Our original show, Home Sweet Home is a dramatic and heart-
Kathryn Mientka Farruggia, pianist
Kathryn Mientka Farruggia performed internationally to critical acclaim as the pianist in the Mientka Duo, which she and her late husband, Tyme Mientka co-
Kathryn holds a Master’s Degree in Music Performance from the University of Southern California. She taught at Montana State University for two years. Subsequently she and her husband moved to Germany, where they lived for eight years, teaching and touring internationally. In 1995 they moved to Colorado. From 1999 to 2004 they founded and directed a concert series, an after-
Her special crusade is promoting the DS 5.5 small keyboard, made especially for small hands. She performs often on the keyboard, which fits into her Yamaha grand piano. She and her husband, Charles, recently relocated to Lead, where she performs regularly in the Historic Homestake Opera House. In January 2021 she performed a solo piano recital at the opera house, and since has been engaged to perform a piano recital series, with performances in September 2021, and January and May of 2022.
In 2020, Kathryn and Charles premiered an original drama-
Charles Farruggia, singer, actor, writer
Charles’ heritage is Sicilian and Lakota, he is a direct descendant of Red Cloud, and he grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota. Having taken the lead in his high school musical, he discovered a love for acting and a beautiful baritone voice. He continued his education, studying music, theater, and psychology at Black Hills State University, where he sang in the elite concert choir. During the next few years he became lead singer with the band Briar, and toured South Dakota. When the group disbanded, he was engaged by numerous bands to fill in for lead singers for the next few years.
A career in restaurant management and ownership took him away from touring, and to Denver, Colorado, although his musical life was always busy with wedding engagements and performing solo at bars and restaurants. In 1996 Charles moved his family to Grand Junction, Colorado, and he became artistic and production director for the Grand Junction Community Theater. During the next three years, he performed as lead in “Arsenic and Old Lace,” “God’s Favorite,” and “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” He played Dr. Sanderson in “Harvey,” Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol,” and wrote and directed a one-
In 1999, while pursuing a degree in psychology at Colorado Mesa University, he won the part of Pontius Pilate in the university’s much acclaimed production of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” He received the award for best supporting actor for his gripping performance. Shortly after, he was recruited by a local theater to perform the lead in “Once Upon a Mattress.”
In 2014 he began a 4-
In 2019 he wrote “Home Sweet Home” in collaboration with his wife, concert pianist Kathryn Mientka Farruggia. From 2020 to 2021, the couple toured the highly successful show to Sedona and Flagstaff, Arizona, the western slope of Colorado, and Lead, South Dakota. Charles and his wife now reside in Lead, South Dakota, and collaborate often with the Homestake Opera House on musical and educational projects.
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