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GLOW lets loose with Rock Opera

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Move over, Mozart. Take a break, Gilbert & Sullivan. GLOW is ready to rock.

Greenville Light Opera Works opens Rock Opera, a new revue, this weekend at Centre Stage.

"It's a mixture of rock concert and musical theatre," says director Kyle Dougan, describing the show as both beautifully touching and excitingly edgy. "The look is very modern, pulling inspiration from rock concerts and rock stars such as Gwen Stefani, Billy Idol, Cyndi Lauper, Avril Levine, and Adam Lambert."

Dougan flew in from his home in Chicago to direct the show, his first for GLOW - and GLOW's first venture into rock musical theatre.

Dougan says audiences can expect to see familiar songs -- such as "Aquarius" from Hair, "Pinball Wizard" from The Who's Tommy, and "Day by Day" from Godspell -- staged in "exciting, fresh and beautiful ways."

This season has already seen GLOW's production of The Mikado and, later this year, will stage Donizetti's Don Pasquale. So how does Rock Opera fit in with that line up?

"It is part of our mission to both promote and further European operetta and American musical theatre," explains Dougan. "We are producing Rock Opera in an effort to bring in a diverse audience so that younger and older generations can appreciate the full spectrum of operetta and musical theatre." Folks who grew up with this music are encouraged to bring younger folks - 12 and older -- with them to help introduce them to some real rock classics.

The show runs at Centre Stage in downtown Greenville on March 16 at 8:00 pm and March 17 at 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm. All tickets are $18. To purchase, call the box office at (864) 233-6733 or email boxoffice@centrestage.org.

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