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Arts events surround Seattle Opera's Ring

by E. Joyce Glasgow - SGN A&E Writer

Bravo, the Seattle Opera's organization for opera lovers in their 20s and 30s, presented the first ever Pacific Science Center laser Ring show on August 13 to an awe-inspired audience. Seattle Opera General Director Speight Jenkins chose his favorite recordings of Wagner's Ring of the Nibelungen epic cycle of four operas and we were delighted by Ring versions from as far back as 1935, including music from productions at Bayreuth, Germany and from the Metropolitan Opera. Jonathan Dean, creator of Seattle Opera's English supertitles, narrated the connective story. Laser lights beamed across the room, shapes twisted and shifted on the dome, lights twinkled like stars and fog rolled around in the lights looking like giant waves and swells of water and fire. The music was perfect for the hour-long dramatic light show, which was half improvised on the spot by the Science Center's laser masters.

ACT is also presenting a thematically related late-night cabaret show which follows the Friday and Saturday performances of Das Barbecü, August 14 through September 5. The one-hour show stars a spunky and gregarious Seattle country band, Purty Mouth, who proclaim themselves, "countrypolitan provocateurs" and is called the Weddin' Sangers. Each weekend, a different aspect of getting married is the theme, with a variety of special guests. Weddings are the theme because of the Ring and Das Barbecü stories of marriage between Brunnhilde and Siegfried, Siegfried and Gutrune, and Brunnhilde and Günter - did I mention a lot of misunderstandings are at play here? This first week's Weddin' Sangers theme happened to be "The Stag/Hen Party (Last Night of Freedom)," and in true stag party form, featured two surprise strippers from the group Heavenly Spies, who danced and stripped energetically to lively country numbers in sparkling, skimpy costumes and cowboy boots. A couple of the members of the six-piece band, which features two female vocalists, two guitars, electric bass and drums, are members of the Gay community and comfortably mix in same-gender country love songs, including the catchy and original "She Plays Rugby and I Play Hard to Get." There's a bar and a dance floor and the audience is encouraged to dance, so wear your dancin' shoes.

For more information about Seattle Opera's Bravo! Club, visit www.seattleopera.org/ affiliates/bravo/. For more information on upcoming ACT performances, visit www.acttheatre.org.

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