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AACC Performs Musical 'Bon Appetit'

Sept. 13, 2011

      What do you get when you combine a mezzo soprano who excels at comic opera, a script based on two classic Julia Child TV cooking show episodes with 72 food props and an American composer’s music?

      You get the comic culinary extravaganza “Bon Appetit!” coming to Anne Arundel Community College for one free show at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, courtesy of Opera AACC. This one-woman opera sung in English is performed by the talented Jennifer Blades of Catonsville and takes center stage at the AACC Humanities Building Room 112 on the Arnold campus.

      “Bon Appetit!” taps the wit and antics of Child during her black-and-white TV days. Hoiby draped music over her words and gestures based on transcripts of two episodes of her show, “The French Chef,” tying the pieces together in the baking of a chocolate cake. Jean Stapleton performed the hilarious show in 1989 at the Kennedy Center and later during an off-Broadway run.

      Blades has extensive opera credits in the region and performs with and for companies such as Opera Vivente, Wolf Trap Opera, Baltimore's Artscape and Opera AACC. In addition to opera and cabaret, Blades is a classical singer, stage director, voice instructor at AACC and on the faculty at the Peabody Conservatory.

      Accompanying Blades is talented pianist Diane Kinsley of Arnold, who is a member of the AACC music faculty and a regular collaborator and performer with regional groups such as Opera Vivente, Annapolis Opera, the Annapolis Symphony and Annapolis Chorale. She is a professional vocal coach and has a private piano studio.

      Because space for “Bon Appetit!” is limited, tickets are required. Ticket distribution is on a first-come, first-served basis in advance through the Kauffman Theater box office or that evening at the door about an hour before the show. Box office hours vary; call 410-777-2457 or e-mail for ticket reservations.