2:00 pm | $20 door/$15 advance | Purchase your tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3022715
A new musical adventure is about to take place in the Hudson Valley: the premiere of award-winning composer-lyricist Debbie Lan’s pop opera, On a Midsummer’s Night.
The pop opera, a sung-through adaptation of Shakespeare’s sixteenth-century comedy, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” is composed of sixty pieces of music performed by twelve talented local actors and singers. The production is directed by Allyson Uzzle.
In December 2016 Lan presented an excerpt of the work through the Rosendale Theatre’s Artists New Work Forum, funded by an Arts Mid-Hudson grant–bringing the audience of nearly 300 people to its feet.
Cast members include a diverse mix of talented actors and singers from the local community: Carrie Wykoff, Doug Motel, Matteo Undici, Brian Mathews, Sarah Urech, Casey Richards, Margaret Stanne, Andrea Maddox, Timothy Bruck, Quay Smith, Mikal Kalus, and Gil Sweeney. Tim Bruck’s thoughts reflect their consensus: “What’s so exciting about being involved in this project is that it’s fresh and inventive. It takes the world and language of Shakespeare and makes it digestible to a modern audience.”
Originally from South Africa, Debbie Lan has been part of the local music landscape since she moved to Woodstock in 1992. She has written, performed and recorded with Robbie Dupree, Artie Traum, John Hall, Dog on Fleas and others, and has recorded two award-winning CDs of original Cape Town-inspired music for children and families with her band Grenadilla. She also founded and directs Bloom and The B2s, her celebrated community women’s voice ensembles, and Wednesdays, a new mixed voice ensemble.
To visit the crowd funding website, visit https://igg.me/at/Midsummer’s/emal/5585919