Obeah Opera! Coming to Panamania!

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Check out the Review from The Toronto Star here:

Molly is proud to be a cheerleader for what is sure to be an incredible production! Get your tickets before they’re gone!

“Invigorating to stand behind someone else’s dream and push hard, we are almost there. Be a part of the dream to get a new voice to the Opera stage with OBEAH”

-Molly Johnson

CULCHAHWORKS ARTS COLLECTIVE is thrilled to present OBEAH OPERA – A NICOLE BROOKS VISION, as part of TO2015 Panamania Presented by CIBC.

Obeah Opera is a hand clapping, foot stomping, spirit‐lifting, magical musical sensation unlike any other opera before it. Steeped in Black music, sung entirelya cappella by a powerful, racially diverse all‐female cast of 14, Obeah Opera tells the story of the legendary Salem Witch Trials from the fascinating perspective of Caribbean slave women.

This World Premiere redefines traditional opera by moving away from European classical standards. Unbound by any particular genre, Obeah Opera encompasses an array of musical styles – spirituals, blues, jazz, gospel, traditional African, Caribbean Folk, Calypso, Ska, R&B and Reggae. What additionally makes this work unique and beyond the conventional definition of opera is that there are no musical instruments; just pure, compelling voice.

The high‐octane powerhouse cast of 14 women consists of Nicole Brooks, Divine Brown, Karen Burthwright, Diana Coatsworth, Saphire Demitro, Deidrey Francois, Nickeshia Garrick, Sarah Gibbons, Janet MacEwen, Debbie Nicholls.AN-Skerritt, Melissa Noventa, Dana Jean Phoenix, Sabryn Rockand Singing Sandra. 
The director is Lezlie Wade, music director Andrew Craig, choreographer Anthony “Prime” Guerra and designers Robin Fisher (set and costume), Bonnie Beecher (lighting), and Graham Clarke (sound). Stage management is by Kathleen Harrison and Ashley Westlake, and the producers are Marinda de Beer, Paul Shaw and Derrick Chua
Performances are at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in the Distillery District, 50 Tank House Lane, Toronto, Ontario, M5A 3C4.
Dates: Tues Aug 4 to Fri Aug 7 at 7pm, Sat Aug 8 at 1pm & 7pm.
For tickets: call the Box Office at 416.866.8666 or visit http://obeahopera.com

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