screening coming to Highbridge's Apex Park this month
Apex Park is to play host to an outdoor screening of a powerful
Tchaikovsky opera this month.
A big screen will be set up in the park for Garsington Opera to
live-screen its production of Eugene Onegin in the open
air on Saturday, August 20th.
Families are being encouraged to come along with a picnic and
enjoy one of the worlds greatest love stories set to Tchaikovskys
will also be live community performances and street theatre before
the performance, which starts at 5pm.
world-famous Natural Theatre Company will be integrating themselves
into the crowd, warming the audience up with an array of street
theatre. Joining them will be the local re:ACT theatre group who
rehearse at Burnham's Princess Theatre.
will be no charge for entry to the performance. It all starts
at 4.30pm with an outdoor performance and picnic, then at 5pm
Somerset Film will show a number of short films made locally by
amateur and professional film makers. At 5.30pm the Opera for
All company will perform live, followed at 6pm by the start of
powerful and moving opera Eugene Onegin, directed by Michael
Boyd and designed by Tom Piper, is about first love.
features British baritone Roderick Williams in the title role
and Welsh soprano Natalya Romaniw singing the young heroine Tatyana.
Opera For All brings free screenings of opera to public spaces
across the country. This summer it is also visiting Skegness,
Ramsgate and Grimsby.
for All' is a three-year partnership project with the charitable
trust Magna Vitae and the Coastal Communities Alliance, and is
supported by Arts Council Englands Strategic Touring Fund.
Boyd, Artistic Director, says: "To be able to reach new audiences
through extensive education work and free opera screenings in
areas that have limited engagement with the arts is vital and
will have an enormous impact in the various communities who will
participate in the project, as well as for access to opera and
the arts nationwide. We are passionate about sharing our work
with the widest possible audience."
for All is a programme which challenges expectation by uncovering
the ingredients and foundation of opera drama, music, story-telling
and expressive emotion."
Garsinginton Opera for All will be resident in Somerset for the
whole week, delivering workshops, performances and the Big Screen
will also be sessions for families, a skills workshop for young
people aged 12 - 16, and they'll be popping up all round the area
doing opera busking! Workshops are open to all, no prior experience
is necessary, and they are just a fun opportunity to discover
workshops will be held on Tuesday 16 August and Wednesday 17 August,
10.00 - 13.00 at the Mc Millan Theatre. "Work with professional
singers, directors and musicians in learning more about how a
show is made. Have a go at writing lyrics, singing in a chorus
and discover more about rehearing for the theatre," says
Summer Skills workshop for ages 12 - 16 will also be held on Thursday
18 August, 10.00 - 16.00 at the McMillan Theatre. "Work with
our team of professionals as they introduce you to the skills
of theatre making. You will create, explore stage craft, and work
on performance skills in this practical all day workshop,"
says the spokesman.