Centuries ago, wandering minstrels entertained crowds by reciting snatches of such works as Homer's “Iliad” and “Odyssey”. Between selections from these immortal poems, the minstrels often told humorous stories or repeated popular fables. From the ancient Greek for “song” and “stitch,” these vignettes that were disconnected—improvised, yet usually impassioned—came to be known as rhapsodies.
That's the inspiration behind “Rhapsodies,” an original production of singer/songwriters and their music from Seneca Community Players directed by Pam Rapoza. “Rhapsodies” will be performed at 8 p.m. on Jan. 16, 17 and 18, at the Smith Opera House in Geneva.
The production will transform the historic theater's large stage into a coffee house setting complete with couches and cocktail tables, inviting patrons to become a part of the production. An electronic multi-media presentation created by Rapoza and artist and assistant director Bryan Rice will complement the live performances.
The cast includes Jeb Albro, guitar; Mike Feligno, piano; Aaron Isaacs, guitar; Frankie Leigh, guitar; Deborah Bacon McGhan, piano; Ralph Sinicropi, guitar; Jason Vatter, guitar; Keegan O'Malley, guitar; Wooden Apparition, guitar.
The production staff is comprised of RJ Rapoza, producer; Ralph Sinicropi, technical director and sound; Ross Gifford, lights; Ellie Albro, stage manager; Kevin Schoonover, publicity; and Megan Craver and Robin Uveges, hospitality and concession.
All Rhapsodies tickets are $6 and are available at The Smith box office and Area Records and Music in Geneva, WomanMade Products in Seneca Falls and The Office Assistant in Waterloo. Pastries and coffee will be available.
The Smith Opera House is located at 82 Seneca Street in Geneva. For more information, contact Rapoza at 315-789-9501 or The Smith at 315-781 LIVE.