Christine Achico. Photo by Kimberley Mead.

Christine Achico. Photo by Kimberley Mead.


Sarah Silver Hands
A dark faery tale opera

By Chad Salvata
Directed by Bonnie Cullum
Presented by VORTEX Repertory Company


Sarah Silver Hands is a vibrant new faery tale and continues Salvata’s long line of original, contemporary operas with fantasy themes and magical realism.

Sarah Silver Hands conjures a dark faery tale world, revolving around the Cornucopia Tree and telling the story of Princess Sarah of the Autumn Kingdom. Discover how Sarah receives her magical Silver Hands. Will the Winter Witch, Spyril, succeed in her evil plots against the Autumn Kingdom? Will Sarah triumph with the help of The Autumn Sprites, The Golden Gazelle, The Green Monkey, and The Scarlet Tiger? How will young Sarah overcome her challenges in order to save her father and her kingdom?

In the tradition of the Brothers Grimm, Sarah Sarah Silver Hands has dark themes, frightening situations, and a happy ending. No nudity, blood, or profanity in Sarah Silver Hands. Suitable for all ages.


Betsy McCann, Christine Achico, Melissa Vogt, Rudy Ramirez, Hayley Armstrong, Anderson Dear, Justin LaVergne, Christina Leidel, Andy Agne, and Joanna Wright.


Directed by Bonnie Cullum. Set design by Ann Marie Gordon, lighting by Jason Amato, costumes by Talena Martinez and Chad Salvata. Mask creations by Melissa Vogt. Hair and Makeup Design by Helen Hutka. Sound Design by Sergio R. Samayoa. Choreography by Gabriel Maldonado. Fight Choreography by Toby Minor. Percussion by Matthew Patterson. Prop Design by Helen Parish. Stage Management by Tamara L. Farley. Production Photography by Kimberley Mead.


B. Iden Payne Awards
Outstanding Direction
Outstanding Set Design

Sarah Silver Hands is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. This is VORTEX’s second award from the NEA. Sarah Silver Hands is also funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division, believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin's future. Visit Austin at