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Are you looking for some unusual, vital entertainment for your upcoming event? Hire the L. A. Soprani Sisters!
We are looking for opportunities to sing all over Southern California. We are happy to sing for a social club, breakfast group, business meeting, bible study, party, or special event of any other kind. We also would love to be featured entertainers at a recital hall, concert, art gallery, or museum. We offer different musical programs from which you can choose. Scroll down to see a list and descriptions of our programs, our requirements, and a contact form.
The Story of the Code through Classical Song
This is our essential program. Twenty carefully-chosen classical songs tell the story of the Motion Picture Production Code from the transition to talking pictures in 1927 to the adoption of the rating system in 1968 and its subsequent effect on art and society during the last fifty years. We take turns singing songs which propel the story through every exciting chapter. Tiffany speaks before every song to create a thread that ties the whole program together. The music includes four songs from classic movies, two opera arias, two operetta songs, and many art songs. The largely-English program is supplemented by one Portuguese song, two Italian songs, two French songs, and one Latin song. This program is comprehensive enough to make the whole story of the Code clear to someone who had never even heard of the Code before attending the concert. It is an ideal first program and a perfect choice for a group which is interested in Hollywood history.
Note: Rebekah performs one dance in pointe shoes, so there must be at least a small space for her to dance.
Soprani of the Silver Screen
This is our lightest program. It is comprised of nineteen songs that were sung by soprani in classic films. We take turns singing the songs which were made immortal by Jeanette MacDonald, Deanna Durbin, Irene Dunne, Rise Stevens, Kathryn Grayson, and Jane Powell. Even if you don’t recognize the names of all our songs, you will certainly recognize many of the melodies. This is a very light-hearted, entertaining program which focuses on the wonderful music made during the Code. Tiffany speaks before every song to explain when each song was sung, in what movie, and by whom. The music is a cheerful mix of light classical pieces, famous opera arias, and operetta pieces. You will be enchanted by this musical celebration of the lovely singing ladies of the silver screen!
Sacred Songs of the Code
This is our sacred program. The repertoire includes twenty Christian songs which were sung or played in Code films. When the Code was adopted by Hollywood in 1934, it was the beginning of really showing religion in movies. In a difficult time like the Great Depression, people turned to religion for help and guidance. Movies also began to be a more serious nature. They often included clergyman and religious moments to add inspiring and meaningful messages to movies. The Code required that all religions be depicted fairly, accurately, and respectfully. Thus, religion was no longer a laughing stock or a subject for comedy, as it had been in earlier films. Our program contains twenty songs of diverse Christian denominations. Six of them are Catholic, six are African-American spirituals, and the other eight are traditional hymns of mainly Protestant churches. This program can be performed from a strictly historical point of view or with a religious message. If the latter is chosen, we will sing one final song which is not from a movie, “If God Be For Us” from Handel’s Messiah.
Our Favorite Code Musicals
This is another program which celebrates great singers of the Code years. The program features one song from each year between 1935 and 1954. We chose our favorite musical from each year, and from each movie we chose a light piece which the leading lady sang. The repertoire is comprised of light operetta pieces and some songs from Broadway musicals. The songs are all pieces which were sung by Jeanette MacDonald, Kathryn Grayson, Susannah Foster, and Jane Powell. The program, which is entirely English, is our lightest offering. It is a very light-hearted example of the lovely, non-operatic music which was sung by operatic soprani during the Breen era. By showing this musical standard that remained throughout these twenty years, we musically show the fact that the Code years were the Golden Age of Hollywood musicals!
Our Favorite Nonmusical Code Films
This program features songs which represent films we love from each year of the Breen era. Unlike “Our Favorite Code Musicals,” this program features no songs that are actually sung in movies. These movies are selections from 1935 and 1954 which are not musicals. Some of the songs are played instrumentally in the movies they represent. The others represent the movies because of similar themes and pertinent lyrics. The repertoire is a diverse mix of classical pieces in various languages that are tied together by Tiffany’s speaking between songs. It is Hollywood history told through twenty individual movies, brought to life by twenty classical songs.
The Academy’s Favorite Code Films
This program, like “Our Favorite Nonmusical Code Films,” features twenty songs to represent one movie per year from 1935 to 1954. However, these movies are not our selections. This program features songs which represent winners of the Academy’s Best Picture Awards for these years. From Mutiny on the Bounty to On the Waterfront, this program is not only an entertaining recital of classical songs but an informative lesson on Academy Award history during the Golden Age of Hollywood. In addition to the multilingual texts and varies genres, this program reveals the self-regulation which went into these movies. Tiffany will provide a little talk before each song that explains the process by which the Production Code Administration helped to make these movies the award-winning classics that they are.
The Academy’s Leading Ladies of the Code
This program is related to the previous one, “The Academy’s Favorite Code Films,” in the fact that it is about Academy Award winning films from the Breen era. However, this program does not focus on the Best Picture winners each year. Instead, it focuses on the Best Actress winners of each year. On a few occasions, such as the instances of Gone with the Wind and Mrs. Miniver, the Best Actress was from the Best Picture. Usually, however, the Best Actress Award was given to a leading lady who stood out in a film, even if the film itself was not considered the year’s best. We have chosen a repertoire of twenty diverse songs for this musical program. Each song represents not just the movie itself. It represents the character for which the actress won the award in each individual year. As we embody these characters through our singing and acting, we shall also illustrate the Code’s influence on each movie.
Our Favorite Opera Roles
This is our most operatic program. It celebrates the wonderful music and stories in classic operas. Opera students train themselves by learning the arias and ensembles from the roles which they will someday play. A soprano cannot sing every role ever written for the soprano voice, since there are many specific fachs, voice types, within each vocal division. We have been studying roles which are suitable for our voices for years. Each of us has selected her ten favorite operatic roles. The repertoire for this program is comprised of a favorite aria from each of our favorite roles. The program is completed by two duets from these operas which are performed by roles which Rebekah and I can sing. The music, which is by classical composers such as Handel, Mozart, and Donizetti, is mostly in Italian, with some selections in German, French, and English. With our costumes, acting, and singing, we hope to convey to you the spirit of real opera in the traditional way it was meant to be seen.
Customize Your Own Program
Do you have an event for which you would like a specialized program? We may be able to make one for you! Although we usually have programs with themes based on Old Hollywood topics, we are willing to have some sort of other neutral theme. For instance, we would be happy to perform a group of flower-themed songs for a garden club or a program of bird songs for a bird-watchers group. We also could perform songs which were appropriate for a bridal shower, baby shower, birthday party, or other themed event. Bear in mind that, even when we perform programs that are not related to our cause, we will say something about PEPS and our goals. Perhaps you want to have a Golden Age of Hollywood theme that is not on our list of programs. We’d be happy to help you formulate a customized Hollywood theme. We could do a program about a specific genre of film, such as a film noir program or a gangster film program. We could also do a program about a specific film artist who performed in the golden era. In addition, we could probably build a program around one classic film, although we might have to add something else to make it long enough, depending on what film it was. While we are flexible to create unique programs, we base our programs and concerts on the Code and the Breen era, which was from 1934 to 1954. Thus, we probably would not want to do a program about a pre-Code film like Red Dust or a post-Code film like The Godfather, unless to show contrast to the Code. We are open to making comparisons to the Code and entertainment and society from other times. We have to take films and content from the Shurlock era (1954-1968) under advisement, since it was still officially under the Code. Not all program ideas may be possible. We may have counter-suggestions.
Note: Please notify us at least two months in advance for a customized program. We may need to find new music and prepare it. We appreciate additional time for preparing a customized program.
Are you having trouble deciding on which program to choose? Here are a few tips. If you are interested in a historical program, we suggest “The Story of the Code Through Classical Song.” It teaches the most about the history of the Code while being filled with entertaining music. If you would like a light program, we suggest “Soprani of the Silver Screen” or “Our Favorite Code Musicals.” Both of these programs have many English operetta selections which you will recognize and find yourself humming. While “Soprani of the Silver Screen” features some opera arias and a few foreign languages, “Our Favorite Code Musicals” is all English, being comprised just of operetta music and musical theater pieces; it is our lightest program. If you are planning a program at a church or for some religious organization, you might like “Sacred Songs of the Code,” since it is comprised entirely of sacred music featured in Code films. The three remaining programs are mixed selections of classical songs, each of which represents one movie from each year of the Breen era. If you are interested in hearing songs which are inspired by Academy Award-winning films, we suggest “The Academy’s Favorite Code Films” or “The Academy’s Leading Ladies of the Code.” The first one is about Best Picture films, and the second is about the female roles which won Best Actress. “Our Favorite Nonmusical Code Films” is based on nonmusical films that we chose for each year. While not Best Picture or Best Actress winners, the movies our songs represent are true gems. If you want a very classical program, we recommend “Our Favorite Opera Roles.” It is composed entirely of arias from our favorite opera roles. If none of these fit your needs, you may want to consider a customized program!
Our Performance Requirements
We can perform in any room that has at least a small area where we can stand in front of the audience. We need a piano for our accompanist to play. If the room has a piano, we will be happy to use it. We require it to be in tune. If the room does not have a piano, we can bring our own electric baby grand piano. We also need space for our small screen and projector for slides. A little more room is required for “The Story of the Code Through Classical Song,” since Rebekah performs a ballet dance in that program. The most important thing is that the floor be solid, preferably wood, linoleum, or concrete. Since Rebekah will wear toe shoes for this dance, it would be dangerous for her to dance on carpet. In most of our programs, we make a few costume changes during the program, so we will need some sort of a changing area. It could be an adjoining room, a larger closet, or some sort of a private area created by a curtain.
As artists, we require some money for our talent. Our price for a performance covers our singing, our accompanist, our costumes, and our travel costs; in addition, we use our performances to raise money to support our cause of bringing back the Code.
The price for a performance anywhere in Southern California is $1000. If you are interested in having us perform any farther away than that in or out of California, we will have to discuss a customized travel arrangement.
The money which we receive for our performances pays for our costumes, music, equipment, and the other costs of performing. Any additional money goes to the Pure Entertainment Preservation Society, which procures many expenses in its efforts to bring back the Code.
Our performances are a little over an hour long including both the music and Tiffany’s speaking. We can have a short intermission in the middle of the program if you want one. At the end of our programs, we always give a brief explanation of PEPS, our cause, and our goals. We are looking for donors and supporters, so we hope that our audience members will be impressed and interested enough to want to participate in the cause and offer their aid, financial or otherwise. You can specify how much your group would like to know about a certain aspect of our cause, or you can leave all the decisions to us.
Please fill out the form below if you are interested in hiring us to sing for your upcoming event or group. We will respond to you in no longer than a day or two.