COME, ENTER INTO MY IMAGINATION.......
From the beginning, this blog - like the play itself - has been about transformation. On Thursday night, at the Culture Hall in Beer Sheva, the transformations became complete.
This is how our set looked during rehearsals, in the big auditorium at the Psychiatric Hospital:
This is how our set looked on Thursday night:
We were transformed:
became Don Quixote and Dulcinea:
The cast, orchestra and audience were transported back in space and time to the dungeons of the Inquisition, circa 1600.
Characters transform. Cervantes, the author, becomes a befuddled old man who then morphs into Don Quixote, knight errant. An anonymous female prisoner becomes the tart Aldonza who then morphs into the Lady Dulcinea. The Governor's brutal bodyguard becomes a kindly innkeeper. A shaving basin becomes a magic helmet. Even the music transforms: a gentle love seranade transforms into the anthym which accompanies a brutal molestation. The dungeon itself transforms from a dark place of horror and fear to a place of courage, hope, and respect for both self and others.
The response from the opening night audience left no room for doubt; this is a show that should not be missed. Come join us for a magical evening. Come and help us dream the impossible dream. Perhaps you too will be transformed.
Information on when we will be performing, and where, as well as contact information to buy tickets: http://www.negevlightopera.com/
PS: if you've been following this blog, you'll be expecting at least one cat. Here's one more picture for you. Meow!
PPS Thanks to Patrice Perez for most of these photos