|EMSB PRESENCE IN MONTREAL WEST END OPERATIC SOCIETY’S UPCOMING BILINGUAL PRESENTATION OF STRAUSS CLASSIC|
MONTREAL, MAY 15, 2015- There is a definite English Montreal School Board flavor in the Montreal West End Operatic Society’s second bilingual presentation of Johann Strauss’s ‘La Chauve-Souris’ (Die Fledermaus) May 27, 30 and 31 at Victoria Hall (4626 Sherbrooke Street West) in Westmount.
La Chauve-Souris is arguably the most popular operetta in the world. Strauss’s immortal classic features a madcap plot and some of the most famous waltzes in the composer’s glittering repertoire. Wanting to out-prank his mischievous buddy, Gabriel Gaillardin, Dr. Duparquet invites him to a fancy dress ball at the home of a young Russian prince, Orlofsky. However, unbeknownst to him or each other, Gaillardin’s wife Caroline, their maid Arlette, and the new local prison warden (who is supposed to put Gaillardin in jail for contempt of court) are also invited. Each of these characters has something to hide, and is in disguise so the others don’t recognize them. But as the party gets wilder and the champagne flows, lines are crossed and Duparquet (aka Dr. Bat) springs his trap at the ultimate moment of embarrassment. A good time is definitely had by all.
One of the stars of our show is Gary Iannacone, who plays the lead role of Gaillardin. Gary teaches at the EMSB’s Options II Alternative Outreach High School. Another longtime member of MWOS is Shelagh Glover-McKeown, who taught for 35 years and latterly at Roslyn Elementary School in Westmount before retiring. Christine Dandurand, a MWOS member, taught computer graphics at one time at Rosemount Technology Centre.
Show times are 7:30 p.m. on May 27 and 30 and 2 p.m. on May 31. Tickets are $25 (general), $20 (seniors), $15 (students) and $10 (children aged 12 and under). Family and group rates are available. For more information call 514-990-8813 ext. 2, email firstname.lastname@example.org or purchase online via PayPal at www.mwos.org. There is a video at mwoschauvesouris.causevox.com.
Michael J. Cohen