The production runs September 10, 11, 17, and 18, 2011 with an official press opening Saturday, September 10 at 7:30 pm. All performances will be held at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport, Chicago.
-Based on the novel Persuasion by Jane Austen
-Original adaptation by Barbara Landis
-Performed with authentic music from the era including selections from Jane Austen’s personal manuscripts
-Fully staged with orchestra and Celtic instruments
-Featuring dancers from the Trinity Irish Dance Company
Stage Direction by Nick Sandys
Musical Direction by Nyela Basney
Musical arrangements by Barbara Landis, Nyela Basney, Patricia Morehead, and David McGuire
Set Design by Jacqueline and Richard Penrod
Following the tremendous success of last season’s production of Jane Austen’s PRIDE AND PREJUDICE: THE MUSICAL, Chamber Opera Chicago is proud to present the world premiere of an original musical adaptation of Jane Austen’s final novel, PERSUASION.
Written at the height of her literary career, PERSUASION is one of the most compelling love stories ever written. Performed with authentic music from the era with full orchestra and Celtic instruments, this production showcases musical selections from Jane Austen’s own personal manuscripts including classical, Scottish, and Irish tunes of her time. Traditional Irish dancers from the Trinity School of Dance and incredible sets from British American designers Jacqueline and Richard Penrod will add to the charm of the production. Don’t miss this passionate tale of romance for all times, which will appeal to both Austen fans and novices alike!
In PERSUASION, Anne Elliot has rejected a proposal of marriage from the one man she truly loved, Captain Frederick Wentworth. She was persuaded by her godmother that Captain Wentworth was unworthy, but after a separation of nearly a decade, he returns from sea with both rank and fortune. Anne is nearly an old maid and her once rich family is on the verge of bankruptcy. Can Anne win him back? Can he forgive her for breaking off their engagement rather than following her heart? And can their lost love be rekindled? A musical drama filled with traditional music from Jane Austen’s time, Irish and period dance, plus striking sets and projected scenery of England, this promises to be an authentic rendering of Jane Austen’s novel that will transport you back in time!
Main Floor/Balcony I:
Adults $30, Seniors/Students $25, Children (12 and under) $15
Adults $20, Seniors/Students $15, Children (12 and under) $10
Tickets available at Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 312-902-1500, online at www.ticketmaster.com, or at the Athenaeum Theatre Box Office.
Group Discounts are also available.
For further information, visit http://www.chamberoperachicago.org/
CHAMBER OPERA CHICAGO is a professional not-for-profit opera company devoted to making great opera affordable, presenting operas in English in intimate settings and providing performance opportunities for Chicago-area singers. The Chamber Opera Chicago Orchestra is distinguished by first-rate conductors and orchestral players and has been highly praised by both critics and audience members alike. With award-winning designers and acclaimed directors from around the world, audiences can .expect high quality, innovative productions that bring opera to life.
Originating over 25 years ago, Chamber Opera Chicago is now in its sixth year under the direction of Artistic Director Barbara Landis and has re-energized its original mission of making opera, operetta, and musical theater accessible to the widest possible audience. “COC has become an opera company on par with a repertory theatre,” Landis says. “We want to move our audience emotionally and create memorable performances for both experienced opera-goers and novices. Our main goal is to touch the hearts of our audience members…make them laugh, make them cry, and leave them wanting more!”
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