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P.O Box 1922
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
Phone (734) 973-3264
Fax (734) 973-6281
Email: constu@comcast.net
www.comicoperaguild.org

Show Tours Are Affordable!

The Comic Opera Guild (COG), a Professional/Semi-Professional theater company, was the brain child of Thomas Petiet. Celebrating 30 years of performing and tours, it brings quality productions with some of the finest singers and actors the region has to offer. COG is available year round to bring in full shows, orchestra and all, to regional venues. If you are a local Arts Council, a college or university, or education /recreation department, the Comic Opera Guild may have a show for you. COG has smaller shows, concerts, and children’s shows, that can be tailored to your needs, and performed in a variety of venues.

For Corporate events, COG has Broadway theme concerts, Opera/operetta nights, and private parties can also be accommodated.

The Comic Opera Guild has been a regular member of the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs touring catalog, which allows qualifying organizations to apply for funds (grants) to cover all or part of the expenses of bringing in a COG tour. This makes a Comic Opera Guild show your best entertainment value for a presenter.

Would local orchestras want to bring in a COG Tour?

The Comic Opera Guild frequently enjoys the pleasure of appearing as the guest of symphony orchestras. These appearances are available in a remarkable variety of configurations: costumes or no costumes, full set, chorus or principals only, and occasionally incorporating celebrities or local choral ensembles. This format offers remarkable flexibility. The possibilities are truly endless!

How can you bring a Comic Opera Guild tour to your community?

Either email us at constu@comcast.net or simply fill out the information request form and send it to us. We will get in touch with you to answer any questions that you may have. If you decide to sponsor a tour, we will send you a contract agreement.

FOR A TOUR ESTIMATE FORM, PLEASE CLICK HERE

Once an agreement is signed, we will send a team to meet with you at your theatre to discuss details. Your publicity materials will be sent as soon as possible. On the morning of the performance day, our crew will arrive with the set, followed in the afternoon by the cast. After the performance, we will clear the theatre within an hour and a half.

Are all our tours always that efficient ?

They have to be. We have devoted a great deal of planning and energy to ensure that our tours are properly managed. In asking a sponsor to commit themselves to us, we can do no less that what they expect.

OFFERINGS

Main production: A full-scale production includes cast/chorus, orchestra and scenery. Available February-April, dependent on original opening date. Other dates will be considered. TYPICAL CAST: 20-35; ORCH: 20; CREW/DIRECTORS: 9.

One Act Opera: A show that is about one-hour in duration, and may be done as part of a larger concert. Supplied with parts for orchestra, or may be performed piano only. Available yearly. TYPICAL CAST: 3-6. CREW: 2

Concerts/revues: The Guild can perform concerts and revues with four to six performers, and piano. Available continually. TYPICAL CAST & PIANIST: 5-7; CREW: 1

TERMS

Guild provides production, publicity materials and programs (if desired);

Sponsor provides performance fee, theater, tickets and local promotion. Sponsor may also provide the orchestra. Overnight accommodation is usually necessary for distances over 100 miles from Ann Arbor. Show costs are based on number of performances, size of production and distance from Ann Arbor. Cost formula for one show is as follows:

MAIN PRODUCTION:

SHOW $3,5 00.00

ORCHESTRA $2,000.00

MEALS (Lunch and Dinner, minimum) $15.00 per person

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS (if required) To Be Determined

TRAVEL $ 0.10/mile/person

SET TRUCK $ 300 +$0.75/mile

PROGRAMS (optional) $ 0.30 ea.

Options:

• May be performed as concert version. Sets would not be used. Costumes may or may not be used, as desired. Please ask for cost quote. In concert form, the orchestra and singers would appear on stage together.

• Meals and/or overnight accommodation may be provided by sponsor or by us.

• Sponsor may provide crew

• Multiple performances available at a discounted fee

Final fee will vary dependent on options chosen.

ONE-ACT OPERA:

SHOW $1,500.00 - 2,000.00

ORCHESTRA $1,500-2,000

or

ACCOMPANIST $200.00

MEALS (if overnight only) $8.00 per person/meal

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS (if required) To Be Determined

TRAVEL $ 0.20/mile/person

PROGRAMS (optional) $ 0.10 ea.

CONCERT

SHOW $1,000.00 - $1,500

ORCHESTRA $1,500-2,000

or

ACCOMPANIST $200.00

MEALS (if overnight only) $8.00 per person/meal

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS (if required) To Be Determined

TRAVEL $ 0.20/mile/person

PROGRAMS (optional) $ 0.10 ea.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

MAIN SHOW: Theater with flying capability and theatrical lighting system. Stage should be a minimum of 25' W x 25' D. Dressing and makeup rooms for cast. Pit required for orchestra. If performed in concert version without scenery: concert hall with concert lighting, no flying capability. Technical staff will require access to stage for full day of performance if scenery is used.

NOTE: The show can be adapted to include staging and scenery with orchestra behind, if desired (large stage required).

ONE-ACT OPERA: May be performed in theater or concert hall. If performed in an activity room or other space, performing area should be at least 20’ W x 15’ D. Set materials consist of furniture pieces. Additional set materials may be added, if desired.

CONCERT: Piano and room of sufficient size to allow movement of 5-6 singers, minimum.