By Michael Grady
If you’re looking for entertainment and crave the “same old-same old,” your best bet is to put this magazine down, stand absolutely still…and another Spiderman sequel will be along in a few minutes. If, however, you’re looking for something that offers a bit of surprise, Yavapai College is throwing plenty of fantasy, comedy, glitz and grace around – in Prescott and Sedona. Take a look…
Aquila Theatre Company
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Tuesday, March 5, 7 p.m.
Tickets start at $26
“Lord, what fools these mortals be!” Puck, A Midsummer Night’s Dream’s primary troublemaker, declares at one point. And he’s right: people behave horribly during Midsummer. Especially where love is concerned.
What Midsummer may be is the world’s first rom-com. If you think “Shakespeare” is all wordy, dark and pretentious, Midsummer is a refreshing change. Hermia and Lysander meet in the forest to elope in defiance of the Duke. At the same time, a rift in the fairy kingdom sets … oh, who cares? Love is making people crazy. They collide like hormone-driven bumper cars, and hijinks ensue before the morning sets it right. It’s a story that spins on broad physical humor and precise comic timing … the sort of thing at which Aquila Theatre Company excels.
The New York-based theatre company, hailed as “excellent” by The New York Times and “magical” by Backstage, has specialized in innovative interpretations of classic plays for almost 30 years. Their touring production of Midsummer promises great visuals and wonderful stagecraft as they keep the story and the laughs fast and flying. Do you have better plans for a Tuesday night in March? Join us at the forest, or be a foolish mortal.
Friday, March 8, 7:30 p.m. Tickets from $45
Sedona plays host to three remarkable tenors, a sophisticated Vegas-style production, and an amazing musical repertoire this March, when the high-energy and undeniably charming GENTRI wins hearts between the red rocks at Sedona Performing Arts Center.
GENTRI – the name is shorthand for “The Gentlemen Trio” – brings singers Brad Robins, Casey Elliot, and Bradley Quinn Lever together for an eclectic evening of favorites they call “Cinematic Pop.” That’s genre-speak for “these guys can sing almost anything,” and that’s what they will demonstrate Friday night, March 8, with dynamic three-part harmonies accompanied by epic orchestrations.
Established in 2014, GENTRI has performed all across the United States. They have shared the stage with Tony Award-winning vocalists Idina Menzel (Frozen) and Kristin Chenoweth (Wicked), international tenor sensation Alfie Boe, and the legendary rock bands Journey and One Republic.
GENTRI’s Sedona appearance is part of Yavapai College’s 2018-19 Verde Valley Series – designed to share outstanding live performers with audiences across Yavapai County. GENTRI has already released two EP’s and three full- length albums, the most recent being the critically acclaimed Prologue. All of GENTRI’s albums have reached #1 on various Billboard charts. Don’t miss your chance to spend a crowd-pleasing evening with three voices that’ll dare you not to smile and sing along.
Saturday, March 23, 7 p.m. Sunday, March 24, 3 p.m. Tickets start at $22
Think you haven’t heard Carmina Burana? You have. If you’ve been to the movies anytime in the past 25 years and seen any trailers for conspiracy films or supernatural thrillers, you have felt the breathless,
building pace and splintering harmonies of “O Fortuna” – Carmina Burana’s prologue – quicken your pulse and raise your blood pressure.
Carmina Burana is actually the most-performed choral work of the 21st Century. Composed by Carl Orff in the 1930’s, Carmina Burana is based upon a collection of medieval poems. Orff envisioned it as a spectacle for all the senses, which makes Carmina a perfect match for the choreographic fireworks of Ballet Victoria. The British Columbia-based dance troupe has spent 16 seasons melding their touring professionals with the skills of local artists, a feat they accomplished to critical acclaim at YCPAC with The Nutcracker back in 2016. This time, Ballet Victoria’s dancers will provide the visual sparks and Yavapai College’s combined choirs will wrap them in a rising tide of voices to make Carmina Burana a treat for eyes and ears.
For reservations – or additional show information – call the YCPAC Ticket Office at (928) 776-2000, or visit www.ycpac.com.
IMAGES Courtesy of YCPAC