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Opera America

The Most Happy Fella – (2011)


Music by Frank Loesser (1910–1969)
Libretto by the composer
after the play They Knew What They Wanted
by Sidney Howard

Sung in English

Conducted by Bryan Nies
Directed by Brian Staufenbiel
Choreography by Mark Foehringer
Set design by Peter Crompton

Evening: Aug. 6, 12; 8:00 p.m.
Matinee: Aug. 9, 14; 2:00 p.m.

All performances at
the Lesher Center for the Arts,
1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA

Cast (in order of appearance):
Cleo: Krista Wigle*
Rosabella: Shawnette Sulker*
Postman: Nick Hengl*
Tony: Ted Weis
Herman: Pierce Brandt*
Jake: Nicholas Bang
Clem: Stefan Alexander Miller
Al: Jóhann Schram Reed
Joe: Joshua Hollister*
Pasquale: Nicolas Aliaga*
Giuseppe: Michael Mendelsohn
Ciccio: José Hernandez*
Doc: Michael Crozier*
Marie: Milissa Carey*

* Festival Opera debut
Most Happy Fella

Most Happy Fella
Clem, Jake, Herman and Al enjoy 'standing on
the corner, watching all the girls go by.'
Photo by Robert Shomler
Most Happy Fella
Tony (Ted Weis) and Joe (Joshua Hollister)
await Rosabella's arrival in Napa.
Photo by Robert Shomler
Most Happy Fella
After a rocky start, Tony and Rosabella
(Shawnette Sulker) get to know each other.
Photo by Robert Shomler
Most Happy Fella
Cleo (Krista Wigle) and Herman (Pierce Brandt)
share more than just their hometown.
Photo by Robert Shomler