Close Encounter of the Hillbilly Kind – by Yvonne Freckmann

This semi-autobiographical work tells of a young girl taking the bus for the first time in a new city. While she is sitting at a bus stop, minding her own business, a “hillbilly” man from Kentucky introduces himself and proceeds to put the moves on her. This comedic opera is approximately 15 minutes long.

Yvonne Freckmann, the composer, is a graduate student at the University of Louisville. Her works range from symphony orchestra, to string quartet, to opera. She has been a participant at the Chamber Music Institute hosted by the University of Nebraska as well as in the Czech-American Summer Music Institute in Prague. Visit Yvonne online at

New Fangled Cast

Valerie – Laura B. Lowry
Thomas – Phillip McMullen

Director – Shelley Burton