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Chi's Light Opera Works Names Lara Teeter A.D.

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CHICAGO-Veteran performer, director, and choreographer Lara Teeter has been appointed artistic director of Light Opera Works (LOW), the Evanston, Ill. company celebrating its 20th anniversary next year.

A Tony Award nominee for the Broadway revival of "On Your Toes," Teeter also played the Scarecrow in "The Wizard of Oz," opposite Eartha Kitt and Mickey Rooney.

More to the point, Teeter has extensive national credentials as a director and choreographer of operettas, operas, and musicals. Teeter assumes the full-time job on Sept. 1.

Teeter was selected from a field of 75 candidates to succeed LOW co-founder Philip Kraus, who was made emeritus artistic director last winter after policy disagreements with co-founder and Managing Director Bridget McDonough and the LOW board.

With a graying audience for Victorian, Viennese, and early-20th- century operettas, LOW has moved haltingly into musical theatre with revivals of Kurt Weill's Broadway repertory, plus "The Golden Apple" and "Wonderful Town."

While Kraus maintained impeccable musical standards, LOW productions often sported shop-worn scenery and ham-handed direction. To attract a larger, younger audience, Teeter will need to improve physical productions and expand repertory for LOW's three yearly mainstage shows and one second-stage show. LOW's fiscal 2000 budget is $800,000.

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