DAIRY FARMER MARKS COURT APPEARANCE WITH NEW OPERETTA
Not many defendants mark their acquittal by staging a comic operetta. But Michael Schmidt, dairy farmer, food activist, and artistic director of Symphony in the Barn, is far from ordinary.
Adapted from a short comic operetta by Gilbert & Sullivan, Schmidt’s production of Milk Trial by Jury, opens 8pm Friday, July 30th at Symphony in the Barn, on a working farm in Durham, Ontario. This musical retelling of his legal battle with powerful lobby groups and provincial bureaucrats emerged from Schmidt’s January acquittal on charges relating to his dairy operation.
Milk Trial by Jury stars Donna Ellen Trifunovich, Resident Soloist at the Vienna State Opera. Also appearing: A Swell Chaos, high-energy neo-vaudeville starring Second City Alumni Jenny Parsons and Steve Morel.
Milk Trial runs Friday, July 30th to Sunday, August 1st with evening performances on Friday and Saturday and 2pm matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets at the door for $35; $10 for children. For more information or to reserve your seats, contact Symphony in the Barn at 519-369-6773 or visit http://www.symphonyinthebarn.com.
For more information or for interviews, contact
Michael Schmidt at 519-369-8137 or
Kimm Culkin at 519-369-3587