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Atlanta Opera presents La Traviata

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Partly in honor of Giuseppe Verdi’s bicentennial birthday on October 10, 2013, the Atlanta Opera is presenting one of his operas this season, La Traviata (the misguided girl).

This opera is a good one to check out regardless of whether you are an opera pro or not. At the time it was considered controversial when it made its debut in the mid 1800’s.  The topics were considered too controversial and since it took on the look with modern stage, many of the critics hailed it as a disaster. However, what do critics really know?

The story is quite simply this: Violetta Valéry (Mary Dunleavy) is a mature siren who is hosting a fabulous party.  She is quite beautiful and charming. In comes Alfredo Germont (Boris Rudak) who has an instant attraction to Violetta. He is much younger but what does love know about age?

The two quickly fall for each other until Alfredo’s father Giorgio Germont (Weston Hurt) asks for Violetta to dump his son. Their relationship will dishonor his family and his daughter might not be able to find a suitor.

Violetta does that, and gives Alfredo the boot with a “Dear John” letter.  Alfredo can’t believe it until he sees her with the Baron Douphol (Brent Davis) at another party. This then begins a vicious love triangle, where Violetta pretends to love the Baron when she really loves Alfredo.

All the while, Violetta has a nasty bug and coughs a lot, but during this time Alfredo duels and injures the Baron and comes back to seek Violetta, only to find that her cough has gotten worse, now she is too ill to run off with him and dies in his arms.

This opera is tragic, but most are, however the lesson to take away is if you like and love someone then be with them no matter what other people think.

You got to celebrate those moments because you don’t want to get to the end of your life and run out of time to love the one that warmed your heart.

On a side note, a little Oscar glitter sparkles on the Atlanta Opera as Mary Dunleavy had a small cameo in the much celebrated Steven Spielberg Lincoln movie. She was in a small scene where in the movie the President and Ms. Lincoln were fighting and they were an at opera. Dunleavy was singing in the background. (check her for a clip: http://vimeo.com/58917567 ) Daniel Day-Lewis who played Lincoln got an Oscar for best male actor, his third.  Dunleavy is the star of this show and her voice is angelic.

Atlanta is home to a vibrant cultural scene and this is one way to enjoy a beautiful art form in our fair city.

Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata is playing for two more performances on Friday March 8 and Sunday March 9, 2013.  For more information and other performances visit: http://atlantaopera.org/

Two other opera opportunities in Atlanta are:

Georgia State University Opera Theatre presents Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw from April 19-21 – www.RialtoCenter.org or call (404)413-9849

Next week, check out The Secret Agent by the Capitol City Opera Company from March 15-17, 2013 at the Conant Performing Arts Center on the campus of Oglethorpe University. Visit www.ccityopera.org This company has young performers so it gives you a chance to see the next generation of stars as they rise up the rungs within the opera world.  Bravo!

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“A Christmas Carol” at Theatre in the Square Brings the Holiday Cheer!

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Nothing makes me feel more like Christmas is just around the corner than seeing a live performance of “A Christmas Carol.”  We have been fortunate to see it performed all over the country with highlights in Boston at the North Shore Music Theatre and now a wonderful performance at the resurrected Theatre in the Square!

The intimate theater is the perfect setting for a story this classic. Even if you are sitting in the back, you will still get a great view and feel the story just fine.

From the opening of the story, through the highly appreciated musical numbers, and a wonderful full cast finale, this adaptation is simply delightful.

The cast, comprised of some amazing local talent, is as good as they get! Some of the best and stand out performances go to Bruce Speer as Scrooge, Cindy Copeland  as Christmas Past, Vance West as Bob Cratchit and how could we leave out Davie DeWitt as Tiny Tim!

After the show we talked to the owner of the Theatre, Raul Thomas and he told us this. ” This adaptation by Director Tony Smithey he has been producing in a variety of forms for 18 years. Originally written to tour in schools the running time was about 55 min. With the addition of music and dancing it now runs about an hour and a half with the intermission.
In the production Tony has done a little fleshing out to Scrooge’s relationships with his Mother, his only friend Jacob Marley and his one and only true love Belle. ”

This is a must on our Holiday Fun list so get your tickets now HERE as it opens tonight!

 

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The New Theatre in the Square Marietta is Back and Better Than Ever!

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Three years ago one of my favorite local theaters took their final bow and closed up shop. Ever since I can I remember, I loved going to see performances at the Theatre on the Square in the beautiful Marietta Square. I can remember going to see some great Christmas shows with my parents and one of my favorites, the “1940’s Radio Hour”. Ahhh, the memories. But, it was all over in 2012.

Three years have come and gone and I spent two of those years in Boston and one in Florida, so imagine my delight to come back to Atlanta to find that the Theatre on the Square was revamped and ready to amaze again with great local talent.

We took a few minutes to get to know the lovely Roxanne Johnson of the Theatre and ask her a few questions.

Raul Thomas – Owner of Theatre on the Square

TBB: We are so excited that the beloved Theatre in the Square in Marietta is making it’s glorious comeback. Tell me about this revival, who is involved and what we can expect?

Roxanne: It was more than heart breaking to the community as a whole to see Theatre in the Square close up shop in 2012. Immediately seeing huge potential Raul Thomas; Executive Chef, Film Maker  and avid supporter of all the arts, took over the theatre in September of this year. From the community he hand picked a team of top notch creative and business professionals. We all quickly went to bring this sacred space back to it’s former glory.

   Wanting to court previous supporters of the theatre we offer through our resident company standards and favorites of the community. There will also be more contemporary entertainment offered as well as concerts and comedy and other events. The former green room has now been transformed into a small film and photography studio.

   The studio is available to the community. As well as classes for children and adults. We are already working closely with Marietta Middle School and Kennesaw State University. The ultimate goal is creating a multi-cultural center bringing entertainment and education to the area through art and theatre.  
   Information regarding what is currently running and what is coming up for us, as well as purchasing tickets can be found on our website HERE.

   After the 1st of the year we will be offering season tickets, flex tickets and reserved seating.

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Pure Magic! Cinderella at The Fox Theatre!

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Once upon a time, there lived a little girl who dreamed of happiness, played with her animal friends and loved her daddy.  She loved to pretend that she was the beautiful princess at a ball, dancing the night away. Yes, once upon a time.

As the years went by, the girl grew older but her dreams never died. She still loves her daddy, her animal friends and of course, dreams of happiness and princess gowns.

Last night, that little girl witnessed the most amazing thing! A true princess transform on stage and she knew that anything was possible! So, she began to dream some more!

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