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UNLV Opera Theater Presents New Twist on Classic “” Don Giovanni”” March 16-18

UNLV Opera Theater, in conjunction with the UNLV Symphony Orchestra, provides Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” in the Judy Bayley Theatre March 16-18. David Ward is guest director, with Wes Kenney as guest conductor. Students from the Entertainment Engineering & & Design program are constructing the set.

In this modern take on the timeless story, Don Giovanni is the most effective guy in Hollywood. He rules the film industry, however seems guilty of sexual assault, potentially even rape – raising the problem of sexual harassment and abuse in present day Hollywood using Mozart’s 18th century operatic work of art. Don Giovanni abuses three ladies: Donna Anna, a ruling film star; Donna Elvira, a woman he promised to marry; and Zerlina, a young starlet searching for her first huge break. Beginning with the death of Donna Anna’s dad at the hand of Don Giovanni, we follow these 3 ladies as they attempt to concern terms with the man who has actually radically modified their lives. This makeover at a dashing hero calls into question simply how romantic this male truly was. Will Giovanni get away with it or face justice?

Double-cast to provide more chances for the vocalists of UNLV Opera. The cast includes Don Giovanni (Philip Harris and Michael Parham); Leporello (Christophe Kennedy); Donna Anna (Joan Sobel and Mariah Wilcox); Don Ottavio (Chris Martin and Daveon Bolden); Donna Elvira (Karin Hochman and Casey Dakus); Zerlina (Tamara Richards and Moriah Berry); Masetto (Kurt Sedlmeir and Mark McCreery); and Il Commendatore (Richard Hodges).

The production and design team consists of assistant director Bonita Bunt, scenic designer and technical director Michael Genova, lighting designer Javier Moreno, impresario Jennifer Holland, orchestra preparation by Costs Bernatis, assistant Maya Sprouse, and vocal coach Semyon Rozin.

Ward is the Director of the Crane Opera Ensemble at the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam where he works as a Visiting Assistant Teacher. This year he directs a double-bill of Gianni Schicchi and Buoso’s Ghost as well as The Pirates of Penzance. He just recently completed a consultation as Visiting Opera Director and Checking Out Assistant Teacher at the University of North Texas in Denton where he staged Le nozze di Figaro, A Little Night Music and Discussions of the Carmelites last season.

Tickets are $25, with discounts readily available. To purchase tickets, visit the Carrying out Arts Center siteor call 702-895-ARTS (2787 ).

The Neon Museum’s ‘Dazzling!’ makes classic indications shine once again

You know the Cinderella story: With the flick of a wand, a gorgeous woman in a worn-out gown gets changed into a glimmering vision. This metaphor describes the large magic behind the new destination at the Neon Museum. Brilliant! is a “360-degree audiovisual immersion experience” that uses the fairy-tale treatment to a collection of old, broken-down neon indications. The outcome is a 30-minute show that will melt the cold, solidified heart of even the most devoted Vegas cynic.

The biggest paradox about the Neon Museum is that many of its indications do not illuminate. The collection is comprehensive, however restoration is prohibitively difficult and costly. Leave it to a traveler to develop an option.

Digital artist and experiential designer Craig Winslow, 29, had never been to Las Vegas when he was picked as one of Adobe’s 2016-17 Imaginative Homeowners. Utilizing his newfound flexibility, the Portland, Oregon, resident took a trip through the Southwest and convinced the Neon Museum to let him use his unique design of art– projection mapping light onto “ghost indications”– to a back corner of their boneyard for a one-night experiment. The ephemeral piece was such a success, it quickly became this long-term exhibition.

So how precisely does it work? Winslow uses photos, video and “3D photogrammetry” to develop a digital design of each sign– down to the specific light bulbs– in the North gallery. Then he utilized software to animate the “lights.” YESCO sign company developed two air-conditioned towers that house eight projectors, which splash 80,000 lumens of life back into the old indications. Simply put, magic.

But the indications do not simply illuminate again. They take the visitor on a journey through the history and mythology of Las Vegas. Nearly 20 songs provide the tracklist for this specialist piece of time travel. The show starts with Frank Sinatra’s “Luck Be a Lady,” as the huge indication for the now-defunct Kismet shimmers and dances in red. Later on, the Horrible Herbst cowboy gets up to Ennio Morricone’s “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” Video of Liberace appears on a white grand piano for his rendition of “Complete strangers in the Night.” That same piano reddens, and the cowboy dons dayglo sunglasses throughout Elton John’s “The Bitch Is Back.” The show drops us off at our period with Panic! At the Disco’s “Vegas Lights.”

The signs form a circle, with viewers in the center, glancing by doing this which, following the action like a reverse three-ring circus. The juxtapositions of signs that never appeared together in reality produce an elevated experience. It seems like the first time you saw the Strip in real life, that giddy excitement.

During the show, guests aren’t permitted to record or take images (although there’s a short time later for camera indulging). That’s for the very best, since photos and videos cannot do it justice. It resembles trying to snap a sunset. The view is superb, and it can just be caught by memory.

Brilliant Wednesday-Monday, hourly from 6-9 p.m., $15-$23. The Neon Museum, 702-387-6366.

NCT Provides Vacation Classic “” A Christmas Carol”” Dec. 1-17

The Nevada Conservatory Theatre provides the Charles Dickens’ holiday classic A Christmas Carol Dec. 1 – 17 in the Judy Bayley Theatre. Christopher Edwards directs.

London, Christmas Eve, 1843. Validated penny pincher Ebenezer Scrooge is surprised in his simple dwelling by the appearance of the ghost of his long-dead partner, Jacob Marley, who prophesies that three more ghosts will appear during the night. Each coming to their selected hour, the spirits take Scrooge on a whirlwind adventure through his past, present, and future. Barbara Field’s busy adjustment of Charles Dickens’ cherished book is concurrently among the greatest ghost stories of all time and an ageless vacation classic.

Edwards is a UNLV alumnus and has actually directed past NCT productions, including Seven Guitars and Arcadia. He is a director, star, and educator who worked 14 years with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Celebration as associate artistic director and director of education. He has operated in local theaters throughout the country, as well as globally.

Wes Mann stars as Ebenezer Scrooge. Mann has acted because the age of 10, first in Children’s Theatre, then through conservatory training at Pacific Conservatory Theatrefest. Since moving to Los Angeles, he has actually been a series routine and done many guest starring functions on tv. He spent 10 seasons with a Shakespeare celebration, and has actually refined his craft as a character actor, often playing numerous functions in the exact same project.

In addition to Mann, the cast includes Angel Mendoza as Bob Cratchit; Jasmin Corres as Mrs. Cratchit; Olivia Enriquez-Contreres as Martha Cratchit; Rayne Robinson as Belinda Cratchit; E. Wayne Worley as Jacob Marley/Joe; Rachel Wells-Dawson as Ghost of Christmas Past; Delius Doherty as Ghost of Christmas Present; Nate Marble as Fezziwig/Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come; Callie Maxson as Dorthea/Forrest/Dilber; Kalena Keven as Mrs. Grigsby; Sydney Story as Fan/Sophia; Alexandra Ralph as Schoolmaster (Mr. Queeze)/ Maid; Gavin Robertson as Cock Wilkins; Ryan Baker as Young Ebenezer (young man); Nicole Holbrook as Belle Crawford; Kelly Hawes as Mrs. Fezziwig; Alexis Hudson as Nellie/Susan the Cook; Bobby Lang as Fred Blakely; Isabella Rooks as Mrs. Fred; Garrison Lopez-Quizon as Cecil; Ashkhan Aref as Topper; Ashlie Carter as Blakely; Spencer Bisek as Edwards; and Cameron Bass as Undertaker.

The production and style team includes assistant director Heather Radovich, choreographer Cathy Allen, picturesque designer Jessie Soper, lighting designer Javier Moreno-Bothwell, assistant lighting designer Alyssia Ison, sound designer Joey Jevne, outfit designer Katie Dennis, assistant costume designer Gabby Lewis, technical director Brian Smallwood, assistant technical director Ryan Pope, assistant technical director Kylie Kraft, special effects Lesley Boeckman, dramaturg Olivia Hernando, production impresario Robert Acosta, props master Trevor Dotson, assistant props supervisor Marta Sarrion, master electrical contractor Andy Killion, master electrical expert John Wampler, and paint charge Angel Sandoval.

Program Dates/Times
7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16
2 p.m. Dec. 3, 9, 10, and 17
Tickets

Tickets are $33. Discount rates are readily available.

For tickets or additional info, visit the Carrying out Arts Center websiteor call 702-895-ARTS (2787 ).