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It’s powerful stuff. Laugh your head off with Clowns on a Stick. Bring your hankies for Pagliacci.


Music and libretto by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Music direction by Mary Chun
Stage direction by Elly Lichenstein
Play within a play direction by James Pelican
Assistant to Maestro Chun Dana Sadava
Special Guests Clowns on a Stick
English translation by Amanda Holden
Orchestral reduction by Francis Griffin

$40 in advance / $45 at the door  General admission
$35 in advance / $40 at the door  Under 30 and Military
$25 in advance / $30 at the door  Youth Under 18
$9 (Advance sale only)  Jr and high school students (June 16 only)

Short, gritty, and boasting one of the greatest tenor arias of all time, Pagliacci (“Clowns”) is a perennial audience favorite.
Get ready for passion to burst onto the Cinnabar stage. Canio, head of a travelling vaudeville troupe, fans the flame of his uncontrollable jealousy when he learns that his wife Nedda plans to run away with her lover, Silvio. For the heartbroken Canio, the show must go on, but the separation between life and art becomes blurred. With passions running high, there can be only one fatal conclusion.

Special commissioned curtain-raiser:
Clowns On A Stick present Rhapsody of Fools
If Pagliacci is a clown show within an opera, Rhapsody of Fools is an opera within a clown show.  The diva is late, she’s hard to please, and then she loses her voice.  What else could go wrong?  Since these are clowns, certainly all ends well, but not before everything goes hopelessly wrong. The flip side of the passionate Pagliacci will have you laughing till the clowns come home!

Generously underwritten by Producers Circle Member Larry Russo, with Sponsor Circle Members Sandra O'Brien, and Walter & Emily Roeder; and additional support by Buffington Clay-Miller


Rhapsody of Fools

James Pelican, Lluis Valls and Christina Lewis

Special guest

Eileen Morris


Canio / Pagliaccio

Mark Kratz

Nedra / Colombina

Julia Hathaway

Prologue / Tonio / Taddeo

Julio Ferrari

Beppe / Arlecchino

Jacob Thompson


Daniel Cilli


Scenic Designer

Joseph Elwick

Costume Designer

Lisa Eldredge

Lighting Designer

Wayne Hovey