Mo’s Night at the Opera (2012)
Generously supported by the Ohio Arts Council Arts Partnership grant and the Yellow Springs Community Foundation
Mo’s Night at the Opera is derived from W.A. Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and the Marx Brothers’ classic film A Night at the Opera. The influences themselves both nod to the Commedia dell’arte roots of pantomime and slapstick comedy that are presented in the show. The music combines original numbers as well as scenes that incorporate the score of The Marriage of Figaro. The plot follows a tangle of relationships both on and off stage on the opening day of an opera.
“The lost doll will be found
And we’ll be happy
Big time happy
Happy go lucky
Why not happy.
Written & Directed by John Fleming
Neal Kirkwood, Composer & Musical Director
James Johnson, Musical instructor, Marriage of Figaro Pantomime
Ayn Wood, Costume Designer
Valerie Claggett, Choreographer, Tarantella Dance
Jill Becker, Choreographer of the Minuet
Debbie Blunden-Diggs, Choreographer, Marriage of Figaro Pantomime