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‘CAMP WEDDING’ IS HOLLYWOOD’S NEW ‘BLACK MIRROR’ ON SOCIAL MEDIA OBSESSION — Grit Daily

“Based on the Executive Producer, Cara Consilvio’s own wedding at a summer camp, Camp Wedding is a wedding comedy that stumbles into a summer camp horror movie, but since the two genres are communicating exclusively via text, the tone doesn’t really get communicated. Had the bride and groom had done their research beforehand, or at very least, communicated face-to-face, they probably wouldn’t have chosen Camp Pocumtuck to play host to what was supposed to be the happiest day of their lives.”

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CAMP WEDDING: A Story Of Love, Marriage…and Hilarious High-Tech Horror! — Medium

“From selfish selfies to mystifying misunderstandings, the characters of Camp Wedding battle to survive some deadly digital dangers before they lose the power to stop them. As Emetaz and Consilvio discuss in this interview, Camp Wedding is a funny yet cautionary tale of electronic miscommunication run amok; one told on the big scale of a feature-length comedy.”

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PERFORMANCE REVIEW: Gaetano Donizetti — L’ELISIR D’AMORE (J. Burns, D. Blalock, G. Gerbrandt, B. Banion, E. Mandzik; Piedmont Opera, 15 March 2019) — Voix des Arts

“Directed by Cara Consilvio, Piedmont Opera’s production of L’elisir d’amore was visually appealing, genuinely funny, and touching without being cartoonish, foolish, or embarrassingly sentimental. The pacing of the opera’s action exploited the expert comic timing of the production team and the cast, incorporating a whirlwind of physicality that rarely interfered with the science of singing.”

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Piedmont Opera’s “Elixir” is an exuberant romp through love and laughter — Winston-Salem Journal

“The first-act curtain rises on the entire cast in an exquisite frozen tableau, and that is the last time that there is stillness on the stage. As at harvest-time, there is constant movement, bustle and energy, choreographed skillfully by stage director Cara Consilvio.”

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The Elixir of Love at Piedmont Opera - Interview with David Blalock (Nemorino) — Opera Lively

“One thing Cara Consilvio, our director, is trying to really dive into is the humanity of these characters. It's such a ridiculous, over-the-top plot - boy loves girl, girl doesn't love boy, boy drinks what he thinks is love potion in order to get girl to love boy, etc... But if we portray the realistic side of this story, such as the genuine love that Nemorino has for Adina, then the audience can come along for the ride and hopefully, find the story touching and entertaining, rather than just outrageous and ridiculous.”

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TCO's POW opera packs emotional wallop — Broome County Arts Council

“Director Cara Consilvio made the most of the available playing space in the Opera Center’s Savoca Hibbitt Hall: two ramps, two flat spaces, a bench and screen. The images projected onto the screen – war scenes and domestic scenes, images of the time by Scenic Designer Tialoc Lopez-Watermann — added to the drama without distraction.”

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Guest Critic: Opera Company’s ‘Hydrogen Jukebox’ proves ‘provocative contrast to its more standard repertory’ — The Chautauquan Daily

“The staging by Cara Consilvio kept the cast, first appearing in fuchsia robes, constantly ascending and descending two movable stairs of different heights, with their tops sometimes used as podia. Though there were things going on all the time, and costumes changes often onstage, everything seemed quite organically designed. Video projections were used occasionally, but tellingly, to offer clues.”

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TCO’s 'Hansel' is magical

“If you are as worn-out and weary as I was with the recent election season and in need of an uplifting break, I would encourage you to spend a night (or afternoon) in the dark forest, where awaits a gingerbread house and characters who will restore your faith, if not in the political process, at least in humanity and music’s ability to soothe your soul and transport you back to a simpler time: your childhood.”

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