It takes more than talking mice and princesses to make a tale. At the Globe, PigPen Theatre has tried to graft their folksy flavor into a children’s story about a heroic rodent named Despereaux but lost their way pretty soon. Confusion ensues.
“Matilda the Musical,” directed by Jamie Torcellini, has dynamic elements that we expect from Moonlight Stage Productions and a splendid cast that shines. Every scene screams with childlike imagination. In the tender song “Quiet,” Charity Rose as Matilda sings in a heartfelt whisper. As she walks closer to the stage edge, we are struck by her tiny frame and bravery…
Litvak Dance excels at storytelling, turning dances into intimate narratives. And Emily Miller is a gem, not only a powerful mover but a wonderfully mobile-faced actor whose pout could be a weapon. Those were my top takeaways from “Small Dances,” the program Litvak did at the Vine Theater last weekend.
We know that the Opera NEO Summer Workshop and Festival is truly under way when Artistic Director Peter Kozma stages his annual Aria Marathon. Sunday, July 14, each of the 28 singers from this year’s festival offered their favorite aria, accompanied by the accomplished festival staff pianists, at Palisades Presbyterian Church in Allied Gardens.
Mark Saltzman has crafted “Another Roll of the Dice,” a new musical theater pastiche based on several Damon Runyon short stories and interlaced with a dozen previously unconnected Frank Loesser songs. Long on nostalgia and short on dramatic depth, it is nevertheless an effervescent entertainment.
Escondido Premiere of Sturk Oratorio ‘One Small Step’ Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing
To mark the 50th anniversary of NASA’s moon landing, at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, a consortium of north county performing ensembles will present the world premiere of Stephen Sturk’s oratorio “One Small Step” on July 20, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.