OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Opera 30th Anniversary Gala will feature a long awaited performance by three retired music teachers.
Bobbie Palange, Rocky Farden and Sue Swindells taught together in the Oswego schools and performed together many times in Oswego Opera productions over the years.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œFor nearly 15 years, weÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ve talked about singing ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Three Little Maids from SchoolÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ from Gilbert and SullivanÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Mikado,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â said Rocky. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œOur roles and costumes in Don Pasquale gave us the idea and we just havenÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t had the right venue until now.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
In the 1994 production, the three women played the parts of maids and had what they describe as ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œMinnie MouseÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â costumes.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWe were three maids from school,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â chimed in Bobbie, who first sang the piece while in high school. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ve changed the words a bit to suit our present situation.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œIÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢m not so little anymore, but it has been such a hoot to put the piece together for the gala,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â laughed Sue.
The 30th anniversary gala will take place on Nov. 1 at the American Foundry in Oswego.
Reservations are $50 and are available by calling 342-1039 or visiting www.oswego.edu/alumni/opera
Deadline for reservations is Oct. 24.