It is a quiet week for theater, but then again it is finals week for the university and the school year is coming to a close. However, we do still have some great theater options for your entertainment. I am intrigued by the New Voices Opera Double Bill, and Frog and Toad is tons of fun. Go support local performance this weekend. 🙂
Look out for Bravo Bloomington’s review of the new season announcements for IU theater, opera, and ballet coming soon.
2017 Double Bill
NVO is a vehicle for new opera through the collaboration of emerging student composers, performers, and administrators in an experiential learning environment. The 2017 Double Bill is presented in part by The BUEA Zone Arts Grant, the Bloomington Arts Commission, and Bloomington Playwrights Project.
The performance contains two different creations. The first creation is Marilyn’s Room by Kyle Peter Rotolo.Fame and stardom can bring riches and rewards, but for many the pressure and exposure bring loneliness and sorrow. Some of America’s most famous starlets have struggled with depression, addiction, abuse, or all of the above and the public can’t seem to get enough. Marilyn’s Room explores the world around the star, the people behind the scenes whether they are calling the shots or just cleaning the sheets. These are the people who see the real star, the real human being underneath the fancy gowns and facades. They are the individuals who get to experience fame at its worst every day, but leave it at work every night.
Marilyn’s Room will be followed by In Memoriam by Matthew Recio and Molly Korroch. Nearly every family in today’s society has watched a loved one struggle through the stages of dementia or Alzheimer’s. It isn’t easy for anyone to watch the person you once knew slip away. Fear and uncertainty pepper every interaction and it can put serious strain on families and friends. Science is struggling for effective treatments, let alone an actual cure. Families are desperate to preserve the person they know and love, and In Memoriam tells the story of the Adams and their search for an alternative treatment.
Produced by New Voices Opera on May 4. This is a free event, but a suggested donation of $10 is greatly welcomed.
A Year with Frog and Toad
A hit on Broadway, A Year With Frog And Toad was nominated for 3 Tony Awards – including Best Musical. Based on Arnold Lobel’s well-loved books and featuring a hummable score by Robert and Willie Reale, this whimsical show follows two great friends — the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad — through four, fun-filled seasons.
Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe, all charm, A Year With Frog And Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures, weathering all seasons.
The jazzy, upbeat score of A Year With Frog And Toad bubbles with melody and wit, making it an inventive, exuberant, and enchanting musical for the whole family.
Produced by Cardinal Stage on 4/28 -29. All performances take place in the afternoon to better accommodate younger audiences.