Opera returns to its roots at Theatre Festival

Gabriola Theatre Festival

Press Release

Monday, August 13 2012

For those in the know, DragonDiva Operatic Theatre has become a must attend event each summer, producing traditional operas and operettas with up and coming young artists – often with a twist. Now celebrating their fifth anniversary, they have brought together alumni from past shows to create a fresh take on Gian Carlo Menotti’s Old Maid and the Thief.
Originally premiering in 1939 as a radio play for NBC Radio, DragonDiva is taking the opera back to its roots. The audience will be watching the ‘live recording’ of the radio show, including authentic 1940s commercials, backstage drama and even a warm-up act by The Three Graces, who will perform several hits from the Andrews Sisters repertoire.
Hitting the five-year mark is significant for any small company. It is often the year that makes or breaks a team, and DragonDiva is no exception. Despite winning their first award, last year saw big changes in their board of directors, and they lost the space they’ve called home since the beginning. Following the motto that ‘things will happen when they’re meant to,’ DragonDiva has teamed up with new co-producers, the Evergreen Cultural Centre; has been invited to be the premier opera at the Gabriola Theatre Festival and is now feeling stronger than ever.
Old Maid and the Thief is the perfect introduction to the world of opera – it’s in English, it is funny and poignant and it is only the length of a standard movie. For the first time ever, DragonDiva will be touring their show. They open Aug. 18 at the Gabriola Theatre Festival ($15, www.gabriolatheatrefestival.ca).
Local theatre group Gabriola Players are returning to the Gabriola Theatre Festival this year. Rehearsals for their production of The Housekeeper by James Prideaux are well underway. The cast, which includes Miranda Holmes and Mark Smith, and crew, supported by director Ginny Lowes, producer Catherine Anderson and stage manager Annie Holmes, have been working tirelessly, polishing up what will be a witty, sometimes dark, but quite fun production.
Their performance will be in the tent at Folklife Village on Sunday, Aug. 19 at 2 p.m.
Ticket info below.