Now Playing Onstage in Santa Barbara - Week of 2/24/2013

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Now Playing Onstage in Santa Barbara - Week of 2/24/2013 NOCHE DE FLAMENCO
Center Stage Theater
3/1-3/1/2013
This is a monthly flamenco performance open to all flamenco dance and music lovers. The cast will change from month to month giving audiances a brand new show each and every month!
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Now Playing Onstage in Santa Barbara - Week of 2/24/2013Larry Keigwin & Company in Broadway" border="0" height="100" width="100" align="right"> Larry Keigwin & COMPANY
Lobero Theatre
3/1-3/2/2013
Founded in 2003 Keigwin + Company creates and presents choreographer Larry Keigwin's electrifying brand of contemporary dance. K+C reaches national and international audiences and invigorates diverse communities with a refreshing vision of dance that embodies a theatrical sensibility of wit, style, and heart. Community projects and education seek to physically engage audiences and aspiring dancers in movement and the choreographic process, and bring opportunities for individuals to become more invested in dance. Larry Keigwin returns to Santa Barbara for a highly-anticipated DANCEworks residency.
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Now Playing Onstage in Santa Barbara - Week of 2/24/2013 ADA
The Granada Theatre
3/1-3/3/2013
Aida receives its company premiere in this new production, conceived by Francesca Zambello for the Glimmerglass Opera. As war rages between Egypt and Ethiopia, Aida tells the story of a Pharaoh's daughter competing with her own Ethiopian slave for the love of an Egyptian general. This intimate take on Verdi's masterpiece will eschew the pyramids and elephants, turning its focus instead to the personal tragedy that faces this love triangle and the national conflict that dwarfs and dooms two lovers from different worlds. Set to Verdi's most impressive score, this moving tale of love amid war will never have been more heartbreaking.
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Now Playing Onstage in Santa Barbara - Week of 2/24/2013 AIDA
Opera Santa Barbara
3/1-3/3/2013
Aida receives its company premiere in this new production, conceived by Francesca Zambello for the Glimmerglass Opera. As war rages between Egypt and Ethiopia, Aida tells the story of a Pharaoh's daughter competing with her own Ethiopian slave for the love of an Egyptian general. This intimate take on Verdi's masterpiece eschews the pyramids and elephants and focuses on the personal tragedies that face these characters and the national conflict that dwarfs and dooms two lovers from different worlds. Set to Verdi's most impressive score, and with the stunning Michelle Johnson in the title role, this moving tale of love amid war will never have been more powerful. ACT I. Radames, an officer in the Egyptian army, learns from the high priest, Ramfis, that rival forces are advancing on his city. If he can lead the troops in a conclusive victory for Egypt, he speculates that the king will allow him the prize he seeks: Aida. Currently enslaved to the Egyptian princess Amneris, Aida is the daughter of Amonasro, the rival king who leads the attack on Egypt. For her own safety, Aida conceals both her true identity and her feelings for Radames. Amneris, who herself loves Radames, jealously senses his feelings for Aida when the three meet. Led by the King of Egypt, a procession arrives to confirm that the attack has begun. He appoints the Radames as Egyptian commander, at which shouts of victory fill the air. Left alone, Aida is torn between her love for Radames and for her native land; she prays for mercy. Priestesses chant praises to their god as priests consecrate Radames' sword in a sacred ritual. ACT II. Ethiopia has been defeated. Amneris, entertained by slaves, prepares for Radames' triumphant return. When Aida approaches, the princess dismisses her other attendants and tries to learn Aida's private thoughts, first pretending Radames is dead, then saying he is still alive. Certain from Aida's reactions - horror, followed by joy - that her slave loves Radames, Amneris leaves for the festivities. Aida reiterates her prayers. Radames and his troops return with prisoners of war, including Amonasro, Aida's father. She rushes to greet him; he cautions her not to reveal their royal identity. Amonasro then eloquently pleads with the Egyptians for clemency. Radames is in favor of granting Amonasro's request, but Ramfis, the Egyptian high priest, disagrees. After hearing both sides, the Egyptian king revokes Amonasro's death sentence but keeps him in custody. The king declares that the victorious Radames will be granted the hand of his daughter, Amneris, in marriage - an offer he cannot safely refuse. ACT III. Ramfis leads Amneris in a wedding vigil. Nearby, Aida waits for Radames; she is overcome with nostalgia for her homeland. She is surprised by her father, who asks her to obtain strategic information from her lover. Initially she refuses, but Amonasro appeals to her loyalty and patriotism and then hides. When Radames appears, Aida manipulates him into revealing the Egyptian army's plans. Amonasro triumphantly emerges from his hiding-place as Ramfis and Amneris come forth from their vigil. Radames is distraught over his unwitting treachery; he surrenders himself to Ramfis as a traitor. ACT IV. Awaiting trial, Radames is unmoved by Amneris' offer to save him if he will renounce Aida and marry her. When he is led away, Amneris' pride dissolves; her love for Radames is revealed by her agony in hearing him condemned to death. Enraged, the princess curses the judges. Condemned to death, Radames prepares to spend his last moments in solitude. But Aida finds her way to him - if she cannot share her life with Radames, she will die with him so they can be together for eternity.
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BIG RIVER
College of Marin
2/27-3/17/2013
Twain's timeless classic sweeps us down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. Their adventures along the way are hilarious, suspenseful and heartwarming, bringing to life your favorite characters from the novel-the Widow Douglas and her stern sister, Miss Watson; the uproarious King and Duke, who may or may not be as harmless as they seem; Huck's partner in crime, Tom Sawyer, and their rowdy gang of pals; Huck's drunken father, the sinister Pap Finn; the lovely Mary Jane Wilkes and her trusting family. Propelled by an award winning score from Roger Miller, the king of country music, this jaunty journey provides a brilliantly theatrical celebration of pure Americana.Music by Roger Miller; Lyrics by Roger Miller; Book by William Hauptman; Adapted from the novel by Mark Twain
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Now Playing Onstage in Santa Barbara - Week of 2/24/2013 OPAL'S HUSBAND
Santa Maria Civic Theatre
2/18-5/18/2013
Bent as usual on a good deed, Opal tries to round up a husband for her friend Rosie and answers a lonely hearts ad placed by "Mister Handsome" - who, when he shows up, proves to be a ninetly-five-year-old escapee from a nursing home. As expected, complications ensue, and when Rosie rejects her would-be suitor, Opal reluctantly agrees to marry him in order to keep the old man from the clutches of his scheming daughter. It seems that he is quite rich, and his desire is to spend his last days (and his fortune) with a nubile maiden on a South Pacific island while his daughter wants him to expire quickly, and quietly, in the old folk's home. Thereafter the plots and counter-plots multiply hilariously; enjoy another day with Opal.
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