Past Productions

This page gives a brief history of POP productions.  Click the picture to go to the main webpage for each past production.  There you will find full cast lists, bios, synopsis, reviews, pictures, and video.  (Productions through Tosca are Flash-based.) Find pictures or video only in the Gallery and Video tabs above.

TROUBLE IN TAHITI

JULY 2011

POP opens with this little known Bernstein gem.  5 cast members and a piano.  4 sold-out shows in Santa Monica and Studio City.

DON GIOVANNI

OCTOBER 2011

POP's first show with orchestra.  Two casts sang five performances total at The Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica.

TROUBLE IN TAHITI

Revival

MARCH 2012

So much fun we had to do it again!  The original cast returned for 4 performances at The Miles Memorial Playhouse.

COSI FAN TUTTE

MAY 2012

POP was gone with the wind in this antibellum take on Cosi.  Two casts opened the brand new Porticoes Art Space for 4 packed (and unairconditioned) performances.  POP's first take on setting opera to classic film and television, a convention which has served us well since.  

SWEENEY TODD

OCTOBER 2012

In a move of genius stupidity POP, barely a year old, decided to produce one of the most complicated shows in all of music theater history.  An unqualified success with two casts, a large chorus, orchestra and  7 sold-out performances, Sweeney proved to be a risk well worth taking. The production opened at Porticoes and moved to The Miles.

LA BOHEME

AKA "THE HIPSTERS"

NOVEMBER 2012

Likely the most important production in POP history, La boheme was almost an after-thought during Sweeney.  The production was rehearsed for 4 days and opened the week after Sweeney with three sold out shows.  Boheme gave us our brand (and mascot) and was the first show with table seating.

BARBER OF SEVILLE

MARCH 2013

A perfect follow up for Boheme, Barber was back at the Ebell Club of Highland Park for 5 sold-out performances.  Once again set in current day LA, this production expanded on the "POP-Up" model with more tables and a small chorus (that tripled in size for one scene when evert guy was equipped with a dummy on each side).  Barber also had our first "official" children's performance with 250 school kids cramming into the Club for a matinee.

LE NOZZE DI FIGARO

MAY 2013

POP concluded the DaPonte Trilogy and continued the Figaro story with this Scarface inspired production.  Two casts,  a large chorus, and small orchestra opened in Pasadena and moved to The Miles in Santa Monica.

THE MIKADO

SEPT 2013

The Mikado was an enormous hit with POP audiences selling out 9 performances between Pasadena and Santa Monica.  Two casts, an amazing chorus, and an expanded orchestra wowed audiences in crazy harajuku inspired costumes designed by Maggie Green.  The updated lyrics in several songs continued POP's idea of not taking ourselves too seriously.  This is one production that will definitely be back before too long!

THE TURN OF THE SCREW

JANUARY 2014

TTOTS  was another risk that paid off for POP.  The most expensive production to date, Screw proved that POP could do more than comedy.  An all-star cast and an expanded orchestra frightened audiences right out of their seats for 5 performances at the Rosenthal Theatre at Inner-city Arts.  This production was the first to attract the LA Times and was part of LA Opera's Britten 100 Celebration.

CARMEN

MARCH 2014

Everybody loves Carmen and it showed in this production.  We pushed the limits of "POP-Up" Productions in this show with an enormous cast and chorus.  The stage was built out on all sides at the Ebell Club and surrounded the audiences for five sold-out nights.  Carmen was a party for sure!

LA CALISTO

MAY 2014

No one was more surprised than us when an opera from 1653 became POP's biggest success to date.  6 performances sold-out with standing room only and added tables.  A small period orchestral ensemble was added to the POP-Up format and worked nicely at the Ebell Club.  A Los Angeles premiere, this bawdy show was a riot and captured the original Carnival atmosphere.  The show included running water, special effects, a merry go round, slides, a see-saw, and many, many furry satyr penises.  People liked it...

TOSCA: A moving production

SEPTEMBER 2014

POP took over the entire campus of St. James Methodist for a month recreating the original locations of the story.  A 22 piece orchestra, cast of 50, and the entire 200 person audience moved each act starting in the sanctuary of St. James, moving to Porticoes Theater, and finishing outside in the courtyard where the audience watched the action up on the roof.  Tosca actually jumped off!  All 6 shows sold-out and many were turned away.  Tosca was a new level of production value for POP.

LA BOHEME

AKA "THE HIPSTERS" REVIVAL

DECEMBER 2014

This revival was nearly sold-out a month ahead of time.  The hipsters returned to the Ebell Club for five performances and joined the OC Symphony for one night with orchestra.  In the two years since Boheme originally played, we went from 20 tables per night to 43 and could have sold many more.  There is something magical about this show and production.  We just wonder how long we have to wait until we can do it again.

ABDUCTION FROM THE

SERAGLIO

MARCH 2015

POP went to a whole new level with this Sci-fi hit.  The production sold out a week before opening at the beautiful 360 seat El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood.  A full orchestra and cast of over 40 launched this production that is now traveling all over the country.

ARIADNE AUF NAXOS

MAY 2015

Back at the Ebell Club, Ariadne was another smashing success. The talented cast was a combination of POP regulars as well as some talented new-comers we hope to keep around for shows to come. Featuring beautiful handmade costumes a la the early 1900's, power-wielding gods, actual moving waves and magical mermaids this show was a new level of technical and artistic prowess for POP.

 

FALSTAFF

SEPTEMBER 2015

POP presented our first fully-staged outdoor performance, complete with orchestra and a chorus of fairy adults and children, atop Forest Lawn Cemetary in Glendale. Just as Falstaff does in the show, the set survived a storm and went on to entertain four sold-out audiences.   

VIVA LA MAMMA!

NOVEMBER 2015

Viva la mamma! transported the Ebell Club to the 1980's, complete with a Moonwalk, teased hair, skateboarding, a Walkman, you name it!  The story was much closer to present day POP as it focuses on a small opera company trying to put on a show and running into every hurdle possible. Also featuring a baritone in a dress as the nominal Mamma, this show was a hit for sure. 

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THE MERRY WIDDER

MARCH 2016

A new English book and libretto updated this beloved operetta to 1860s Gold Country, CA.  The Ebell Club of Highland Park was flipped on end when a double decker set was built at the back of the house.  An 18 piece orchestra was positioned behind the set, which led to a fantastic balance between singers and the orchestra.  The Widder sold out seven per performances over three weekends!

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THE IMPRESARIO &

PRIMA LA MUSICA, E POI LE PAROLE 

APRIL 2016

The South Pasadena Library

ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO 

SEPTEMER 2016

The Ford Amphitheare

THE RAKE'S PROGRESS

SEPTEMBER 2016

Thorne Hall, Occidental College

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IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA

NOVEMBER 2016

The Ebell Club of Highland Park

L'ELISIR D'AMORE

FEBRUARY 2017

The Ebell Club of Highland Park

LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR

SEPTEMBER 2017

Forest Lawn Cemetary, Glendale

THE MEDIUM

THE MONKEY'S PAW

OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2017

The Ebell Club of Highland Park

Miles Memorial Playhouse






 

LA BOHEME

AKA "THE HIPSTERS" 

DECEMBER 2017

The Ebell Club of Highland Park

DON GIOVANNI 

APRIL 2018

The Vortex

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LA GAZZETTA 

JULY 2018

The Ebell Club of Highland Park

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CARMEN 

SEPTEMBER 2018

The Ford Amphitheatre

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LA TRAVIATA

OCTOBER 2018

Thorne Hall - Occidental College

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LA BOHEME

AKA "THE HIPSTERS"

DECEMBER 2018

The Ebell Club of Highland Park

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THE MAGIC FLUTE

AKA "SUPERFLUTE"

MARCH 2019

The El Portal Theatre -

North Hollywood

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MADAMA BUTTERFLY 

蝶々夫人

APRIL 2019

Aratani Theatre

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THE MIKADO

AUGUST 2019

Ebell Club of Highland Park

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