This month, she's bringing her dreams to the stage by producing a performance of Donizetti's "The Elixir of Love" at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at the Kimball Theatre on Merchants Square.
Her Opera in Williamsburg company will showcase young professional singers. The cast features tenor Jonathan Blalock as Nemorino, baritone Gustavo Feulien as Belcore, baritone Sidney Outlaw as Doctor Dulcamara and soprano Tal Ganor as Adina. The singers will be backed by a piano-violin-clarinet trio.
All of the singers have performed with the International Vocal Arts Institute run by Joan Dornemann and Paul Nadler, two opera conductor-coaches associated with the Metropolitan Opera. Each July, the institute runs a vocal program in Tel Aviv where Zahavi-Ely, an Israeli native, lives during the summer. Her passion for opera was kindled attending those performances.
The institute's productions showcase young singers with minimal sets and costumes, a concept that Zahavi-Ely believes can work in Williamsburg. Her creative team also includes stage director Carlos Conde and music director/conductor Jorge Parodi, who have worked with the institute over the years.
"The Elixir of Love" will be sung in Italian with English surtitles.
Tickets are $45 adults; $40 seniors, teachers/faculty and military; $15 students. They're available by calling 800-HISTORY.
Showstoppers Productions is bringing the Off-Broadway hit, "The Marvelous Wonderettes," to the Kimball Theatre in October.
Set in 1958 at a high school prom, the show looks at the lives, loves and dreams of four girl friends. The score is a revue of more than 20 pop hits from the '50s and '60s, including "Lollipop," "Dream Lover," "Stupid Cupid" and "It's My Party."
The Showstoppers company was founded by professional actress Susie Butler and Jeffrey Nicoloff, who teaches at Walsingham Academy and is directing the show.
Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. October 10, 12-13 and 19-20, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Oct 14 and 21. Tickets are $22 general admission, $20 seniors, students and military, and they're available by calling 800-HISTORY.
On Dec. 16, Showstoppers will present Andrea McArdle in "Need a Little Christmas? Holiday Songs from a Broadway Baby." McArdle played the title role in the original "Annie" on Broadway. Call 800-HISTORY for ticket information.
More information on the company is available online at http://www.showstoppersproductions.org.
Beauty For Ashes Gala
Beauty for Ashes Dance & Theatre Company will present its Arts Save Lives gala from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Chamberlin Hotel in Hampton.
The black-tie event will include dinner and an auction plus performances by saxophonist Jason Taylor, poet Angelique Figueroa and the Beauty for Ashes Dance Company. Proceeds will benefit the company's education and outreach programs.
Tickets $85 single, $150 couple, $100 VIP, and can be obtained by calling 757-848-5356 or online at artssavelivesgala.eventbrite.com.
Choreographed by company director David Riddick, "ONE" deals with the various stages of love couples go through as their relationship matures.