Threshold Stage Company swings for the fences boldly presenting a very rare opportunity to see Bertolt Brecht's seminal masterpiece "The Threepenny Opera" directed and choreographed by Spotlight Award winner Kelli Leigh-Ann Connors. This groundbreaking musical play features Kurt Weill's original score performed by a full live band, under the musical direction of Kathy Fink, playing such timeless classics as "Mack the Knife" and "Pirate Jenny" at the Star Theatre in Kittery, Maine. Brecht's groundbreaking musical play, set in late Victorian London, revolves around the central character of the cunning rapscallion Macheath, better known as "Mack the Knife", as he schemes, lies and cheats his way to the top of society. He manipulates and outmaneuvers a host of equally unscrupulous characters, as they attempt to establish their own positions within the social pecking order through a series of brazenly scandalous and self-serving actions that result in a familiar and darkly comedic world that echoes and reflects many of the current problems facing our own culture.
Bertolt Brecht is one of the most important and influential dramatists of the twentieth century, encouraging the audience to think not only about theatre, but also the society in which they live. "The Threepenny Opera" exemplifies this as it examines greed and its relationship to the economic and moral realities of modern society. "Through satire", says Director Connors, "we are given a somewhat absurd and often humorous look at the machine of capitalism and how we are inextricably caught in it". In a truly collaborative process, Connors, along with Fink and the design team, create the perfect setting for an unforgettable musical theatre experience. Enveloped by a meticulously designed set, hauntingly evoking the London wharfs, the audience sits at angles askew to and within Mackie's world, becoming living members of his absurd yet very familiar world of moral relativism, social status and wealth and power at any cost. To bring this entire production vividly to life; Threshold has assembled some of the Seacoast's most talented performers featuring Todd Fernald, Heather Glenn Wixson, Kylee Brown, Wayne Asbury, Jess Miller, Allan Mayo, Rachel Noland, Maria Boudreau, Constance Witman, Katelyn Parker, Michael Wingate Seavey, Joshua Paul Moore, Griffinn Gower and Marcus Provost.
Don't miss this singular chance to experience Brecht's tour de force "The Threepenny Opera"
When: Sept. 21st - Oct. 7th -- (Sept. 21st, 22nd, 28th, 29th / Oct. 5th, 6th @ 8 pm, Sept. 23rd, 30th, & Oct. 7th @ 3 pm)
Where: The Star Theatre at the Kittery Community Center (120 Rogers Road, Kittery, ME 03904)
Box Office: Ticket cost $25.00 (Tickets available online at kitterycommunitycenter.org/star-theatre or call (207) 439-3800)
Photo Credit: Photo (From L to R - Wayne Asbury as Macheath, Heather Glenn Wixson as Mrs. Peachum) in Threshold Stage Company's," The Threepenny Opera" - Photos by (Monica Bushor)