It's Thursday, and time for theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck's weekly review of a regional stage production. This week, she joins Tom to talk about the latest offering from Baltimore Rock Opera Society, a kid-friendly musical production called Welcome to Shakesville.Conceived by Sarah Gorman and directed for the BROS by Lucia A. Treasure, Welcome to Shakesville tells a story of a gifted young African American artist named Betty and her journey toward artistic self-awareness. As the BROS program puts it, it's a ----hip and trippy---- journey that's told, and sung, using the pop-culture imagery, puppetry, fantasy and multi-genre music that energized such iconic 60s and 70's TV shows and movies as H.R. Pufnstuf, The Muppet Show, and Yellow Submarine. The BROS production features lead performances by Jacquan Knox as Betty and Matthew Casella as Jimmy, with music from a 10-man band called The Far Outs.The Baltimore Rock Opera Society's production of Welcome to Shakesville continues at Zion Church of the City of Baltimore (Zion Lutheran), located at 400 Lexington Street, through Sunday, June 16. For showtimes, directions and ticketing information, click here.
Rousuck's Review: ----Welcome to Shakesville---- from BROS
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