Rock of Ages is a true tour-de-force in musical theatre. It is one part comedy, one part musical theatre, and one (very large) part of 80’s Rock ‘n Roll.
But for those of you who still are confused about what Rock of Ages is, here are 10 things you’ve gotta know…
The Princess Bride is one of the all-time great movies. According to Wikipedia, “Over time, particularly with the introduction of the Internet, the film has become a cult classic. The film is number 50 on the Bravo’s “100 Funniest Movies”, number 88 on The American Film Institute’s (AFI) “AFI’s 100 Years…100 Passions” list of the 100 greatest film love stories, and 46 in Channel 4’s 50 Greatest Comedy Films list. In 2016, the film was inducted into the National Film Registry, being deemed as “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”.
One of the key scenes in the movie is ‘The Battle of Wits’ in which Vizzini and Westley have a great dual using only their brains…and some Iocane powder. “This powder has no odor, no taste and will dissolve instantly in water.” If it were real, Iocane powder would be pretty effective at all sorts of misdeeds.
[SPOILER ALERT] Westley ultimately beats Vizinni in The Battle of Wits due to taking small doses of Iocane for many years in order to build up an immunity to it. Did you know, though, that this process of building an immunity to a deadly substance actually has a name? It is called mithridatism. Continue reading
In our most recent Renaissance podcast, Mark Sebastian Jordan gives an outstanding discussion on Shostakovich Symphony 12, which is the final piece on the upcoming Mansfield Symphony Orchestra concert, “Revolutions,” on February 8, 2020.
One of the points Mark touches on is the oppression Shostakovich had to endure in Russia for basically his entire life and music was a way to express his feelings without the Russian authorities hauling him away to Siberia or worse – death.
January 17-19 and 24-26, the Renaissance will bring the original musical by Michael Thomas, At Last: An Evening with Etta James, to the stage of Theatre 166.
Condrea Webber as Etta James
In honor of this world premiere, here are a 10 tidbits about this legendary musical giant.
You know you do it. We all do! Starting around mid-November, Silent Night, Joy to the World, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas all start creeping into our heads. We sing these Holiday tunes in the shower, in the car, or doing dishes. They just creep up without knowing it…but do we mind? Not usually because they make us feel SOOOO good.
Why do they have this power? Well…it is all science.
On December 2, 2019, Michael Thomas, Artistic Director for the Renaissance, was honored by Broadway’s and Hollywood’s elite at the Ars Nova Ball 2019. He and his writing partner, Jeff Richmond, co-wrote Melancholy Baby which was the first show produced on the Ars Nova stage in 2002.
For the upcoming production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in October 2019, Scenic Designer, Jason Kaufman, gave some insights to this extraordinary set build.
Jason Kaufman standing in front of what is Mrs. Lovett’s oven for Sweeney Todd
The upcoming Mansfield Symphony Orchestra concert on September 21, 2019 is called “Bohemian Souls.” The definition of a Bohemian is “[one who is] socially unconventional in an artistic way.” Dvorak who was actually from Bohemia defines this. Tchaikovsky and his tumultuous life define this. Missy Mazolli who is breaking all of the rules in the composition world defines this. At this concert, you will hear TONS of Bohemian sounds.
But, the word Bohemian does not necessarily bring up sound. When I think of being a Bohemian, I want to wear loud prints, wear gaudy jewelry, and drink cheap wine in a dive bar in Brooklyn. But, why? What makes the word Bohemian define such a visual?
Ren Staff Reenacting Clue
Was it Colonel Mustard? Did Miss Scarlett use the wrench? Or Professor Plum in the Library? It would seem everyone has played the famous board game Clue one time or another. I, for one, would always play as Colonel Mustard – a bit of nostalgia there for me (much like how I play two characters at once for Monopoly, but that’s another story). However, not everyone has seen or even heard, of the movie based on this notorious board game under the same name released in December of 1985. So, here’s a shortlist of the top behind-the-scenes clues of Clue (the movie).
Richland county has a special blend of dining options for people of all backgrounds and taste buds! So whether you’re craving Asian, American, or home-style, they got you covered! Here’s a list of places you’re gonna wanna try before attending the next Renaissance event! Continue reading