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Pocket Opera: Orpheus in the Underworld

1:55 p.m. Have any of you ever been in the Florence Gould Theatre? Well, it's very small and very beautiful. The ceiling is round and covered in manneristic drawings of cupids and angels. The stage is lighted with green, and most of the musicians aren't on the stage, yet. It's 2:00 p.m. The show does not start. Well, at least it gives me more time to describe to you, my dear reader, the audience. A man walks about, looking for his seat. The candle holders around the walls of the auditorium are lit. Four candles in each one. (Just so you know, they're not real candles. Light bulbs do all the magic.) It's 2:05. The performance has begun.

3:20 p.m. Intermission:
This is very funny! Very amusing as well. The singers are all in good shape. The audience is laughing and enjoying themselves. The translation is very funny as well. I remember a few years ago I watched a performance of Orpheus, and when Eurydice found out that she was going to Hell, she said something like,

Movie Review: Oz the Great and Powerful

On February 14, 2013, Sam Raimi's Oz the Great and Powerful came out. The movie was based on L. Frank Baum's "Oz" works. A prequel to The Wizard of Oz, Oz the Great and Powerful tells us the story of how the wizard himself ended up in Oz, and established himself as a wizard. The screenplay was written by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire. Kapner also wrote the screen story. Directed by Sam Raimi, the movie included Mila Kunis as Theodora, James Franco as Oz, Rachel Weisz as Evanora, Michelle Williams as Glinda, Zach Braff as Finley's voice, Joey King as the China Girl's voice, Bill Cobbs as Master Tinker, and others. The composer for this film was Danny Elfman.

L. Frank Baum (May 15, 1856 - May 6, 1919) was born in Chittenango, New York, into a Methodist family. Coming from a German, Scots-Irish, and English descent, he was the 7th child out of 9. His parents, Cynthia Ann nee Stanton and Benjamin Ward Baum, named their son Lyman after his father's…

Dulcamara? No, John Wellington Wells!

Herbst Theatre 1:45.

As the musicians review their parts, people gather to their seats. Musicians are hardly seen, for they are behind the stage. A cloth hanger is in the middle of the stage. To the left and front of it stands an alla antique table and chair. To the right of the cloth hanger stands another table with a piece of cloth on it.

A couple sits in the front row. They don't seem excited. People are still walking around. some can't find their seat and are distressed. Others have taken a seat that doesn't exactly belong to them. Others are just plainly waiting for a friend or family member to come. They were sold out for that performance, the last one.

The musicians continue to play. They stop. The light become dimmer. The show begins. You're probably wondering what I'm talking about right now. Well, this is the scenery of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Sorcerer. I watched a movie in which this lady said,
        "It would have been much better if th…