What’s New at Noodles

by Ted Gargiulo

Welcome, patrons! It gives me extraordinary pleasure, as president and artistic manager of the Noodles Civic Opera Association, to unveil our 2013-14 season. And what an audacious lineup we have in store for you!

The excitement begins this Fall, when music director Alvin McBloodfrey conducts the world premiere presentation of “Don Schifoso” by Hugo Von Zitti. Be there!

In December, San Francisco superstar Jason Avonadonis makes his Noodles debut singing the role of Michael in an all-male production of Bizet’s “Carmine.”

Next, “No Pagliaccio, Non-Sung,” a spoken rendition of Leoncavallo’s classic drama, launches our new “Opera Without Music” series in April. The innovative staging places the audience on the proscenium and the action in the orchestra pit, while the musicians take the night off. Limited seating available!

And finally, Ms. Liza Lepescu, direct from a three month tour of the Catskill Cabaret circuit, stars in the Yiddish Theater production of “You’re A Good Mensch, Charlie Brown.”

Who’s Who

Cranston Waldo was born deaf and cannot sing a note. The self-styled “basso-passivo” will lip-sync the title role of Don Schifoso with a recording made by a real singer (who prefers to remain anonymous).

Serena Coke-Sweeney charmed the pants off our music director—literally and figuratively—to win the coveted soprano lead in von Zitti’s masterpiece. During Noodles’ off-season, the multi-talented diva can be seen at Hooligan’s Trough, where she raps, strip dances and mud wrestles on Friday nights.

Ciuccio del Nunzio, an ex-train announcer from Brooklyn, was the Voice of Dekalb Avenue on the BMT line (“Watch ya step, please, watch da daws!”). He’ll be thrilling Noodles’ audiences with his rich announcer’s voice, made even richer by his own portable PA system, which he takes with him wherever he performs.

Clarice MacAdoo, bred in Zucchini, Indiana, made her theatrical debut as a banana in a Fruit-of –the-Loom Commercial. When not stealing the Noodles spotlight from Ms. Coke-Sweeney [see above], she combines her love of opera and culinary as head chef and chanteuse at the Sfingi Grill in Boston’s North End. Among her scrumptious, music-inspired recipes: Beethoven’s “Egmont Parmigiana” and Verdi’s “La Battaglia di Linguini.”

Latecomers, please note: Performances begin promptly at 8 pm. However, if your extraordinary personal circumstances prevent you from arriving on time, don’t fret. Performances will start over at 8:15 pm, and again at 8:30 pm, so that lazy, special-privileged characters like you can catch up on anything you missed.

Disgruntled Attendees: If, during the first hour of performance, you’re not 100 percent satisfied with the production, or if you decide that opera isn’t your bag, simply take your ticket stubs across the street to Paolo’s Puppet Theater where you can enjoy, at no extra charge, an evening of easy, undemanding escapism.

For Your Comfort: Programs are shaped and pleated like fans to help keep you cool during those hot, stuffy evenings when we’re too cheap to run the air conditioner.

Remember, nothing says “Get a Life” like tickets to the opera. This year, consider a Noodles Gift Subscription for those boorish, uncultured relatives and coworkers who lack your sophistication.

On behalf of the cast, the administrators and the entire janitorial staff here at Noodles, I want to thank all of you for your support. Please come again. Please!

Sir John “Chickee” Noodles


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