Sayville Young People’s Opera Workshop SYPOW is set with the 18th Annual Summer Presentation Opera and Beyond. Sayville Young People’s Opera Workshop SYPOW will have rehearsals begin Mon July 8 at Sayville High School. Organized in the by voice teacher Donna Hailey.
Auditions Mon July 1 and Tue July 2 from 7 to 9 P.M.
Sayville High School
20 Brook Street,
- Rehearsals begin Mon July 8 at Sayville High School (additional auditions can be heard at that time).
Performances: Thu Aug 15 and Fri Aug 16 beginning at 7:30 P.M.
Sayville Middle School,
291 Johnson Avenue,
Sayville, NY 11782
Who We Are –
The Sayville Young People’s Opera Workshop (SYPOW) was organized in the summer of 1996 when voice teacher Donna Hailey said to drama teacher Steven Hailey, “We need somewhere to introduce opera and operetta to young people.” That summer SYPOW, assisted by pianist extraordinaire Stephen Abrams, produced Gian Carlo Menotti’s short opera The Telephone and his short two act opera The Medium featuring area high school students in the Sayville High School Little Theatre. The following summer open auditions were introduced as we prepared The “Little” Magic Flute, which was an adaptation of W. A. Mozart’s Die Zauberflote. In the summer of 1998 we opened auditions to middle school children, as well, as we prepared Samuel Barber’s short opera A Hand of Bridge and Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta Trial by Jury which was performed in the Sayville Middle School.
Since then we have produced former Sayville resident Rick Besoyan’s operetta Little Mary Sunshine, and Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore, Mikado and again Trial by Jury also at the Sayville Middle School. In the summer of 2003 we did four performances at the “Common Ground” gazebo in Sayville’s Rotary Park of an adapted version of Gilbert and Sullivan’sThe Pirates of Penzance and excerpts from Luc Plamondon and Richard Cocciante’s new dramatic opera Notre Dame de Paris in August and an encore performance in Sayville High School’s Little Theatre in September. The following summer we did three performances in the Sayville Middle School and one at the “Common Ground” of Jesus Christ Superstar and followed the same schedule the summer after with our workshop presentation of The Who’s Tommy (with a full orchestra for the first time!).
In the summer of 2006, we returned to classical opera with a full production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute),again with a full orchestra, and in the summer of 2007 we presented the classic early 20th century operetta The New Moon by Sigmund Romberg and Oscar Hammerstein II. In 2008 we took a two-pronged approach to the workshop featuring an abridged version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel followed by a Salute to Stephen Sondheim. In 2009 we featured three dissimilar works: Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury, Kurt Weill’s Down in the Valley, and an abridged version of Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Medium. In 2010 we presented Aaron Copland’s first opera The Second Hurricane, P.D.Q. Bach’s pseudo-opera Oedipus Tex, and excerpts from Bizet’s real opera Carmen. The summer of 2011 saw abridged versions of Pietro Mascagni’s one-act opera Cavalleria Rusticana and, again, Plamondon and Cocciante’s Notre Dame de Paris.
However, last summer (2012) we decided to take a different approach. Instead of trying to make our company members fit the music we had selected, we decided to select music that would fit our members. This resulted in a multi-media presentation entitled A Night at the Operas which featured classical European opera pieces, English operetta, English and American rock opera and dramatic musical theatre pieces, as well. We have decided to take the same approach this summer with Opera and Beyond!