Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins

Produced by ArtisTree Music Theatre Festival and presented by ArtisTree Community Arts Center @ The Grange Theatre at ArtisTree

65 Stage Road, South Pomfret, VT, United States

August 29, 2019 - September 14, 2019


Behind the scenes

Stephen Temperley (Playwright) & Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill (Director)


Georga Osborne

Performance Type



A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins. Souvenir is a memory play framed by the recollections of pianist Cosme McMoon about his longtime relationship with tone deaf 1940s society warbler Florence Foster Jenkins. In the pantheon of unforgettable divas, there has never been a soprano to rival the legendary, indomitable, Madame Florence. Fashionable New York audiences flocked to their "by invitation only" concerts.

Dubbed by her critics as the "Dire Diva of Din," passionate music lover and wealthy socialite, Florence Foster Jenkins enjoyed a remarkably successful concert career even though she was unburdened by talent and deliriously tone deaf.

Her story is told through the eyes of her pianist, Cosme McMoon. A truly talented musician, he regards her at first as a little more than an easy way to pay the rent, but his initial contempt gives way to reluctant admiration, then friendship and a unique kind of love.

Their bizarre partnership yielded off-key recitals that earned them standing ovations and cultish fame-culminating in a sold-out performance at Carnegie Hall.

Get to know this epic musical odd-couple in Souvenir, a tuneful comedy which beguiles the hopeful artist that lives in us all.

Florence Foster Jenkins true story was recently told in the Oscar nominated film starring Meryl Streep.



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