Tuesday, July 19, 2016

ASU Lyric Opera Theatre's 2016 / 2017 Season!

Lyric Opera Theatre presents their 53rd Season!

All performances at the Evelyn Smith Music Theatre
50 East Gammage Parkway
Tempe, AZ  85287-0405

H.M.S. Pinafore
Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan
Libretto by W. S. Gilbert
Edition: G. Schirmer
Sept. 29, 30, Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 2, 2 p.m.

Lyric Opera Theatre sets sail for its 53rd season with Gilbert and Sullivan’s ever-popular comic operetta H.M.S. Pinafore, a delightful parody of the British class system in Victorian England where “the High Seas” meets “the High C’s.”  This nautical treasure is filled with effervescent and tuneful music, hilarious stage action, and colorful scenery and costumes, all of which promise to provide a high tide of laughter and fun for audiences of all ages.

Music Director/Conductor: Brian DeMaris
Director: Dale Dreyfoos
Choreographer: Molly Lajoie

New Works Reading:
Babe: An Olympian Musical 
Music by Andrea Jill Higgins
Book and lyrics by Carolyn Gage
Nov. 6, 6 p.m. at ASU Kerr Cultural Center

Lyric Opera Theatre is proud to present a reading of this new musical composed by ASU alum Andrea Jill Higgins and librettist Carolyn Gage, based on the story of the great American athlete Mildred “Babe” Didrikson. Full of music that is beautiful, big and brassy all at once, the story follows Babe’s career from high school basketball star, to Olympic gold medalist in track, to vaudevillian sideshow, to first woman on the professional gold circuit. You will leave in love with and inspired by this brilliant new musical and the incredible person it portrays.

Guys and Dolls
Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser
Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
Nov. 17, 18, 19, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 19, 20, 2 p.m.

Frank Loesser’s classic “musical fable of Broadway” has captivated audiences for decades with its colorful characters, iconic music and endearing story about love, honesty, and finding one’s true calling. Set in Damon Runyon’s mythological New York City, where disparate groups such as gamblers, evangelists and show girls come together, the story centers around a group of gamblers trying to find a place for a game, while their girls have different priorities at hand. This show is appropriate for ages 13 and up.

Director: Toby Yatso
Music Director/Conductor: Miles Plant
Choreographer: Molly Lajoie

GUYS AND DOLLS is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)

The Magic Flute
Music by W. A. Mozart
Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder
Edition: Bärenreiter
Feb. 23, 24, 25, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 26, 2 p.m.

The Magic Flute has long been hailed as one of the greatest musical masterpieces of all time. Mozart’s heavenly music provides the perfect setting for this timeless fairy tale, which is an enchanting blend of magic, mystery, lofty Masonic ideals, and earthy humor that is truly Shakespearean in its scope.  The opera will be sung in German with English dialogue, and it is an ideal introduction to opera for audiences of all ages.

Music Director/Conductor: Brian DeMaris
Director: Dale Dreyfoos
Set Designer: Alfredo Escarcega

New Works Reading:
Love: An Opera in One Act
Music by Ellen Reid
Libretto by Roxie Perkins
Produced by Beth Morrison (ASU/LOT alum)
April 2, 6 p.m. at ASU Kerr Cultural Center

Join us for a taste of the future of American opera right here at ASU! Love tells the story of a mother, V, and her daughter, L, who have locked themselves away from the world in order to heal L from a mysterious sickness that grows from within her. However, between the awakening of a new symptom and L's maturing relationship to her chorus of imaginary friends, L and V's carefully constructed world begins to crumble- causing L to question her mother's motivation for locking them away, and the very validity of her sickness. "LOVE" explores human's desperate need to make sense out of senseless situations, and the different ways we attempt to heal after a trauma- both one another, and ourselves.

Shrek The Musical
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire
April 20, 21, 22, 7:30 p.m.
April 22, 23, 2 p.m.

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film, Jeanine Tesori’s Shrek the Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairytale adventure that brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage, and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears. An unlikely hero finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Irreverently fun for the whole family, Shrek proves that beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre. This show is appropriate for ages 5 and up.

Director: Matthew Wiener
Music Director/Conductor: Josh Condon
Choreographer: Molly Lajoie

SHREK THE MUSICAL is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

Musical Theatre Showcase
April 24, 8 p.m. at Phoenix Theatre

Come join us at the home of our Phoenix Theatre partners as graduating ASU Musical Theatre students put their best foot forward in their final showcase performance. Come a little early and stay a little late for an evening of socializing with current and former ASU Lyric Opera Theatre alumni. The content of this performance includes mature themes and language. It is intended for mature audiences.

Director: Toby Yatso
Music Director/Conductor: Miles Plant

Opera Scenes Performance
April 29, 7:30 p.m. at ASU School of Music, Room EB2-094

Join us for an evening of scenes from the great operas of yesterday and today, celebrating the work of ASU’s students in Opera Performance.

Director: Dale Dreyfoos
Music Director/Pianist: Robert Mills

Tickets go on sale July 15, 2016 -and can be purchased by CLICKING HERE or by calling the
ASU Herberger Box Office at 480-965-6447

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