Thursday, 23 October 2014

Today : world première of Neil Weisensel's opera 'Stickboy' in Vancouver

Today, the new opera in three acts, composed by Neil Weisensel, Stickboy, with a libretto by Shane Koyczan after his own book, will be performed in at the Playhouse in Vancouver.

(photo by Tim Matheson)

According to the Vancouver Opera website, the opera, about a bullied kid who becomes a bully,
confronts the uncomfortable reality of a society struggling with its own fear and insecurity, a society that seeks conformity and uniformity at the expense of those who are different.
The cast consists of Sunny Shams (Boy), Megan Latham (Grandmother), Willy Miles-Grenzberg (Old Man / Principal / Grandpa / Gym Teacher), Heather Pawsey (Secretary / Teacher / Principal) and Alan Macdonald (Janitor / Chris / Jeff / Dick). There is a small chorus. Leslie Dala conducts and Rachel Peake directs.

It is Weisensel's seventh opera, after Gisela in her Bathtub (1991), City Workers in Love (1992), The Bachelor Farmers of the Apocalypse (1993), Merry Christmas Stephen Leacock (1997), The Master's Stroke (2001) and Secret Service (2013).

The performance should last about 105 minutes including one intermission. The audience is advised that the production includes coarse language and the depiction of violence.

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