The award-winning Alchemists’ Workshop musical
by Will Ogmundson and Tom Dunn
Starring Mary Armstrong and Rose Kosciuszek
Sunday, December 3rd at 2 pm
$15 adults/$10 children and seniors suggested donation
Famed painter Georgia O’Keeffe spent three months in Hawaii courtesy of the Dole Company just before WWII and was supposed to “do for the pineapple what she had done for the iris”. She never got around to painting pineapples but did a great number of other paintings as she toured the islands with the teen daughter of Dole’s biggest plantation owner. New London composer Will Ogmundson Henniker librettist, Tom Dunn have gotten permission to adapt a series of letters that the girl and Georgia traded back and forth over the next 40+ years. These letters deal with art, growing up, education, romance and a non-traditional friendship.
The artists involved include New England Emmy award winner Will Ogmundson. His work as a composer and pianist has been heard all over the state and whenever he writes a new musical there is a great deal of interest in the work. Mary Armstrong is playing Georgia O’Keeffe,she is an award winning professional actress from Harrisville. Rose Koscizeukis a very talented twelve year old singer with a growing reputation all over New Hampshire. This musical is her professional debut. The designer is Bob Robertson who runs the video production department at Dartmouth and is an expert at turning two-dimensional imagery into exciting, three-dimensional graphic design.
After touring New Hampshire the non-profit theatre company, Alchemists' Workshop, brought the work to NYC's International Theatre Festival last summer where Rose won the Festival's off-off-Broadway equivalent of the Tony as best supporting actress and Will won for his lyrics. (Mary and Tom won producer awards also.)
The performance in Swanzey at The Ash Hill Center for the Arts is the production's first performance back in NH since their triumphant performance in NYC.