Nauticus and Virginia Stage Company are teaming up to present "Swingtime Salute, An On-Deck Revue," this summer.
Performances of the World War II-era song and dance show will take place May 31 through July 8 on the deck of the Battleship Wisconsin in downtown Norfolk. Tickets are now on sale.
In this musical revue, the Battleship Wisconsin, just commissioned, is heading for a tour in the Pacific. Families gather around their radios for news from abroad and to hear the music that lifts their spirits.
"Swingtime Salute, An On-Deck Revue" will re-create the touring variety shows that were popular during war time. The show will feature singers, dancers and a "side helping of all the excitement and adventure you'd expect aboard a warship at sea." The ensemble will be accompanied by a live band playing the music of the Andrews Sisters, Bing Crosby, Glenn Miller, Jimmy Dorsey and others.
Performances will take place at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays May 31-July 8. There also will be a special 8 p.m. July 4 performance.
General admission tickets are $30 for Thursday performances, $40 for Friday through Sunday performances, and $20 for children ages 4 to 12 at any performance. A VIP ticket for an additional $10 per person includes preferred seating and a commemorative souvenir. Military tickets are discounted $3 in advance, and day-of-show tickets for military are priced at $20. Call 800-982-2787, go online to http://www.vastage.com and or visit the stage company box office at 110 Tazewell St., Norfolk.
Tickets will also be available day of show at Nauticus beginning at 5 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.nauticus.org or http://www.vastage.com.
Opera's diva weekend
Virginia Opera will present "Simply Sopranos, A Three Day Celebration of Song" on April 14-16 at different venues throughout Norfolk.
The event will showcase Katherine Jolly, Sarah Jane McMahon and Christina Pier, three sopranos who are past, present, and future leading ladies with the Hampton Roads company. Their three performances will precede the April 16 appearance by world-renowned soprano Renee Fleming, who will open the 2012 Virginia Arts Festival with a concert that night in the Harrison Opera House. Fleming performed in three Virginia Opera productions in the 1980s, and the company is co-presenting her April recital.
"This weekend promises to be a special treat for opera, art, and culture lovers," says Russell Allen, Virginia Opera's President and CEO. "The concert programs are designed to showcase four spectacular sopranos in several of Norfolk's most magnificent venues."
The weekend will begin with a black-tie gala at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at the Town Point Club. Jolly, McMahon and Pier, accompanied by Virginia Opera Principal Coach Laura Friesen, will perform a varied musical selection. The event also will feature a silent auction. Tickets are $250, available by calling 757-627-9545, ext. 3318, and proceeds will benefit the company's education and outreach programs.
The weekend will continue with two other events:
"Divas and Degas" will take place at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 15, at the Chrysler Museum of Art and will include a brunch, concert, and museum tour. This event will feature sopranos McMahon and Pier in concert.
"Arias in the Arboretum" will feature Jolly and McMahon performing at 11 a.m. Monday, April 16, at the Norfolk Botanical Garden. It will include lunch, a concert, and garden tour.
Tickets for either event are $50. They can be purchased through the opera box office or by calling 866-673-7282.
Stage company adds play for 2012-2013
Virginia Stage Company has added "The Whipping Man" to its 2012-13 season.
Set in war-ravaged Richmond in 1865, the drama deals with faith, family and the costs of freedom. Caleb, a soldier raised a devout Jew, returns home disillusioned and faithless. While he and his family's former slaves work to rebuild their lives and restore their shared faith, secrets threaten their new-found freedom.
Written by Matthew Lopez, the play will have its Virginia premiere in Norfolk where it will be presented Feb. 26-March 17, 2013, at the Wells Theatre. It will be a co-production with Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley, Calif., and will be directed by Jasson Minadakis, Marin Theatre's artistic director. Minadakis grew up in Richmond and now has family in Hampton Roads.
"The Whipping Man" joins "Fences" by August Wilson, "The Comfort Team" by Deborah Brevoort, "Frog Kiss," with book and lyrics by Charles Leipart and music by Eric Schorr, and "The Odd Couple" by Neil Simon for the stage company's 34th season lineup. Subscriptions for the five-play season begin at $90 for preview performances and $190 and $210 for regular performances. They're on sale by calling the box office at 757-627-1234.
Call for scholarships.
Entry forms and details for the 2012 Lisa Relaford Coston Scholarship Competition is now available online from the Norfolk Chamber Consort. Deadline for entering is April 1.
The competition is named for the late classical singer who taught and performed throughout the region. Information is available at http://www.ncconsort.org.
Christopher Mooney, a vocal teacher at Christopher Newport University, will offer a series of weekly classes in basic and advanced musicianship, as well as classes in healthy vocal technique, April 10-May 29 at Williamsburg United Methodist Church, 500 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg.
Mooney is a graduate of New York's Juilliard School of Music and a frequent soloist with the Virginia Symphony and the church's annual production of Handel's "Messiah."
Classes will meet Tuesday evenings, and the schedule will be: 6 p.m., Beginning Musicianship; 7 p.m., Advanced Musicianship; and 8 p.m., Vocal Techniques. Basic Musicianship will include note recognition, key structure, basic rhythms, and sight-reading practice. Advanced Musicianship will be tailored to the level of the participants and will include advanced sight-reading strategies, advanced rhythms and non-tonal recognition.
Voice techniques will include breath control and support, balancing the voice, vibrato versus straight tone, vowels, vocal register problems and solo voice versus choir voice. All materials will be provided.
Class fees for $200 for one workshop and $300 for one musicianship and the vocal techniques workshops. For information or to register, email Mooney at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 757-784-1588.
Arts Commission grant applications
The Newport News Arts Commission is now accepting grant applications for fiscal year 2013 (July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013). Deadline is May 11.
The commission provides funding for programs in the performing and fine arts for organizations that have been in existence for at least one year, has a board of directors and shows visible support from the community. Activities must take place within the city or within a reasonable radius of the city.
Information and applications are available online at http://www.nngov.com/arts-commission or by calling 757-247-8950.