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Event Date: Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 4PM

 

Crystal Theatre kicks off its season with Gala concert featuring Hungarian opera star, Yvette Hintalan-Mondok, South Norwalk, CT

 

Yvette Hintalan-Mondok will be singing arias from opera, operetta and Hungarian favorites not heard in the USA.

 

Hungarian opera star, Yvette Hintalan-Mondok

 

Norwalk, Connecticut, October 18, 2016 - The Crystal Theatre kicks off its new season with a gala concert featuring guest star, Hungarian opera singer Yvette Hintalan-Mondok on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 4PM. The concert takes place at the Crystal Theatre at Ben Franklin Center, 66 Bayview Avenue, South Norwalk, CT 06850. For concert information, visit www.crystaltheatre.org or call 203-847-4850. Tickets are $15 and the handicap-accessible theater is located at 66 Bayview Avenue in South Norwalk, CT. Refreshments will be available as part of the fundraiser, with a bake sale that includes Hungarian cookies, Hungarian wines as well as hot cider.

 

Yvette Hintalan-Mondok will be singing arias from opera, operetta and Hungarian favorites not heard in the USA—including “A Csitári Hegyek Alatt”, “Melinda’s Aria” from Ferenc Erkel’s Bánk Bán and “Maria’s Cabaletta” from Hunyadi László as well as operetta favorites. Miss Hintalan-Mondok was last seen here as the Princess in John the Valiant, presented as a co-production with Crystal T. in 2014. Special guest artist is Crystal Theatre teacher Joseph Santaniello Jr. who also performs a Hungarian aria from Bánk Bán—““Keserű bordal”—The Bitter Wine Song.


In addition, the concert presents musical excerpts from their upcoming season which begins with Mother Holle--a children’s musical great for the family-- on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 6PM and follows with performances of Sleeping Beauty (11/20,12/3 & 4) and the adult-themed Living the American Dream (1/27, 28, 29).


Why Hungarian? Crystal Theatre is planning an international musical theatre exchange this summer with a similar youth theatre in Gödöllö, Hungary, a suburb of Budapest. They will present the original Crystal Theatre musical production of Hungarian Nights set in 1888, both here and in Hungary with a combined international cast, alternating the lead roles between the students. Norwalk student TJ Boyrer, who plays the role of Sándor Temesváry in the show, is excited about the opportunity.

 

“Travelling to and performing in Hungary will allow us to experience a different culture and observe and participate in how our theaters and styles of acting and rehearsing are perhaps different or similar.”


The show will be choreographed by Tibor Paar, who will return to Norwalk to instruct students in authentic Hungarian and Gypsy dances to be incorporated in the show. The Norwalk production will also feature Hungarian gypsy violinist, Jenö Varga, who performed in the 2010 world premiere. Mr. Paar appeared at the theatre last year for a weekend masterclass involving the student actors in the 2015 production of the show-- his work adding true authenticity to the performances. Crystal actress Eden Wright of Darien had this to say of Tibor: “He is a great dancer and teacher who made our dances 10 times better! He allowed us to push ourselves and accomplish something we could not have done without him.”


Hungarian Nights was last produced in November of 2015 and many of the cast members will be participating in the exchange program. These same students were involved in the 3-city tour of János Vítéz—John the Valiant, which is the most famous true Hungarian operetta whose music is known by all Hungarians. Weston Crystal Theatre student Abby Gaines enthusiastically endorses her time spent. ”I loved it because we got to learn so much about Hungary while doing what I live for—acting and singing! Performing there would be a dream come true!”


This amazing production was brought to the US and Canada by the Komáron Lovas Szinház (The Equestrian Theatre of Komáron, Hungary) and sung in Hungarian. Crystal Theatre students learned the 4 part harmony music to 8 songs in Hungarian and performed it in Norwalk, New York City and Boston to wild acclaim from the native Hungarians who were amazed that American students would take the time to learn music in this difficult language. This precipitated a strong interest in a visit to Hungary—hence the proposed exchange trip.

 

According to Crystal Theatre Artistic Director, Cheryl Kemeny, “We are promoting this project because of the important benefits derived from international travel and cooperation in an ever-shrinking world. Crystal Theatre students represent the best that the US has to offer—talented, curious, adventurous risk-takers who are not afraid of hard work.”


Crystal Theatre is a performing arts school and musical theatre presenter specializing in the production of original musicals. Since their inception in 1987 under the auspices of the Norwalk Parks & Recreation Department, they have premiered more than 40 original musicals which have gone on to win awards and presentations in New York City: among them, 2 productions at the New York Musical Festival including a 2012 professional staged reading of Mariner Pezza & Cheryl Kemeny’s musical Hungarian Nights and a full 2014 Next Link production of Cheryl Kemeny’s Mother Jones & the Children’s Crusade directed by Michelle Tattenbaum and produced in conjunction with Crystal Theatre by Ben Simpson, current producer of Broadway’s Waitress and the new hit, Oh, Hello Show.


Web: www.crystaltheatre.org, Phone: (203) 847-4850

 

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Media Contact: Cheryl Kemeny

Email: crysthr@optonline.net

Phone: (203) 858-2709

 

Crystal Theatre Inc.

Norwalk, Connecticut

Web: www.crystaltheatre.org

 

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CALENDAR LISTING:

Event Name: Gala Afternoon Concert Featuring Hungarian Opera Singer Yvette Hintalan-Mondok

Event Date: Sunday, November 6, 2016

Event Time: 4PM

Event Location: Crystal Theatre At Ben Franklin Center, 66 Bayview Avenue, So. Norwalk, Ct 06850

Admission: Tickets are $15

Web: www.crystaltheatre.org

Contact: Cheryl Kemeny, crysthr@optonline.net, (203) 858-2709

Description: The Crystal Theatre kicks off its new season with a gala concert featuring guest star, Hungarian opera singer Yvette Hintalan-Mondok on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 4PM. The concert takes place at the Crystal Theatre at Ben Franklin Center, 66 Bayview Avenue, South Norwalk, CT 06850. For concert information, visit www.crystaltheatre.org or call 203-847-4850. Tickets are $15 and the handicap-accessible theater is located at 66 Bayview Avenue in South Norwalk, CT. Refreshments will be available as part of the fundraiser, with a bake sale that includes Hungarian cookies, Hungarian wines as well as hot cider. Yvette Hintalan-Mondok will be singing arias from opera, operetta and Hungarian favorites not heard in the USA—including “A Csitári Hegyek Alatt”, “Melinda’s Aria” from Ferenc Erkel’s Bánk Bán and “Maria’s Cabaletta” from Hunyadi László as well as operetta favorites. Miss Hintalan-Mondok was last seen here as the Princess in John the Valiant, presented as a co-production with Crystal T. in 2014. Special guest artist is Crystal Theatre teacher Joseph Santaniello Jr. who also performs a Hungarian aria from Bánk Bán—“Keserű bordal”—The Bitter Wine Song.

 


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