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Sarah Silver Hands
A dark faery tale opera by Chad Salvata | Directed by Bonnie Cullum
Presented by VORTEX Repertory Company
Silver Hands conjures a dark faery tale world, revolving around
the Cornucopia Tree and telling the story of Princess Sarah of the
Autumn Kingdom. Discover how Sarah receives her magical Silver Hands.
Will the Winter Witch, Spyril, succeed in her evil plots against
the Autumn Kingdom? Will Sarah triumph with the help of The Autumn
Sprites, The Golden Gazelle, The Green Monkey, and The Scarlet Tiger?
How will young Sarah overcome her challenges in order to save her
father and her kingdom?
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In the tradition of the Brothers Grimm, Sarah Sarah Silver Hands
has dark themes, frightening situations, and a happy ending. No
nudity, blood, or profanity in Sarah Silver Hands. Suitable for
VORTEX Repertory Company proudly presents the world premiere of
this new opera by award-winning Austin artist, Chad Salvata, creator,
composer, and orchestrator of the music and libretto. Sarah Silver
Hands is a vibrant new faery tale and continues Salvata’s
long line of original, contemporary operas with fantasy themes and
magical realism. Chad Salvata has been recognized with many awards
for artistic excellence including B. Iden Payne Awards for Outstanding
Original Score for Vampyress and The Dragonfly Princess and an Austin
Critics’ Table Award for Outstanding Original Score for Pythia
Dust. Sarah Silver Hands is directed by Bonnie Cullum, award-winning
VORTEX Producing Artistic Director.
Sarah Silver Hands stars award-winning VORTEXian Betsy McCann as
Spyril and introduces Christine Achico as Sarah. Also featuring
Melissa Vogt-Patterson, Rudy Ramirez, Hayley Armstrong, Anderson
Dear, Justin LaVergne, Christina Leidel, Andy Agne, and Joanna Wright.
The lavish fantasy designs feature a multi-dimensional Cornucopia
Tree by Ann Marie Gordon, magical lighting by Jason Amato, fantasy
costumes by Talena Martinez and Chad Salvata. Mask creations by
Melissa Vogt-Patterson. Hair and Makeup Design by Helen Hutka. Sound
Design by Sergio R. Samayoa.
Choreography by Gabriel Maldonado. Fight Choreography by Toby Minor.
Percussion by Matthew Patterson. Prop Design by Helen Parish. Stage
Management by Tamara L. Farley.
Sarah Silver Hands is supported in part by an award from the National
Endowment for the Arts. This is VORTEX’s second award from
the NEA. Sarah Silver Hands is also funded and supported in part
by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth and Redevelopment
Services Office/Cultural Arts Division, believing an investment
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