Wednesday, June 19, 2013

"Nautilus Music-Theater in Concert" in Bigfork

The Edge Center in Bigfork, Minnesota presents "Nautilus Music-Theater in Concert" on June 28th showcasing innovative songs by a new generation of composers and writers.  This special event presents excerpts from some of Nautilus' most popular new musicals and operas, featuring performances by very talented professionals. Of special local interest will be a selection of songs composed by Aaron Gabriel.   And to provide a bit of historical context, the concert will also include a few songs from the great American songbook.  Date June 28. Time 7 PM. Prices $10 adults and $5 for children.

The "Nautilus Music-Theater in Concert" feature wonderful performances by singer-actors Christina Baldwin, Joel Liestman, Jennifer Baldwin Peden and Max Wojtanowicz accompanied by pianists Jill Dawe and Jerry Rubino. All have participated in Nautilus’ professional development programs, including their monthly works-in-progress, Rough Cuts series.

Christina Baldwin was seen in Nautilus’ SISTER STORIES and their Solo Performance Series, and has sung with Theatre de la Jeune Lune and the Ordway Center.

Joel Liestman recently appeared in Nautilus’ THE VIEW FROM HERE and visited Bigfork last year with I AM ANNE FRANK.

Jennifer Baldwin Peden starred in Nautilus’ recent production of JOAN OF ARC, and has performed with the Guthrie Theater and the Minnesota Orchestra.

Max Wojtanowicz was featured in Nautilus’ CAROUSEL, and will appear in next season’s ORDINARY DAYS.

The Edge Center is no stranger to Nautilus.  Just last year they made two visits to Bigfork.  First was “Alice Unwrapped” and later “I Am Anne Frank.” Nautilus works year-round with writers, composers, performers, and directors to make new operas and other kinds of music-theater, and to explore existing work in innovative ways.

About The Edge Center, Nautilus’ Artist Director Ben Krywosz said. "We are delighted to be returning to the Edge Center in Bigfork. The audiences here are always so gracious and enthusiastic. We really enjoyed bringing in our productions of “I am Anne Frank” and “Alice Unwrapped” last year. This special concert presentation gives us the opportunity to share highlights of our other music-theater pieces with some of the most exciting performers from the Twin Cities. This show promises to be one of the most unforgettable musical-theatrical experiences seen and heard on The Edge Center stage.”

Nautilus’ full productions of such works as “Answered Prayers”, “Man of La Mancha”, “Joan of Arc” and many others (including the Ivey Award-winning “Sister Stories”, and “I am Anne Frank”) have been enthusiastically received by critics and audiences alike. Critics from the STAR TRIBUNE to OPERA NEWS to the IVEY AWARDS say “Known for their astonishing story telling ability and unique approach to music-theater, Nautilus has created a fascinating and important body of work for over twenty years, greatly contributing to the quality and diversity of new American theater...”

This touring activity is made possible, in part, by the Minnesota State Arts Board through the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

This is an opportunity to see a special performance by special artists.  Their talents combined with a venue designed by a team of theatre building experts incorporating sound enhancement features such as "acoustic clouds" to bounce sound, and a series of acoustic absorbers.  The result is an acoustic "jewel box" of a theatre that famous actors and well-traveled musicians love to play in and that audiences love to listen inside of!  Come, see, and hear for yourselves.

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