This lady’s not so naughty and sounds very nice.

Published on Thu, Oct 11, 2001
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This lady’s not so naughty and
sounds very nice.

At first glance, “Naughty Ladies of the Night” would seem to be a bit of an ironic title to show in Blaine following the recent uproar over the downtown adult bookstore. But Sandy Wolf of the Pacific Arts Association says that she would take her six-year-old grandson to see it. “There is nothing risqué in this show. This is a collage of historical theater,” Wolf said.

“Naughty Ladies of the Night,” features Nancy Hermiston who will express the joys, sorrows and exhilaration of women through some of our culture’s greatest musical gems. As explained by Wolf, a woman’s power has traditionally resulted from her sexuality or naughtiness. Some of the women portrayed are victims of circumstance, others are protagonists.

Hermiston’s selections include “Queen of the Night” from The Magic Flute, “Musetta’s Aria” from La Boheme, “I Can’t Say No” from Oklahoma and “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” from Jesus Christ Superstar.

“Hermiston is extremely, extremely talented,” said Connie Orgonas a Blaine resident who was on the music faculty at Rice University in Houston, TX. “She (Hermiston) has performed with opera companies in Nuremberg, Innsbruck, Dusseldorf and Mainz and has made guest appearances with many North American opera and symphony organizations.”

When not celebrating outrageous females in song, Hermiston is head of both the opera and voice department at the University of British Columbia. She is recognized as one of Europe’s most versatile and exciting vocal artists.
“This show is for kids on up,” Orgonas said. “It’s wonderful entertainment for the entire family.”

“Naughty Ladies of the Night” will be performed October 13 at 7:30 pm in Blaine’s Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for students and are available at Village Books in Fairhaven, Resort Semiahmoo and Steamers in Blaine. To order by phone call Ken at 360/332-9561 or for more information call Sandy Wolf at 360/371-0141.
Ms. Hermiston will also be giving a vocal master class for interested voice students in Whatcom County October 13, from 1-3 p.m. at the Blaine PAC. There is no charge to students and the class is sponsored by Semiahmoo Resort Properties. Interested students and teachers should call Ruby Dahl at 332-8536 for more information.

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