Menotti’s THE MEDIUM will haunt the Opera stage this Halloween season


MusicArtes’ OPERA INTIMA a showcase of intimate dramatic performances stages Gian Carlo Menotti’s THE MEDIUM, a thriller musical drama on November 11,13,16 & 18 at the Mirror Theatre Studio in Makati.

Director Leo Rialp conceives an exciting version of The Medium featuring singer-actors Jon Abella, Jay Valencia Glorioso, Lara Maigue, Ronaldo Abarquez, Stephanie Aguilar, Margarita Roco, and pianist Dingdong Fiel.

the-medium-official-posterIt tells the story of Monica, the daughter of Madame Flora (“Baba”), and Toby, a mute boy living with them, are playing make believe while Madame Flora is away. Madame Flora returns and is furious as she sees that they have not yet prepared for the séance that will be performed that night. When the three guests arrive, Monica pretends to be the spirit of the dead children of the participants while Toby operates the mechanical devices in the room. Suddenly, Madame Flora stops the séance and sends the customers away as she tells Monica that she felt a hand clutching her throat during the ritual. She suspects Toby at first and a few days later tries to get him to confess. The three guests return and Flora gives their money back, convincing them that they’ve been cheated, but they refuse to believe her. She throws them out along with Toby despite Monica’s protests, and drinks herself to sleep. Toby returns; Flora awakes, and Toby hides from her; Flora, thinking he is the ghost that she felt, shoots him.

First presented in New York in 1947, The Medium also ran on Broadway’s Barrymore Theater. Menotti directed a “film noir” version in 1951 to reach a global audience. This dark drama is a play of ideas, the fascination with the occult, psychic and supernatural world versus reality, innocence, truth and God.

The Medium, published by G. Schirmer Pty Ltd and by kind permission of the Music Sales Group, will premiere at the blackbox Mirror Theatre Studio, 5th flr. SJG Centre, Kalayaan Ave. cor. Don. Pedro St. Poblacion,Makati. Tickets are available at Ticketworld outlets (8919999), and at MusicArtes Inc. (8958098/0939 2611228).

SOURCE: Music Artes

Orly S. Agawin

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Orly has been writing for The Jellicle Blog since 2008. He is a training and development consultant by day and an art enthusiast by night. He lives in Parañaque with his mom.

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