Press Release: Live Cinema “The Magic Flute” (opera) – Oct. 25
Gesa Power House Theatre will screen the current Royal Opera production of The Magic Flute on Wednesday, October 25 at 6:00 p.m. This production is filmed live in London and rebroadcast internationally to select screens.
Mozart’s glorious opera The Magic Flute is brought enchantingly to life in David McVicar’s production with beautiful sets by John Macfarlane.
McVicar’s classic production embraces both the seriousness and comedy of Mozart’s work. The audience is transported to a fantastical world of dancing animals, flying machines and dazzlingly starry skies. The setting provides a wonderful backdrop for Mozart’s kaleidoscopic score, from the Queen of the Night’s coloratura fireworks to Tamino and Pamina’s lyrical love duets and Papageno’s hearty, folksong-like arias.
In addition to being a comedy, The Magic Flute is an expression of Mozart’s profound spiritual beliefs: Enlightenment concerns with the search for wisdom and virtue are at the heart of this enchanting tale.
The Magic Flute was an instant success with audiences and Mozart’s supposed rival Salieri described it as an ‘operone’ – a great opera.
This screening runs approximately 3 hours 10 minutes including an onscreen introduction and one intermission. Beer, wine, and snacks will be available for purchase.
NOTE: The Magic Flute is sung in German with English surtitles.
The Live Cinema series features current productions by the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Ballet, and Royal Opera. Direct from England, these professional productions are filmed live and rebroadcast later to select international screens.
Reserved seating tickets ($15 Adults, $10 Students) are available online (www.phtww.org) or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.
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Live Cinema Schedule
Wednesday, October 25
The Magic Flute
Wednesday, November 1
Royal Shakespeare Company
Wednesday, November 8
Wednesday, November 29
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Sunday, December 17 & Tuesday, December 19
Wednesday, February 7
Wednesday, February 28
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The 2017 Season is also supported in part by: KAPP-KVEW, Coldwell Banker First Realtors, Foundry Vineyards, Courtyard Marriott, Inland Cellular, Pacific Power, McCurley Integrity Toyota of Walla Walla.
About the Gesa Power House Theatre
The historic Gesa Power House Theatre is a 300-seat performing arts venue, located in downtown Walla Walla. The 120-year-old building was once the Walla Walla Gas Plant, built to produce coal gas used to light the streets, businesses, and homes of Walla Walla. In 2011 the Gesa Power House Theatre building was transformed into a state-of-the-art playhouse for live performance. The interior design of the theatre was inspired by Shakespeare’s own intimate Blackfriars Theatre in London, England.
The Gesa Power House Theatre is on the Washington State Building Preservation Commission list of State historic buildings and on the National Register of Historic Places. The venue also hosts a variety of other cultural events, musical concerts, and private events (including weddings).
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Gesa Power House Theatre
111 North Sixth Ave.
Walla Walla, Washington 99362