Bergin/Garvey bluehillme at roadrunner.com
Sun Apr 27 21:28:54 EDT 2014

George Swanson's "Natural Causes Killed Victor" is happening!  Aug 23 - 
24 in Bar Harbor.   Please mark your calendars.

Please send this announcement to your contacts.


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Date: 	Sun, 27 Apr 2014 14:50:25 -0400
From: 	George Swanson <george at katrinasdream.org>
To: 	George Swanson <george at katrinasdream.org>

$2,400 to go.  Can you help?

Budget & Press Release attached.

Tax exempt 501(c)(3) donations may be made toward the costs of producing 
the opera and a DVD to be created by Jeff Dobbs Productions.  To donate 
for the cost of the production and the DVD make a check to */St. 
Saviour’s Parish/*.  Memo: */Opera/*. Mail to St. Saviour’s Parish, 41 
Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609.

For Immediate Release

Van Gorder will Produce Folk Opera


St. Saviour’s Parish, Bar Harbor, announces that Doug Van Gorder will 
produce George Swanson’s opera /Natural Causes Killed Victor /on August 
22 and 23, 2014 before the high altar.The folk opera describes the 
torture and death of Victor Valdez in the Maine State Prison in 2009. In 
2013 Van Gorder produced /Camelot/ to rave reviews for ACT—Acadia 
Community Theater.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Van Gorder’s family moved to Chelsea, a 
Michigan farm town where he became an accomplished oboe player in high 
school.Taking a break from studying liberal arts at the University of 
Michigan led him to skiing in Alta, Utah.Employment opportunities 
brought Doug, a carpenter and his wife, Kathy, a horticulturist to Mount 
Desert Island.Driving his kids to the Grand Theater’s rehearsals of /The 
Scarlet Pimpernel/ in Ellsworth led him to ask Ken Stack and Bob Bahr to 
put him in the chorus.He then became a regular part of the Hancock 
County artistic community.Van Gorder is currently producing /Les 
Miserables/ for ACT to be performed in May.

Metastasized stage 4 melanomas prevented Swanson from producing Natural 
Causes in 2013.Swanson says, “When I saw what Doug had done with 
/Camelot,/ I knew he would bring Victor’s story to life. And he’s great 
as the villain of the opera, the generic governor of Maine, who has no 
redeeming social merit.Doug has also played the devil in ACT’s 
/Godspell./Type casting?”For information dougvan1 at hotmail.com 
<mailto:dougvan1 at hotmail.com>

PHOTO CAPTION:Doug Van Gorder will produce George Swanson’s folk opera 
about a death in the Maine prison after producing /Les Miserables/ this May.

CONTACTS:            Doug Van Gorder, 207 479 1615 
<tel:207%20479%201615> and George Swanson, 207 812 8509 
<tel:207%20812%208509> & 781 643 1581 <tel:781%20643%201581>

George Swanson
george at katrinasdream.org <mailto:george at katrinasdream.org>
www.naturalcausestheopera.org <http://www.naturalcausestheopera.org/>
PREMIERES Aug 22-23, 2014 in Bar Harbor
www.katrinasdream.org <http://www.katrinasdream.org/>
A feminist web site in memory of my late wife

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