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    2013 Apprentice Technician Awards Announced





    Out of more than 700 applicants, 74 young women and men were chosen to participate in The Santa Fe Opera’s Technical Apprentice Program for the company’s 2013 season. The apprentice technicians come to Santa Fe from across the country to be a part of this prestigious program.

    Ever since The Santa Fe Opera was founded in 1957, it has been a goal of the Company to foster the development of young artists and technicians. Established in 1965, the Technical Apprentice Program plays an integral part in fulfilling the Opera’s mission. Offering the chance to give aspiring technicians experience in nearly every aspect of stage production, the Technical Apprentice Program has since grown in reputation as one of the most rigorous and selective of its type.

    Young technicians travel from every corner of the United States to the high-desert grounds of The Santa Fe Opera and its famous open-air theater to work and study with some of the most respected professionals in their fields. This season brought an array of new opportunities for technical apprentices, whether they were building a 20 foot- long vintage touring car for The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein or making the larger-than-life toys for the trial scene in Oscar, the apprentices received hands-on experience and instruction in everything from wig-making to electrics. Apprentice technicians had the chance to showcase their work on August 11 and 18 when they designed and created the costumes and sets for the Apprentice Scenes, two nights of fully-staged scenes from famous operas that feature apprentice singers in starring roles.

    The Santa Fe Opera’s 57th summer festival season featured 38 performances of 5 operas and ran from June 28 through August 24. The 2013 repertory consisted of The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein by Jacques Offenbach, The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, La Donna del Lago by Gioachino Rossini, La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi, and the world premiere of Oscar by Theodore Morrison.

    The 2013 operating budget for the Technical Apprentice Program was $901,972. The program is funded in part by proceeds from the Gala and Opening Weekend Celebrations, income generated from endowment funds, and contributions to the annual operating fund.

    The following young men and women were the recipients of this year’s outstanding apprentice technician awards. Each received a cash award.

    The James Irven Staley Award is given in memory of the former member of The Santa Fe Opera Board of Directors and Foundation Board.

    Marq Gonzalez                                     Electrics                                 El Paso, Texas

    The Lawrence Reehling Technician Award is given in memory of the late scenic and costume designer who worked with The Santa Fe Opera during many of its early seasons.

    Laura Greenfield                                  Scenic Art                              Forsythe, Georgia

    The Gustave and Jane Bauman Technician Award is given in memory of the celebrated Santa Fe artist and his wife.

    Hannah Shoemaker                             Props Crafts                          Cleveland, Ohio

    Wilberth Gonzalez                               Costumes                              Edinburg, Texas

    The Katharine M. Mayer Technician Award is given in memory of the former president of The Santa Fe Opera Board of Directors. 

    Caroline Spitzer                                    Costumes                             Miami, Florida

    Benjamin Walsh                                   Costumes                              Shelby, Ohio

    The Margaret Weyerhauser Driscoll Memorial Award is given in memory of the former vice president of The Santa Fe Opera Board of Directors.

    Keegan Butler                                       Electrics                                Huntsville, Alabama

    The Greg Teakle Memorial Award is given in memory of the late interior designer and longtime Santa Fe Opera volunteer.

    Cami Sackett                                        Stage Crew                            Troy Mills, Iowa

    The Marshall L. McCune Award is given in memory of the philanthropist who helped establish The Santa Fe Opera.

    Christopher Browner                              Music Services                       Waterbury, Connecticut

    The Agnes M. Canning Memorial Award is given in memory of the longtime Santa Fe Opera supporter.

    Theodore Fogleman                              Audio/Visual                           York, Pennsylvania

    Maur Sela                                            Wigs & Make-up                      Austin, Texas

    The Albuquerque Guild Award is given in memory of Emmah Ellis, a longtime member of the guild.

    Lauren Wong                                        Props Running Crew               San Mateo, California



    September 13, 2013

    CONTACT: Joyce Idema, Cindy Layman                                            press@santafeopera.org












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