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She's so bad, shes good.

Posted by Annie Tomak on September 16, 2014

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Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins by Stephen Temperley, tells the true story of an eccentric socialite who became famous for her certainty that she was a great soprano, despite her apparent lack of talent. Unfortunately for Jenkins, her great love of music and drive to succeed in the industry was not mirrored in her abilities. She did succeed in the industry, just not in the way that she had anticipated.

However, there is no lack of talent with the REP cast! It takes a very gifted person to tackle the job of being awful. Jill Keating talks about the challenges of conquering this difficult role, and making ignorance appear genuine.

“I wondered going into this role if it might be better just to have someone tap out on the piano a wrong version of an aria and just memorize that by ear.  Our music director, Jane Howell wanted me to have the voice come out of the acting and not be so set in what was going to happen.”

You may be thinking, “Why on earth would anyone pay to see someone sing terribly?” the answer is simple. It is delightfully hilarious!
The REP Professional Theatre Company’s Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins opens Friday, Sept. 26, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 12 in the Studio Theatre. Tickets are $24-27.


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