Theater: Musicals

'Show Boat'

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Opera San Luis Obispo
Erik Austin, dir.; Brian Asher Alhadeff, conductor; Drew Silvaggio, choreo.

Production Description

Casting "Show Boat." Spanning the years from 1880 to 1927, this lyrical piece concerns the lives, loves and heartbreaks of three generations of show folk on the Mississippi, in Chicago and on Broadway (and their life-long friends). The primary plot follows Magnolia, the naive daughter of the show boat captain, as she marries a gambler and moves with him to Chicago. His gambling continues as his debts compound, and soon he deserts her and their young daughter. A subplot concerns the potential arrest of Magnolia's selfless best friend on charges of miscegenation when it's discovered that she is mulatto, and her subsequent downward spiral into despair. The passing of time reunites Magnolia and her now-grown daughter with her family on the show boat as well as with her husband, who eventually returns offering a hopeful second chance at familial fulfillment. This production of Show Boat marks the first performance in San Luis Obispo in over 40 years and will boast a City-Wide Arts Collaboration featuring Opera San Luis Obispo, Kelrik Productions, Civic Ballet San Luis Obispo, and several other large arts organizations. In addition, this production will feature a full symphony orchestra, with grand sets from Utah Festival Opera.

Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations

Rehearsals begin March 2014 in L.A.; rehearsals continue April 29 in San Luis Obispo, CA; performs May 10 (7 p.m.) and May 11 (2 p.m.) in San Luis Obispo.

Compensation & Union Contract Details

Pay and accommodations will be provided during out of town stay. Pay will depend on cast role. Two guest AEA contracts will be granted.


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