Highfield Hall & Gardens and the College Light Opera Company Present Second “Highfield on the CLOC” Talk
Highfield Hall & Gardens and the College Light Opera Company are pleased to present the second in a series of unforgettable talks at Highfield Hall this summer. The talks provide a backstage pass for guests to learn more about a few of CLOC’s productions this season.
On Saturday, July 27, from 5:30-7:00 pm, Director Alyce Mott will present “Game-Changers of the American Entertainment Industry”. This talk complements CLOC’s production of Victor Herbert’s operetta, The Red Mill.
Mott will highlight Thomas, Cohan, Hammerstein I, Giffiths, Chaplin, Denishawn, Hammerstein II, and featured artist Herbert and detail the roles they played in establishing the true foundation of the entertainment industry in America.
The original The Red Mill, written by Herbert with a libretto by Henry Blossom, is the farcical story of two American vaudevillians who wreak havoc at an inn in Holland, interfering with two marriages — but all ends well. The operetta premiered on Broadway in 1906 at the Knickerbocker Theatre and ran for 274 performances and includes the songs Every Day is Lady’s Day with Me, The Streets of New York, You Never Can Tell About a Woman, and Because You’re You.
Alyce Mott is a producer, librettist, stage director, artistic director, and founder of both VHSource, LLC and the Victor Herbert Renaissance Project LIVE! (VHRP LIVE!) production company. Mott has been a Herbert aficionado for nearly 25 years. She became a Herbert librettist in 1995 with a new version of Babes in Toyland, produced at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. Her credits now include more than 15 new Herbert librettos. In 1998, she directed the composer’s The Fortune Teller and, in 2008, became a Herbert publisher of on-line digital original performance materials with the founding of VHSource, LLC. Mott moved to producing with a 2013 production of Cyrano de Bergerac. With VHRP LIVE!, she produced the first full orchestral reading of Herbert’s 1911 Natoma in over 100 years.
“Highfield on the CLOC” will include one final talk. On Saturday, August 17 from 5:30-7:00 pm, Conductor and Music Director, David Möschler will present “The Works of Kurt Weill” to complement CLOC’s production of Weill’s, Knickerbocker Holiday.
Highfield Hall & Gardens is located at 56 Highfield Drive in Falmouth. The cost for each talk is $20 for Highfield members; $30 for non-members. For tickets or more information, visit highfieldhall.org or call 508.495.1878, ext. 2.
For more information on CLOC’s productions of The Red Mill and Knickerbocker Holiday, visit, CollegeLightOperaCompany.com.
Highfield Hall & Gardens, a restored 1878 mansion and estate, is located at 56 Highfield Drive in Falmouth, MA. Surrounded by spectacular gardens and woodlands, Highfield hosts art exhibitions, music concerts, culinary classes, festivals, family events and public programs. The mansion is open to visitors six days a week from April 15-October 31 and year-round for programs and functions. Hours are Tuesday- Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Saturdays 10:00 am – 2:00 pm and Sundays 12:00 – 4:00 pm. Closed Mondays except holidays. For information, call (508) 495-1878 or visit highfieldhall.org.