Nature: a walking play

by SOPHIE KERMAN I did Nature wrong, and I have to say that I am a little ashamed of myself. Rather than arriving early at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, I had a rushed lunch at home and then sped my way down 494 to make it to Chaska on time. This was my first time at the…

King Arthur: A Picnic Operetta

by SOPHIE KERMAN There is a danger in having a formula that works as well as Mixed Precipitation‘s annual picnic operettas. We know the recipe hits all the right notes (so to speak): first, start with an operetta – guaranteed good-quality music – and add in some more contemporary songs and an anti-corporate message to reach a target audience of modern adults…

Agent Fidelio: A Picnic Operetta

by SOPHIE KERMAN It’s August again, and that means that Scotty Reynolds, Marya Hart and the gang at Mixed Precipitation are back with another zany adaptation of a classic opera. If you’re new to the company, this is an annual tradition worth getting on board with. Each year, the company picks an opera, tweaks it to make…

The Return of King Idomeneo

by SOPHIE KERMAN No matter how busy your summer may be, you certainly have 90 minutes on a weekend to sit outside in a beautiful garden, eat tasty snacks, and watch a highly entertaining, impressively executed operetta. “But,” you whine, “I just don’t get opera!” With its adaptation of The Return of King Idomeneo, which integrates…

Alcina’s Island

by SOPHIE KERMAN and ANNA ROSENSWEIG With a subtitle like, “An edible opera touring to a community garden near you,” we didn’t necessarily expect to come away from a performance of Alcina’s Island: A Picnic Operetta wondering if it might just be the best thing we’ll see all season. Staged in gardens across the Twin…