Station Theatre Performance #1

Station Theatre Performance #1


Heather: A LOCAL THEATER PREPARES FOR ITS 48th SEASON. AND THEY’RE OPENING WITH A TONY-NOMINATED PLAY. PRESENTING “FARINELLI AND THE KING” ON THE ciSTAGE, IT’S THE CELEBRATION COMPANY, WITH JAMES HEVEL AND CARA MAURIZI ARE ALL HERE. WELCOME. Guest: THANKS FOR HAVING US. Heather: 48th SEASON. YOU’RE KICKING OFF WITH A GREAT SHOW. SO FOR THOSE WHO AREN’T FAMILIAR WITH THE PRODUCTION, LET’S TALK ABOUT IT. IT’S TONY AWARD WINNING. YEAH, WE’RE EXCITE TODAY DO IT. THE PLAY IS BASED ON THE REAL LIFE ENCOUNTER BETWEEN KING PHILIPPE V AND THE FAMOUS OPERA SINGER FARINELLI. IT TAKES PLACE IN 1737. IT’S COOL BECAUSE IT’S A PERIOD PIECE. MOST IS A PLAY. BUT YOU GET TO HEAR SINGING, WHICH IS WHERE JAMES’ CHARACTER FARINELLI COMES IN. Heather: JAMES, THIS IS YOUR DEBUT! HOW ARE YOU FEELING? Guest: I’M SO EXCITED! IT’S AN HONOR TO BE PART OF SUCH A WONDERFUL, LOCAL THEATER COMMUNITY HERE IN CHAMPAIGN-URBANA. AND TO BE FARINELLI IS JUST CRAZY EXCITING! AT FIRST, I WAS NERVOUS. HE HE SEEMS UNRELATABLE. HE WAS CASTRATED AS A VERY YOUNG BOY. Heather: OOH! [LAUGHTER] Heather: ARE WE GOING TO BE SEEING ANY OF THAT? Guest: NO! AH! [LAUGHTER] Heather: SORRY. FAMILY-FRIENDLY. Guest: SO THAT’S SOMETHING THAT WAS VERY COMMON AT THE TIME. IT WAS SOMETHING THEY DID TO CREATE THIS KIND OF MALE SOPRANO SOUND THAT DOMINATED CLASSICAL MUSIC OF THE TIME. HE WAS THE MOST FAMOUS OPERA SINGER OF HIS TIME. AND KIND OF LIVED LIKE A ROCK STAR. AND THEN, ALL OF THE SUDDEN, HE WAS ASKED TO GO TO THE SPANISH COURT TO HELP THE KING KIND OF GET THROUGH SOME STUFF MENTALLY. IT WAS ACTUALLY ONE OF THE FIRST ATTEMPTS AT MUSIC THERAPY, WHICH IS TO ME JUST SUPERCOOL, TO TRY TO APPROACH MENTAL HEALTH THAT WAY. IT’S REALLY BEEN INCREDIBLE. Heather: WE CAN’T WAIT TO HEAR A SNEAK PEEK COMING UP. IT’S PART PLAY AND MUSICAL. TELL ME ABOUT THE SOUND OF THE PRODUCTION. Guest: SO YOU WILL HEAR A COUPLE OF PIECES COMPOSED BY HENDEL. AND THERE WILL BE COOPERATION BETWEEN SINGERS AND PIANO. THERE WILL BE THAT KIND OF A THING BETWEEN THE PLAY. AND WE WILL COSTUMES ON STAGE. Heather: WONDERFUL! WHO IS THIS SHOW GEARED TOWARDS? WHAT KIND OF AUDIENCE? Guest: I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE. ANYBODY THAT HAS EVER DEALT WITH MENTAL HEALTH. ANYBODY THAT LOVES MUSIC. I THINK THE STORY, EVEN THOUGH IT TAKES PLACE IN A DIFFERENT TIME PERIOD, IS REALLY RELATABLE TO A MODERN DAY AUDIENCE. AND WE’RE REALLY EXCITE TODAY BRING IT TO THIS COMMUNITY. Heather: WELL, WHEN IS IT? Guest: IT TAKES PLACE OCTOBER 3rd THROUGH THE 19th. Heather: RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER, JAMES! Guest: IT’S VERY SOON! [LAUGHTER] Heather: OH, MY GOODNESS. IF PEOPLE WANT TO GET TICKETS, WHAT’S THE BEST WAY? Guest: WWW.stationtheatre.com. Heather: SIMPLE ENOUGH. I’M GOING TO LET YOU GET SET UP. JAMES, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO BE PERFORMING? Guest: A LITTLE BIT OF… [FOREIGN LANGUAGE] WHICH IS BY HENDEL. Heather: ALL RIGHT. TAKE IT AWAY. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ Heather: WOW! JUST A LITTLE SNEAK PEEK AT WHAT YOU WILL EXPERIENCE AT THE CELEBRATION COMPANY’S PRODUCTION OF “FARINELLI AND THE KING”! FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW YOU CAN GET TICKETS TO THE UPCOMING SHOW AND SHOW TIMES, HEAD TO www.CILiving.tv. COMING UP NEXT,

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