Nov 20, 2008

ODDFELLOWS PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS /THE THREEPENNY OPERA

Oddfellows Playhouse Teen Repertory Company presents a mainstage production of /The Threepenny Opera/, Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s ground-breaking work of musical theater on December 4-20. Directed by Missy Burmeister, a cast of 20 talented teens from throughout central Connecticut tells the legendary tale of the notorious criminal and gentleman, Mack the Knife. A pit band under the direction of Joseph Getter recreates Weill’s innovative music and memorable songs.

A milestone of 20th-century musical theater, /The Threepenny Opera/ was first presented in Berlin in 1928 and transformed old-fashioned operetta forms with a sharp political perspective and the sound of Berlin cabarets. Oddfellows Teen Repertory Company skillfully interprets Bertolt Brecht’s biting text and Kurt Weill’s acid harmonies in this opera “by and for beggars” that captures the contradictions of man’s existence—love, treachery, betrayal, redemption and improbable forgiveness.

A “can-can” preview of /The Threepenny Opera/ will be performed on December 4 at 7 pm. All tickets are “pay-what-you-can,” and audience members are asked to bring a canned or nonperishable food item for the Amazing Grace food pantry. Additional performances are on December 5 & 6, 12 & 13, and 19 & 20 at 7:30 pm. All performances are at Oddfellows Playhouse, 128 Washington Street, in Middletown, CT. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. For more information or reservations, please call (860) 347-6143.

Major support for Oddfellows’ 2008-2009 season comes from the State Department of Education, CT Commission on Culture & Tourism, Middlesex United Way, Middletown Commission on the Arts, The Stare Fund, The J. Walton Bissell Foundation, and the Middletown Foundation for the Arts.