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Jonquil and I are 3 years apart in age. Going on 18, I'm the older one. Jonquil interloped--well, became part of the family when I was about 3. So, go ahead and ask how old he is, so I can be sarcatstic. Please...
                         Portrait of Juniper & Jonquil by RS
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...Oh, it is really our humans you wish to know about? Well, excuse me...
Richard's start in the performing arts came early in San Francisco as a fan bearer in scenes from Aida for a touring opera company run by his parents, Siegfried Sonnenschein and Rebecca Radcliffe Sonnenschein. Suzanne Sonnenschein, his twin appeared as a peasant girl in scenes from Cavalleria Rusticana during the shows. Then there was his time as youngest member of  the San Francisco Boys Chorus under the direction of Madi Bacon, followed by a run as a soloist, along with his sister, with the Kinderchor (aka Kinderfunkchor) des Bayerischen Rundfunks. The Betthupferl (hop into bed) program, a lullaby-and-sleep-tight-oriented show broadcast throughout Bavaria  is the one in which Suzanne and Richard were most often heard. Kurt BrÜggemann was Director/Conductor at the time.
Jetzt Fangen Wir Zum Singen An.(Now we start singing) Advent to Epiphany.
Kinderchor des Bayerischen Rundfunks 1965
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Richard and Holly became friends in 1972 while working summer stock in New Hampshire with the famed New London Barn Players when Norman Ledger was producer.
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Richard co-produced and managed with his mother, Rebecca Sonnenschein Radcliffe the Seattle Music Theatre in 1973, reopening the long dyfunct Moore Theatre; and the Mississippi Valley Opera Company 1975 Opera Festival at the Missouri Baptist College in St. Louis (Creve Coeur), Missouri.
Below: Maria Di Giglio as Suor Angelica in the 1975 Festival
Right: Brian Donohue, Carol Toscano, Donald Nevins, Grant Southard, Paul Barrientos in Festival '75's The Spanish Hour.
The festival was critiqued by Frank Peters of the St. Louis Post Dispatch as "the best opera we've heard in a decade of attempts to revive it in St.Louis since the Metropolitan Opera stopped touring here. This festival has established new standards for the lyric stage in St. Louis. "
In 1979, Albert Kay Concert Artist Management had Richard join the Israel National Opera Company as a principal baritone. He performed many times in repertory and on tour the roles of Schaunard, Morales, Fiorello, Baron Douphol, Dr. Grenville, Yamadori and Monterone, in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa; and delighted in sharing stages with wonderful singers, among them Kathryn Minicozzi, Neyde Thomas, Esther Baumvel and Rio Novello. "His performance was exceptional in every way" wrote Massachusetts Berkshire Eagle critic Amy Hill several years later of his Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha performed two seasons with Berkshire Center for the Performing Arts. Mary Ward (below) and Nancy Oehmich performed Aldonza. The production was honored to have Carola Goya and Matteo on castanets. 
Richard with Mary Ward in Man of La Mancha
                                                                   Richard with Esther Baumvel in Carmen
Stunts and double for John Cassavetes in Brass Target
A few years of singing, acting on stage and in films including DasTausendunderste Jahr (Eberhart Itzenplitz, Director), and producing, here in the U.S.  and abroad, in Germany and Switzerland, brought him to Poughkeepsie, where he for some years shared with Holly the privilege of being House Fellows in Cushing House at VassarCollege 
Brass Target: It was a long way down.
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Mikael in Rasputin am Zarenhof:Bloody!

Since 2002 he has lectured in classroom and provided behind-the-wheel instruction throughout Dutchess, Ulster and Putnam  counties for high school driver education programs. 

He was seen as General Benjamin Lincoln in the the History Channel /Partisan Pictures documentary, "The Revolution," and in the background (a place he finds it hard to stay in) of scenes for Peace, Love & Misunderstanding, a film shot right here in the Hudson Valley. More recently he worked on a wonderful e-book with Ramiro P. Austin on Mexico City.    

 Richard is also delighted and honored to be working with Mike Fraticelli on his
 documentary now seven years in the making. Mike struggles to finish it while
 facing a perplexing lack of interest in it from scholars and funding institutions
Need a voice over? Richard may be able to help!

Television shows come and go:
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Holly, pictured on right in the 1984 Theatre International brochure, and who has shared in this and other theatre-related adventures with Richard, recently retired from the Vassar College Drama Department. For 30 years she taught fashion history and costume design, and designed the costumes for a great number and variety of plays and musicals. She also created the Vassar College Costume Collection that consists primarily of clothing actually worn from 1860-1960. http://issuu.com/miscellanynews/docs/misc_5.22.11_web

Dissertation after the blast in 8 seconds.
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For in-depth information about the collection: http://vcomeka.com/vccc
"Fashion and Fashion Plates." The June, 2014 
Vassar Costume Collection Exhibit.
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Holly continues to work on exhibitions of the Vassar Collection and in costume design. The annual exhibition is always beautiful. It must be seen.  

In 2011, she designed the costumes for Richard Wilson's innumerably-faceted jewel of an opera, "Aethelred The Unready,"  the first fully-staged production of which was presented at Vassar College and Symphony Space in Manhattan. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/27/arts/music/27unready.html
Most recently, Holly designed costumes for the HALFMOON THEATRE'S 2017 production of Yours, Anne.

The Poughkeepsie Anti-Slavery Singers have also taken Holly aboard as their costumer, and she has assisted the VP Dance Academy of Fishkill, New York with costumes for their spectacular 2014 recital. 

Working together with Candace Schuster, she contributed her expertise to some historic exhibits at the beautiful Locust Grove Samuel Morse Estate on Route 9 in Poughkeepsie, New York.
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Above: Winter/Spring exhibition by Candace and Holly for the Locust Grove Samuel Morse Estate.
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Businesses and organizations wishing to entertain customers  with informative displays are invited to inquire about having Candace and Holly tailor exhibits to their individual needs. 
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Tournament of Plays Munich/FranfurtOpera Festival '75other lives...BCPA going great guns...BCPA going great guns...Rebecca Radcliffe-Sonnenschein and twins, Suzanne and Richard
Theatre International's Windblown ChaletIf at last you don't succeed,Mikaelovics in Rasputin im Zarenhof
Irish Arts Center, New York City, Installation of "Outside Looking In." 2000Irish Arts Center, New York City 2000Mississippi Valley Opera Co. Opera Festival '75. Maria DiGiglio as Suor Angelica. If you are in this photo, please contact me, so I may credit properly.Chorus master, Laura Russell(right), and a few members(please get in touch with your names) of chorus by Bardavon stage door.My father thought "Shane" a better stage name.Holly HummelCarola Goya,Richard Sonnenschein,Rebecca Sonnenschein, Leysin, Switzerland.ca.1984Carola Goya and MatteoNew London Barn Players 1972Rebecca Sonnenschein. Richard Sonnenschein. Suzanne Sonnenschein. 1975Suor AngelicaSuor Angelica
Suor AngelicaSuor Angelica. Maria Di Giglio  Edis de PhillipeMagic Mountain PlayhouseWindblown ChaletKurt Bruggemann (with umlaut over u)Holly HummelVirginia Settle and Muriel McCaffrey Petrovics sing duet from Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Circa 1967Virginia Settle and Muriel McCaffrey Petrovics sing duet from Madama Butterfly circa 1967. Mississippi Valley Opera Company.Scenes from Bizet's Carmen in a Saint Louis supper club circa 1967. An early, very happy Mississippi Valley Opera Company.Early Mississippi Valley Opera Company. Circa 1967.Boyd Sever, wonderful bass-baritone, friend and teacher sings Prologue from Pagliacci circa 1967.Rehearsing La Traviata. Mississippi Valley Opera Company circa 1967.Robert (Bob) Childers directs principals and chorus in rehearsal circa 1967.
Mississippi Valley Opera Company. ca. 1967Virginia Settle and Muriel Mc Caffrey Petrovics sing duet from Madama Butterfly with the young Mississippi Valley Opera Company circa 1967.Frau Neumeister, teacher at the Simmernschule in Munich in class picture, ca. 1963
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