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AROUND TOWN: Goofing off at the opera provides evening of laughs

July 10, 2014 Updated: July 10, 2014 at 12:10 pm
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In SNL style, Susanna Susannadanna (Anna Christine Woiwood) is carried from the stage by the singing Doo Wah Men, Benjamin Staton, left, Erik Brevik and, in front, Wenjun Liu, at "Opera Goofo." 070814 Photo by Linda Navarro

A block away, horses and riders were lining up for the rodeo parade down Tejon Street. Across the street, runners were headed down Cascade Avenue, finishing up the regular Jack Quinn's Running Club Tuesday event.

Meanwhile, inside the Cornerstone Arts Center on the Colorado College campus, opera singers were vocalizing in a most unusual way. One was tone deaf, others were jailbirds performing the "Opera Cell Block Tango" and "The Abduction of Figaro" was turned into "Found a Peanut."

It was all in fun as the Pikes Peak Opera League presented "Opera Goofo," a laugh-at-themselves benefit for the Vocal Arts Festival at the college. With tongue in cheek, Opera Theatre of the Rockies founder and show producer Martile Rowland had some fun with her musical specialty, a gathering of her "Society of Opera and Animal Husbandry." Singers teased mezzo sopranos, twitted sopranos and their scream-to-the-sky high notes, turned up their noses at temperamental tenors and even worked in a comic jab at Sarah Palin.

An appreciative audience laughed through the evening.

Vocal Arts Festival participants, who teamed with professional guest artists in skits, were: Joseph Berrios, Arthur Beutel, Erik Brevik, Stephanie Brink, Therese Carmack, Audrey Darovich, Douglas Denning, Jack English, Sammy Folgmann, Lily Foster, Kait Halverson, Michele Hammerton, Jessica Higgins, Robin Hinson, Lydia Huzij, Natalie Huzij, Katarina Ivancik, Dayeong Kang, Brenna Kerwin, Irene Kim, Evan Lennon, Wenjun Liu, London Lyle, Amy Maples, Elizabeth Mason, Kirsten Mason, Leah Mason, Christina Morris, Meggan O'Mahony, Megan Pfeiffer Miller, Benjamin Staton, Maria Tchamitchian, Ali Watkins, Karin Wilcox, Anna Christine Woiwood and Avery Zaleski.

UPCOMING:

- "Let's Make a Scene" - Festival singers, faculty and guest artists, 3 p.m. Sunday, Packard Hall, Colorado College, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St., $15, $10 students 18 and under; 646-3127 or Meeker Music, 624 N. Tejon St.

- "The King & I" - Opera Theatre of the Rockies, 7 p.m. July 25-26, 3 p.m. July 27, Armstrong Theater, Colorado College, $25-$40; 646-3127, operatheatreoftherockies.org

-Pikes Peak Opera League's 35th anniversary, February, a benefit for opera theatre that will perform "Tosca" with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic.

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