2015 Festival Season
July 9-19 • The Peace Center for the Performing Arts
July 10, 18, 19 at 7:30pm, July 11 & 12 at 3:00pm and July 11 at 11:00am
Frank Baum wrote The Wizard of Oz to be a story about the American Dream, and the coming of age of a strong, imaginative young woman. Adapted to be told perspective of a contemporary 12 year old African-American girl, The Wiz shows us that the American Dream is not something that is owned by any particular race or gender. The Wiz debuted on Broadway in 1975, winning seven Tony Awards, including “Best Musical.” It was subsequently released in 1978 as a motion picture starring Michael Jackson and Diana Ross. Hits include: “Ease on down the road,” “Everybody rejoice” and “Home.” It’s great fun for the whole family. Stage directed by Jenna Tamisiea. Music directed by Christian Elser.
The Hot Mikado
July 9 & 11 at 7:30pm, July 18 at 11:00am and 3:00pm
The Hot Mikado celebrates the artistry of 1930s African-American entertainers like Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, and Louis Armstrong and the immense contributions they made to the arts during the Harlem Renaissance. In fact the original 1939 production included none other than Bill “Bojangles” Robinson himself, playing the role of The Mikado! The Hot Mikado takes a work from the traditional canon, Gilbert & Sullivan’s 1885 operetta The Mikado, and puts a spin on it. It employs the medium of Jazz to re-tell a story originally conceived as a British light opera. It contains all of the G&S tunes you know from The Mikado including “Three Little Maids,” “A More Humane Mikado” and “A Wand’ring Minstrel, I.” Get ready to swing, it’s going to be the HOTTEST show in town this summer! Stage directed by Jenna Tamisiea. Christian Elser conducts the GLOW Jazz Orchestra.
2015 Chamber Opera Series
L’Enfant Prodigue (The Prodigal Son)
May 29 & 30 at 7:30pm, May 31 at 3:00pm, 2015 • Younts Center for Performing Arts, Fountain Inn, SC
This lesser know opera (or “scène lyrique”) by Impressionist composer Claude Debussy was written during his time at the Paris Conservatory in 1884. For this work Debussy won the prestigious Prix-de-Rome award for composition that helped launch his international career. Whilst perhaps sounding a bit closer to his contemporary Jules Massenet, this opera is a charming example of the young Debussy’s rather prodigious talent. The opera follows the familiar biblical story of “The Prodigal Son” and features Tenor, Grant Knox as Azaël. the Prodigal Son, Soprano, Candace Dickinson as Lia, his mother and Baritone Christian Elser as Siméon, his father. The production will be sung in French with projected english supertitles. It is stage directed by Jenna Tamisiea.
Amahl & the Night Visitors
December 18 & 19 at 7:30pm and December 20 at 3:00pm, 2015 • Younts Center for Performing Arts, Fountain Inn, SC
Throughout the decade of the 1950’s, Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera Amahl and the Night Visitors was a beloved Christmas television tradition. Amahl was the first opera to be commissioned for television, and the first to fully exploit the potential of the new medium. With a libretto (in English) of great lyrical beauty, penned by the composer himself, and a cast of superb singing actors, Amahl magnificently achieves the goal of NBC Opera Theatre’s founders, which was “to bring sincerity and realism to opera.” The work, tailored by Menotti for children, was for many an eye-opening introduction into the world of opera as musical theater. It remains a delightful, inspirational, and ultimately deeply moving experience. GLOW is looking forward to making Amahl an annual Holiday tradition, and invites you to bring the whole family to enjoy this charming one-act opera.
Christian Elser conducts the GLOW Festival Orchestra and Chorus. Members of the Carolina Ballet Theatre perform the lovely Shepherd’s Dance. Stage Directed by Jenna Tamisiea.