EUGENE, Ore. – The Student Production Association of Lane Community College is proud to present a brand new musical, “The Oresteia Project,” from April 27 through May 7, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and on Sundays at 2:00 p.m., in the Ragozzino Performance Hall, building 6, main campus, 4000 E. 30th Avenue in Eugene.
This brand new musical is composed by Cullen Vance, known for writing and performing “Let the Rumpus Start” for the Bach Festival. He has also written and performed music for Ballet Fantastique and Oregon Contemporary Theatre and is a well-known storyteller for the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History, and Flex Studios.
The book and lyrics were written by Dr. Brian Haimbach, head of theatre at Lane; Jen Ferro, Lane’s fine arts librarian and a well-known performer; and students Gypsy Prince, Cairo Smith, Morgan Suitor, and Ripley Cerna.
The show is a hybrid musical performance that is a combination of a rock concert, a Broadway musical, and a Greek tragedy. The staging is inspired by rock concerts, with all the special effects lighting and projections one usually sees in an arena show. The look of the show is also inspired by the excesses of rock n’ roll (including big hair) and the high drama of the source material’s story. Agamemnon has come home from the war and his wife Clytemnestra is still enraged for his killing their daughter. Vengence, murder, patricide, and lies are the driving musical and thematic beat of the show.
Brian Haimbach directs and says, “This is the most exciting project I have had the privilege of working on since I’ve been in Eugene. Cullen’s music is fabulous. We are going to get the show published after this production, so come now so you can say you were there when it all began.”
Tickets are $5.00 for seniors and $10.00 for the general public. Anyone is welcome to attend for free – nobody will be turned away! All students and Lane employees always get in for free. Tickets may be purchased at www.lanecc.edu/tickets or by calling 541-463-5648.
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