. And each year, as its reputation has grown, the SYPOW productions have become more elaborate, attracting more performers to join the cast.  


    This year’s wonderful production of The New Moon continued SYPOW’s tradition of introducing young people to the many forms of operatic endeavors. Previous SYPOW productions have included such mini-operas as Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Medium and The Telephone and Samuel Barber’s A Hand of Bridge; operettas such as Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury, HMS Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, and The Mikado, as well as Rick Besoyan’s Little Mary Sunshine; “rock” operas such as Jesus Christ, Superstar and Tommy; and legitimate operas such a Luc Plamondon and Richard Cocciante’s Notre Dame de Paris and W. A. Mozart's The  Magic Flute.


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