The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present a unique musical comedy show, Cooking with the Calamari Sisters, on Friday at 8 p.m.
"We're very excited to be presenting this production," says Opera House Executive Director Rick Davis. "Known as the 'All-Singing, All-Dancing, All-Cooking Musical,' this show is very funny. It has great characters, one-liners, a bit of slapstick and audience participation. And it features a number of old Italian songs that many in our community grew up listening to." Davis notes that the show is intended for mature audiences as some of the humor is adult in nature.
The show features two larger-than-life Italian sisters, Delphine and Carmella Calamari, who host their own public access cable cooking show, MANGIA ITALIANO. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Delphine and Carmela are the darlings of the Bay Ridge culinary community. Their show is always cooking up fun with new family stories, wacky dishes and crazy song-and-dance routines to favorite tunes from the Italian-American songbook and beyond.
Hilarity, bawdiness, failed dishes and food fights ensue during this live “broadcast” of a public access cable cooking show hosted by two larger-than-life Italian sisters, Delphine and Carmela Calamari.
This particular episode of their show is definitely out of the ordinary because it is Carmela's last day on the show the sisters are splitting up. Carmela is moving on. She laughs and says, "basically, I've hit the big time! Well, not the big time that would be the Food Network!"
With a little help in the kitchen from audience members, the sisters fill two hours with hilarity and musical numbers as they try to make it through their final broadcast together in one piece. The sisters sing and dance their way through four courses of Italian food with such beloved favorites as Volare, Come On a My House, Botcha Me, Que Sera Sera, That's Amore, and of course, Mambo Italiano!
Cooking with the Calamari Sisters is part of the Spotlight Series of events, generously sponsored by DFT Communications. Tickets are $23 ($20 for Opera House members) and may be purchased in person or by phone at 679-1891 Tuesday through Friday, 1-5 p.m. and Saturday, 2-5 p.m. or online anytime at www.fredopera.org. This event also is made possible, in part, with support from the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County.
The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in the Village of Fredonia Town Hall in downtown Fredonia. A complete schedule of events for the Opera House is available at www.fredopera.org.