Sunday, February 26, 2012

Albert Herring - LA Opera

photo credit:  LAOpera.com

When my friend Marie invited me to the final dress rehearsal for Albert Herring last Wednesday night I was thrilled. I hadn't been to the opera in many years and my sister and daughter had never seen an opera live. Plus any any occasion to visit the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion is welcome.

I had never even heard of Albert Herring, so I didn't know what to expect, but as always, I was pleasantly surprised. Albert Herring is a comedy (a rather funny one I might add).

The story takes place in Loxford (a little town in East Suffolk) and revolves around the revival of the local May Day Festival.  Lady Billows has decided to "make virtue attractive," by finding a virgin village girl to crown "May Day Queen." Trouble is they can't find one chaste girl in the entire village, so they decide to make Albert Herring the "May Day King" instead, since he fits the criteria.  Albert is none to happy about the nomination, but his mother is thrilled to death and insists that he accept the honor.

Albert runs the family shop and is always annoyed when Sid and Nancy stop by because they flirt ridiculously. When the pair hears about Albert's coronation, they decide to play a prank on him by spiking his lemonade at the repast. Albert's inebriation leads him to a walk on the "wild side," throwing the town into a frenzy.

Albert Herring is a cute fun-filled opera. I enjoyed it very, very much. Perfectly cast, each player had a phenomenal voice. I sat completely in awe of the range and execution of each line.

Cast:
 
Albert Herring                                                       Alek Shrader
Lady Billows (Feb 25 - Mar 11)                                    Janis Kelly
Lady Billows (Mar 14 - Mar 17)                                   Christine Brewer
Nancy                                                                     Daniella Mack
Florence Pike                                                        Ronitta Nicole Miller
Mrs. Wordsworth                                                 Stacey Tappan
Mr. Gredge, the Vicar                                          Jonathan Michie
Mr. Upfold, the Mayor                                       Robert McPherson
Superintendent Budd                                         Richard Bernstein
Mrs. Herring                                                        Jane Bunnell
Sid                                                                         Liam Bonner
Emmie                                                                  Erin Sanzero
Cis                                                                        Jamie-Rose Guarrine
Harry                                                                   Caleb Glickman


Albert Herring opened last night. Here are the remaining dates:
  • Saturday March 3rd at 7:30pm
  • Thursday March 8th at 7:30pm
  • Sunday March 11th at 2:00pm 
  • Wednesday March 14th at 7:30pm
  • Saturday March 17th at 2:00pm
**Note: The show contains mild alcohol use and some suggestive dialog. Parental discretion is advised.**

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This is not a paid post. I received free tickets to the final dress rehearsal from a friend. All views expressed are the opinion of Just Say I Told You So.

8 comments:

  1. I have never been to an opera before! that looks like so much fun! Congrats on being able to attend. I eventually want to attend an opera just so I can say I've been. lol

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  2. Reading this make me miss living in New York. I used to go to shows all the time! Sounds like a fun performance.

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  3. Which one´s your friend? You left that part out ; )
    Love the Opera, ballets, and everything that involves the arts & culture.
    See you around
    Lolo

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    1. Lolo my friend was not actually in the production, she is the studio teacher. I love everything about the arts too (even though I'm not very artistic! LOL)

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  4. You know, I've never been to an opera and it never crossed my mind there could be a comical one. Thanks :)

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  5. That sounds like a very special outing! Something different than just going to the movies. I'm kind of impressed.

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  6. I've never heard of that story, and it does sound very entertaining. I've also never been to an opera...something I must do!

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