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Laundry and Tosca (2004)

Not Rated | | Short | 5 November 2004 (Italy)
The journey toward opera of rare lirico-spinto soprano Marcia Whitehead is used as an investigation of what it means to follow a dream against all odds, and what kind of life it results in.

Director:

Lauralee Farrer

Writer:

Lauralee Farrer
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Credited cast:
Franco Iglesias Franco Iglesias ... Himself
Marcia Whitehead Marcia Whitehead ... Herself
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For most of her adult life, Marcia Whitehead has lived in a little garage apartment in Southern California and worked a modest-wage job. Like most of us, she lives paycheck to paycheck, and has more debt than savings. And, like most of us, she dreams of an abundant life, beyond the ordinary. Her body is built to sing what is considered by many to be the hardest repertoire in song. When she was first told that she was a rare, lirico-spinto soprano, she was disappointed because she did not care for opera. Nevertheless, she was obedient to what she believed was God's imperative call to develop her talent: for over twenty years, she worked her 9 to 5 during the day, paying for coaches and teachers to train her voice on weekends and nights. Along the way, she learned to love the characters in the operas that were written for her voice: Andrea Chenier, Aida, Manon Lescaut, Adriana Lecouvrer, Tosca. A random acquaintance offered to arrange a hearing by Maestro Franco Iglesias-a ... Written by Lauralee Farrer

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Sometimes just following a dream is enough.

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Short

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 2004 (Italy) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Budget:

$10,000 (estimated)
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Burning Heart Productions See more »
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Mono

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Color
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Laundry and Tosca is appropriately titled because it is the story of a middle aged working woman with a tremendous operatic voice.
18 August 2005 | by dboone-2See all my reviews

Laundry and Tosca is inspiring because it exudes hope! Hope that an ordinary, hard working woman will one day experience the rich reward of being discovered for the gift she was given, and worked to perfect for twenty years. Marcia Whitehead is all of us who have relatively mundane lives with real dreams and aspirations alive inside of us.

Laundry and Tosca left me loving opera when I never have before, and loving Marcia Whitehead whom I've never met. Marcia uses her tremendous voice to to move people and glorify God. Her voice teacher sheds tears as he works with her; a lady in Wal Mart cries upon experiencing her tremendous voice; and Marcia's father weeps when he hears his favorite hymn sung by his daughter.

In Laundry and Tosca, the film makers are in New York just after 9/11, and to their amazement people are deeply interested in Marcia's story! A story of hope well told by a budding film maker.

I am anxiously awaiting the sequels...


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