“Dr. Miracle” and “Savitri”

Performance Dates

Friday, Dec 16 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, Dec 17 at 4 pm and 7:30 pm
Sunday, Dec 18 at 4 pm

UAA Fine Arts Building – Recital Hall
3700 Alumni Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508

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About the Show

Anchorage Opera & the UAA Opera Ensemble present two one-act operas in one evening! Dr. Miracle by Georges Bizet & Savitri by Gustav Holst.

savitri-and-miracle-poster-webIn a story within a story, Savitri portrays the virtues of a wife’s devoted love for her husband. When Death comes to take her husband away, her strength of character impresses him so much that he grants her the wish of a full and complete life. When she reveals that a complete life is not possible without her husband, Death agrees to bring him back to life.

The young lovers in Dr. Miracle who are inspired by “Savitri” and romanticize her ideals. Sela is the mayor’s daughter, and Shaggy is an aspiring singer-songwriter who is aware of the mayor’s prejudice against artists. The mayor’s wife, Corva, is modeled after Alaskan socialite Margy Johnson, the current Vice-President of Alaska Dispatch News and matriarch of Alaskan politics. She embodies the qualities of a capable and compassionate politician, and also champions Sela’s romantic choice. Shaggy therefore comes in a Duck Dynasty disguise, with the name Mean Buck, to secure a job in the mayor’s house. Intrigue and mayhem ensue, until finally the lovers win the mayor’s blessing.

The performances feature UAA voice majors and community singers. As the second collaborative production between UAA and Anchorage Opera (AO2Go), this production will tour to schools and communities beginning in 2017. Libretto adaptations, music and stage direction by Mari Hahn. Accompanied by Janet Stiles. Set Design by Carrie Yanagawa. Light Design by Cedar Cussins. Costume coordinator Lailani Cook.

Cast List

Savitri: Kira Eckenweiler/Zaide Manzano
Satyavan: Phil Cheasebro/Dustin Jorgenson
Death: George Yang

Dr Miracle
Mayor Whitt: Don Endres/Jacob Jones
Corva: Linda Porter/Briana Gomez
Sela: Allison Polowy/Hana Rondeau
Shaggy: Edward Washington II


The Cast

Production Team

Kira Eckenweiler – Savitri

Phil Cheasebro – Satyavan

George Yang – Death

Jacob Jones – Mayor Whitt

Briana Gomez – Corva

Hana Rondeau – Sela

Zaide Manzano – Savitri

Dustin Jorgenson – Satyavan

Don Endres – Mayor Whitt

Linda Porter – Corva

Allison Polowy – Sela

Edward Washington II – Shaggy

Mari Hahn – Stage & Music Director/Librettist

Cedar Cussins headshot
Cedar Cussins – Lighting Designer

Carrie Yanagawa – Set Designer

Lailani Cook – Costume Coordinator