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Newport’s “Theater Happening” a Fabulous Evening for The Opera House

“For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” —Vincent Van Gogh

 


And the stars were out in numbers. Although the sky had opened, and rain was pouring, nothing could dampen the Newport Opera House’s Theater Happening”, which turned Newport’s  Washington Square into The Great White Way for an evening, with performances by five accomplished  musical groups in five varied venues:  The Jane Pickens Theater, The Opera House lobby, The Colony House (for the exotic flamenco)  Karol Richardson for a string trio, and Bank Newport hosting fabulous jazz singer  and pianist Andy Milne, the Nathaniel Taylor  String Trio, and The New Repoertory Theatre in a restaging of "Romeo & Juliet".   Joseph R. Burdick and Thomas S. Burdick, Jr, "In the Moonlight," and Arilyn Mitchell played a celestial harp, looking like a 19th century painting.

 

The copious silent auction

 

 

The performers showed the kind of stage presentations that the completed Opera House will host. They included Flamenco con Magdalena,

singer  La Tanya Hall and pianist Andy Milne performing "the singular Sarah Vaughn",  The Nathaniel Taylor String Trio, The New Repertory Theatre with a restaging or "Romeo & Juliet",  and young tenors Joseph R. Burdick and Thomas S. Burdick peforming a dreamy "In the Moonlight."  Harpist Arilyn Mitchell looked like a 19th century painting as she played like an angel.

The Opera House itself, under construction, is “coming along nicely,” according to  Liz Drayton. The committee is now selling dedicated seats, which will be named for the donor.

Welcoming guests in out of the rain

Newport Seen spoke with Bill Martin, Board President Alison Vareika, Director Brenda Nienhouse, and others, all dressed for the rain.  (Newport was perhaps a “Poncho Villa”for the evening?) A cool jazz combo played in the spacious tent, where excellent food and wine were served, and living statues entertained.

Seen were: Practically Everybody, but especially Rod O’Hanley and Richard Crisson, just back from Paris, Mayor Harry Winthrop and wife Deborah, Ellen Barnes and Diana Pearson, Richard D'Addario and Ann Sweeney, Alison Schuman and Alexandra Philippides,  Christine McCullough (we could go on and on) at this party for the ages. 

 

                                               --Linda Phillips

A jazz quartet played inside the tent

 

Seats for dedication, and a place in Newport history

 

Delicious hot buffet

 

Richard Crisson & Rod O'Hanley

 

Chairperson of the Board Alison Vareika

 

Ellen Barnes & Diana Pearson

 

Christine McCullough

 

Bart Dunbar, Lisa Lewis and her mother,

 

 

Arilyn Mitchell at her harp

 

The Burdick Brothers sing and play at the Opera House

 

"In the Moonlight" pleased the crowd

 

John Richmond & Dave Guertin

 

Ann Sweeney & Richard D'Addario

 

 

The Living statues arrive

 

Tom Hockaday

 

The Chinese statue

 

Stroking the violin

 

Aleandra Philippides & Alison Shumann

 

 

 

John Brooks & Tom Hockaday

 

Larry Brown, Elizabeth Leatherman & Dick Brickley

 

Mary & John Hirschboeck

 

Bill Martin, Shauna Maguire & John Sawicki

 

Dick & Nancy Brickley

 

Introducing The New Repertory Theater

 

Romeo & Juliet, reworked

 

The balcony at The Jane Pickens served Juliet

 

Flamenco music played

 

And a fiery Flamenco, danced

 

 

Peter Stolfitz of St. John's & John Sawicki

 

Norah Diedrich, Director of the Newport Art Museum

 

? Deborah Winthrop & Mayor Harry Winthrop

 

Rod O'Hanley & Jennifer Booth

 

The sprawling tent in Washington Square

 

Brenda Nienhouse & Bill Martin

 

Ms. Nienhouse introduces La Tanya Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

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