About Us

Since its founding in 1935, the mission of the Village Light Opera Group (VLOG) has been to enrich its community by presenting high-quality amateur theatrical productions and offering hands-on theatrical experience. Initially, VLOG focused on rarely-performed light operas and musicals but our activities have recently expanded to include a broader range of performance genres. We now present concerts, cabarets and both full-scale and semi-staged operettas and musicals. We strive to offer the highest level of theatrical experience to our members while also providing affordable performances for our community.

Our mainstage productions include as many as forty cast members, plus myriad behind-the-scenes volunteers who build the sets and costumes and keep the group “on its feet.” Our concerts and cabarets are designed to give members the chance to showcase their strengths and challenge themselves in new ways, whether on their own or as part of a duet or small ensemble.

Our volunteer membership is the core of each show and the backbone of all off-stage activity. We take great pride in the network of friends and family we have built throughout our 80 years of merry-making. Nearly 70 couples have met and married within VLOG. It is no longer unusual to see three generations of one family in a performance! To sustain this camaraderie, we schedule many social activities between performances, such as an annual fund-raising concert and summer get-away weekend in Vermont. We also organize monthly VLOG membership events that take advantage of all NYC has to offer, whether it’s enjoying a free outdoor performance, ice skating in Central Park, singing show tunes at Marie’s Crisis, or attending a holiday gathering at a member’s home.

Please Join Us

You don’t have to be a performer to join VLOG! We know it “takes a village” to put on shows and run a theater group. We welcome accountants, designers, web programmers, carpenters, costumers, lawyers — you name it. If you’re looking to build community and you delight in the shared experience of presenting old and new theatrical works, please consider joining VLOG. Drop a line to our Membership Chairperson and tell us a little bit about yourself and your interest.

 

Meet the Village Light Opera Group’s 2018-2019 Board of Directors!

Cathy Cavender – Director/Crew Search Committee
After a hiatus of more than three decades, Cathy returned to performing in 2014. She has since appeared with VLOG as Ma Strong in Urinetown and in the ensemble of Anything Goes.  Other shows include Follies and Meet Me in St. Louis (Curtain Call, Stamford) and Into the Woods (Cinderella’s Mother; Musicals at Richter, Danbury).  Cathy has also appeared in numerous cabaret showcases and student/independent films.  She is the managing editorial director of special Interest media at Athlon/Parade Publishing and lives in Norwalk, CT.

Geoff Gaebe – Co-President
Geoff returns the VLOG board after a 10+ year hiatus. Since joining the group in 2000, Geoff has been active onstage, backstage, and as part of the creative side. Geoff looks forward to an exciting season, and hopes to keep the positive momentum inherited from the outgoing board going.

Colin Godwin – Co-President
Colin is a veteran of a multitude of theatrical productions (including VLOG’s Candide & Urinetown), concerts, cabarets & piano bars, and is elated to continue with the board as the Donna Murphy to Geoff’s Bette Midler, or is he the Bette to Geoff’s Donna… hhhmmmm… He also brings a wealth of business experience from the worlds of commercial offices and legal staffing which will serve the board well.

Rachel Smith Goodman – Membership Committee
Rachel is very excited to be joining the VLOG Board.  VLOG: CurtainsAnything GoesCandide, Pirates of PenzanceThe EventsScrooge, and Carousel.  Other performances include The Boy FriendPirates of Penzance, and  Iolanthe (Blue Hill Troupe), Thespis (Gilbert and Sullivan Light Opera of Long Island), Murder in The Cathedral (Brooklyn Arts) and The Great Supper (Empire Opera). She has also performed at The Triad NYC, Symphony Space, and at the ACDA National Convention.  Her favorite role is music teacher to the amazing students at P.S. 150 in Sunnyside, Queens.  She is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music.

Stephanie Haring – President Emeritus
Stephanie is celebrating her 9th season with VLOG! She has served on the Board of Directors twice, and is a past chair of the Membership Committee. Favorite VLOG Credits include Cinderella (Into the Woods), Hope (Urinetown), Chava (Fiddler on the Roof), and co-producer of the acclaimed 2016 in-concert production of Candide. When not appearing onstage or volunteering backstage, Stephanie is the Assistant Director of Education Services at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy’s New York campus.

James Higgins – Artistic Direction Committee
James is a music director, pianist, and sound designer with 30 years of international experience. Thus far with VLOG, he has done Company, Anything Goes, Miscast, Urinetown, Curtains, and Into The Woods. He is really happy they asked him to stick around for a while. Off Broadway: Me The People, Old Jews Telling Jokes, Living With HenryNYC: Follies, Astoria Stories (APAC)Goddess Wheel by Galt McDermott (premiere), Gefilte Fish Chronicles (also performed at the White House), Ludwig Live (Subculture), tons of cabarets; Regional: music/lyrics for The Great One, the New Hockey Musical (Short North Stage, Columbus OH), Ragtime, South Pacific, Candide and dozens more.

Edward Kamholz – Marketing Committee
Other than VLOG, Ed plays competitive volleyball and is an overcritical theatergoer.  Favorite two shows performed in at VLOG:  The Most Happy Fella and On the 20th Century. Favorite non-VLOG shows performed in:  Forum and Crazy For You. Honored to be recruited for the Board!

Ben Watts – Production Committee
A VLOG member for over 7 years, Ben has performed in 7 VLOG shows, countless Regional Theatres, and the national tour of A Christmas Carol as Bob Cratchit. He’s excited to be a member of the board, and can’t wait to help produce this year’s shows!