The FCC Players are very proud to encourage, capture, and share the great gift of music in our community as we produce musical “showcases”, opera/operetta productions, and more. Our purpose is to both entertain and educate audiences while featuring fantastic local talent. In 2016 we began our tradition of producing “Amahl and the Night Visitors” for the community every January, an annual tradition that features both young and seasoned talent and a beautifully moving story for the holiday season. Other productions include an original production, “Apologies to Gilbert & Sullivan” which is a hilarious musical romp of four characters as they try to be successful with a travelling troupe–and each other. Stay in touch for our next and newest upcoming performance.
Dr. Ed Yarnelle
Dr. Ed Yarnelle received his Masters in Music in keyboard performance from St. Joseph College, Renesselaer, Indiana, and a Doctorate in Keyboard Performance at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana where he studied under Kirby Koriath. Dr. Yarnelle was the organist and choir director for the Hemet United Methodist church, and was the founder and director of the Yucaipa Community String Orchestra from 1996-2008. He has been an active member of the Redlands Spinet Music Association since 1994. He has taught music and psychology at Mt. San Jacinto Community College and San Bernardino Valley Community College. Dr. Yarnelle is an active piano accompanist, having accompanied at the University of Redlands, San Bernardino Valley College, and Moreno Valley College. With the FCC Players provides accompaniment on the piano and organ as well as acts as the coordinator for the FCC’s Music School’s activities.
Mrs. Jensen has directed throughout Southern California. She earned her MFA in Dramaturgy from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. Mrs. Jensen strives to reach every member of her audience and accomplishes this through productions that encourage new audiences to approach opera, and committing to staying true to the original source material. She has written multiple original productions which the FCC Players perform, such as ‘Apologies to Gilbert & Sullivan’ which is a 4-part romp following a foursome trying to make it as a travelling trunk show while also struggling through the drama of life. She has also written ‘Murder in Four Courses’ featuring wholesomely original characters attempting to manage a dinner party when calamity strikes. Mrs. Jensen also regularly performs with the FCC Players and her soprano voice with her emphatic acting gives the audience a rounded experience of whichever literature she happens to perform.
Ms. Jessica Lynn Bondy is a graduate from the University of Redlands with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Minor in Computer Science. She has been vocally training for over ten years with various companies and has been able to sing around the world from Paris to New York by touring with chorus ensembles. In her endeavors in opera, her previously performed roles include ‘La zelatrice’ from Suor Angelica by Giacomo Puccini, ‘Olga’ from The Merry Widow by Franz Lehar, ‘Marthe’ in Faust by Charles Gounod, and ‘Nicklausse’ in Les Contes d’Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach. Ms. Bondy worked as a stage manager and assistant director with the Redlands Opera Theatre for two years as well as aiding them with their social media and advertising efforts. With the FCC Player Ms. Bondy manages their social media and advertising, organizes events, and performs regularly in productions. She is working towards attaining her MBA in Arts Management and thanks the FCC Players for encouraging her and giving her a space to build her skills for her future career path.