Meagan Brus
Megan Brus

Ken Mattice
Ken Mattice

Carson Kievman,

Jeffrey Marc Buchman,
Stage Director

Mary Adeyln Kauffman,
Music Director

Sean McClelland,
Scenic Designer

Patrick Tennent,
Lighting Designer

Camilla Haith,
Costume Designer

Alain Lores,
Projection Designer

Mystery Park Arts Band

(MAY 9 - 8:00 p.m.)

Join us on Opening Night for a VIP Champagne Reception sponsored by Sarah Halstead of Laurent-Perrier and Sylvano Carrara of Sylvano Restaurant.


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April 25

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May 9

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May 10

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May 11

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May 14

Palm Beach Arts Paper
June 1


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SoBe Arts presents
the world premiere of


May 8 - 18, 2014

Kievman's "Fairy Tales" makes a bold and powerful impact in world premiere - South Florida Classical Review / The Miami Herald

Standout singing, graphics make for intriguing ‘Dandelion Woman’ - Palm Beach Arts Paper

SoBe Institute of the Arts Proudly Presents an Original Fairy Tale for Adults - Miami New Times

Meagan Brus as Dandelion Woman / Kenneth Mattice as Bank Examiner
Copyright 2014 Carson Kievman

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SoBe Arts presents
the world premiere of


Songs of the Dandelion Woman
Music by
Carson Kievman
Libretto by C Kievman & MD Needle

Meagan Brus, soprano as Dandelion Woman
& Kenneth Mattice, baritone as Bank Examiner

Stage Director
Jeffrey Marc Buchman
Music Director
Mary Adelyn Kauffman
Costume Designer
Camilla Haith
Set Designer
Sean McCelland
Projection Designer
Alain Lores
Lighting Designer
Patrick Tennent

Conductor, Mary Adelyn Kauffman
Flute, Carol Naveira-Nicholson - Clarinet, Miles Jaques
Percussion, Karli Mason & Tyson Voigt - Piano, Junko Kainosho
Violin, Rebecca Mosloff - Viola, Emilee Newell - Cello, Joy Adams

Stage Manager - Jane Rosenbaum

An Original Music-Theater Fairy Tale for Adults

From May 8 through May 18, the Little Stage Theater at SoBe Institute of the Arts became the portal to Fairy Tales, Songs of the Dandelion Woman, a 70-minute trip “down the rabbit hole.”  With a score and libretto created by Carson Kievman, this contemporary music-theater journey hurtles through a kaleidoscopically shifting mental landscape, past the borderline between hilarity and madness, into a surrealistic dislocation.  This parallel world, very much like our own as seen through a magnifying glass, is created as the Bank Examiner (Ken Mattice, baritone) and The Dandelion Woman (Meagan Brus, soprano) become aware of each other: an authority figure who is charged with determining her competence, and a misfit who moves with angular grace through her own private world, and is charismatic enough to dismantle the system simply by living as she pleases.

For this production, soprano Meagan Brus and baritone Kenneth Mattice returned to SoBe Arts to sing the roles of Dandelion Woman and Bank Examiner. Both artists were highly praised for their roles as Ophelia and Hamlet in SoBe Arts world premiere staged concert of the HAMLET Opera in 2012. Aalso engaged were the acclaimed opera director Jeffrey Marc Buchman, music director Mary Adelyn Kauffman, award winning designers, Sean McClelland (sets), Patrick Tennent (lighting), Camilla Haith (costumes), Alain Lores (projections) as well as a top-flight ensemble of instrumentalists. Audiences had the opportunity to see FAIRY TALES in a run of 1 preview and 6 performances from May 8 through May 18 in the Little Stage Theater on the SoBe Arts campus, a beautiful, historic setting and intimate venue . .-

"In a season that has seen more 20- and 21st-century opera in South Florida than in the last two decades combined, Kievman’s opus is a stunner. It deserves wider performances beyond the current Miami Beach run" - The Miami Herald

Little Stage Theater @ SoBe Arts


Thursday, May 8, 2014

8:00 p.m. – Little Stage Theater

Friday, May 9, 2014

World Premiere
Includes a post-performance VIP champagne celebration sponsored by
Laurent-Perrier (Sarah Halstead) and Sylvano Restaurant (Sylvano Carrara)
8:00 p.m. – Little Stage Theater

May 10 through May 18, 2014
Additional performances

For additional information contact or (305) 674-9220
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Meagan Brus as Dandelion Woman and Kennth Mattice as Bank Examiner (photo credit: David Ramos)

Kennth Mattice as Bank Examiner (photo credit: David Ramos)





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