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Christmas Cabaret: It's a Wonderful Life, Live Radio Show

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On December 19, 2013, the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts Theatre Tech and Musical Theatre departments collaborated to produce a Christmas Cabaret It's A Wonderful Life Live Radio Hour. Before I say anything else, I just wanted to mention that this was supposed to be the last performance, being the 4th in the run. Because of an immense amount of people willing to attend this wonderful event Keith Carames, the artistic director and the Tech Department co-chair, was forced to add-on another performance after the so-called last one.

Musical Director: Erika Weil
Tech Department Co-Chair: Paul Kwapy
Tech Department Co-Chair: Keith Carames
Vocal Department Chair: Todd Wedge
Logo Design: Julie Glantz
Special Thanks: Keira Robalino, Dana Nelson, Cynthia Francis and The Platt Family.


It's A Wonderful Life, the American film classic, was brought to life in the Clayton Cobb Showcase Studio as a radio hour. The audience gets to follow George Bailey as he engulfs on a journey to understand …

Have You Ever Looked At Opera This Way?

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There are many similarities in plot and differences in emotions  between two operas composed by the same composers: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. During the years of 1786 and 1787, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote two of his three famous Italian opera buffa operas, Don Giovanni and Le Nozze di Figaro (Cosi fan tutte being the third). Don Giovanni, or Il Dissoluto Punito (The Rake Punished), was first premiered on Oct. 29, 1787 by the Prague Italian Opera in the Teatro di Praga. Teatro di Praga is now called the Estates Theatre. The libretto, written by Lorenzo da Ponte, was called drama giocoso (a jocular drama). Basically, what this was was a name for serious operas with a touch of comedy in them. Many philosophers have written essay on the character of Don Giovanni. E.T.A. Hoffmann wrote a short story called "Don Juan", in which the narrator gets to meet Donna Anna. She tells him that Don Giovanni is an "aesthetic hero rebelling against God and society. 
Le Nozze di Figaro, wr…