Sarah Silver Hands
A dark faery tale opera by Chad Salvata | Directed by Bonnie Cullum
Presented by VORTEX Repertory Company
Sarah 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?
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 all ages.
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 in the Arts is an investment in Austin's future. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.