La Sonnambula

August 20, 22, & 24 @ 7:30 (Potluck at 7) August 25 @ 2pm (potluck at 1:30)

Rengo Studios

64 Joy Street, Somerville, MA 02143

 
Rengo Studios    Auspicious Phoenix Productions    64 Joy Street, Somerville, MA 02143    Show Times   August 20 @ 7:30PM (Potluck 7PM)  August 22 @ 7:30PM (Potluck 7PM)  August 24 @ 7: 30PM (Potluck 7PM)  August 25 @ 2PM Potluck (1:30PM)

Rengo Studios

Auspicious Phoenix Productions

64 Joy Street, Somerville, MA 02143

Show Times

August 20 @ 7:30PM (Potluck 7PM)

August 22 @ 7:30PM (Potluck 7PM)

August 24 @ 7: 30PM (Potluck 7PM)

August 25 @ 2PM Potluck (1:30PM)

Synopsis

Setting: A small secluded European town in the mountains. 

Act I

Scene 1

It is the day before Amina and Elvino are to be married. Alessio and the townspeople are preparing the festivities while Lisa, the innkeeper, laments the whole affair trying to avoid Alessio, who has a crush on her, and the frivolity around her. Amina arrives and graciously thanks the townspeople for their generosity and well-wishes. She shares her excitement of being married to Elvino to her mother, Teresa. The Notary arrives to approve the wedding and shortly afterwards, Elvino walks into the party coming from his mother’s grave to ask a blessing from her. The townspeople celebrate the couple in a wondrous ceremony. Suddenly, a stranger shows up to town with knowledge of the area. This man, Rodolfo, explains that he grew up here but has been gone for many years. While Lisa offers him lodging at the inn. Rodolfo finds out that he interrupted the festivities and sees Amina, who he says reminds him of a past love. Teresa and the townspeople warn Rodolfo not to stay out after dark as there is a ghost that haunts the streets at night. After everyone else leaves, Elvino admits that he was jealous that Amina did not reject Rodolfo’s words of admiration. They make up after assuring each of their vows and leave for their beds.

Scene 2

Rodolfo is in his room when Lisa comes in saying that the town knows he is the son of the past Count. The two flirt when suddenly a sound comes from outside the door. Lisa hides in the room while Rodolfo sees a figure coming toward him. It is Amina in her nightclothes and she appears to be sleepwalking. Rodolfo thinks to take advantage of the situation when she believes him to be Elvino. Eventually he rejects her mistaken advances and leaves the room. The townspeople come in to surprise Rodolfo but are stunned themselves when they see a woman in the room. Lisa drags in Elvino and shows him Amina in the bed. Amina wakes to the commotion and is startled and confused. She flocks to her lover but Elvino rejects her and accuses her of cheating. He calls off the wedding in anger. With the town turned against her except for her mother, Amina and Teresa flee the scene.

Act II

Scene 1 

The townspeople seek Rodolfo to find out the truth about Amina in his room. Meanwhile, Teresa assures Amina that everything will be fine. Amina sulks and is heartbroken as she is innocent and faithful of the allegations against her. Elvino finds Amina and treats her again with spite. The townspeople return to say that Rodolfo has exonerated Amina of her actions. Elvino refuses to believe them and leaves.

Scene 2

Alessio once again tries to win the heart of Lisa. She shrugs him off again now believing that she can marry Elvino. Alessio threatens to go to Rodolfo to clear up the situation. Then, the townspeople declare that Lisa is now Elvino’s new bride. Ecstatic, Lisa basks in her victory. Elvino comes to take her to the temple to be married but Rodolfo stops them. He explains to everyone that Amina is innocent and that she was sleepwalking when she came into his room. The town rejects the explanation until Teresa bursts onto the scene. She explains that Amina has finally fallen asleep from exhaustion and grief. Also, she has found Lisa’s kerchief in Rodolfo’s room and accuses her of infidelity and Rodolfo confirms the flirtation. After working through the sudden string of events, Elvino and the town ask for proof of Amina and her sleepwalking. Amina stumbles across a precarious perch, a somnambulist in action. She laments that Elvino no longer loves her but declares that she will always him. She walks to saftey and Elvino and the town are able to wake her. Elvino reaffirms his love for her and that the wedding is back. Amina regains her happiness and joy as the town celebrates the rejoined couple and her innocence.