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Mixed Precipitation and The Picnic Operetta

The Clemency of Tito’s Tennis Club: A Picnic Operetta

at The Women’s Environmental Institute

Sunday, August 11, 2 pm 

Women’s Environmental Institute

15715 River Rd, North Branch, MN 55056

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Mixed Precipitation Announces
The Clemency of Tito’s Tennis Club: A Picnic Operetta

 

Celebrating its 11th season, the company brings an edible opera adventure to parks, farms, and gardens throughout MN in August and September

 

(Minneapolis) April 23, 2019 — Mixed Precipitation announces The Clemency of Tito’s Tennis Club: A Picnic Operetta,a new adaptation of Mozart’sopera, La Clemenza di Tito, withhigh stakes sports drama, natural disasters, and ‘80s new wave music. Created by ProducingArtistic Director Scotty Reynolds, Artistic Associate Jacob Miller, Music Director Gary Ruschman, and the Mixed Precipitation team, this late summer harvest celebration offers local flavors with picnic bites shared with the audience. It’s fun for everyone! 

 

An edible opera adventure for the whole family, A Picnic Operettamarks its 11-year tradition of celebrating the harvest with a unique blend of music, food, and storytelling. The Clemency of Tito’s Tennis Club: A Picnic Operettawill tour the Twin Cities metro and several locations around the state,including North Branch, New York Mills, Avon, Oronoco, and Wykoff.

 

In this adaptation of Mozart’s opera, a rag-tag group of players is resurrecting a defunct tennis club. But backstabbing, bitterness, and a murderous revenge plot threaten their rise to the top of Rome’s championship match. Will they find redemption before Mount Vesuvius covers them in ash? When can cheaters be forgiven? All is presented with the Picnic Operetta’s trademark style of playfulness, satire, and hope. Classic arias and duets from Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito soar across the garden alongside New Wave and synth-pop hits by Devo, Berlin, Yaz, and Pat Benatar. Our operatic athletes will serve the audience some fresh edible bites as well.

 

Mozart wrote La Clemenzain 1791. It premiered two months before his death at age 35. It was commissioned for the coronation of Leopold II, King of Bohemia, and upholds a clear political agenda — reinforcing the wisdom and benevolence of the aristocracy.

 

This year’s production is co-directed by Scotty ReynoldsandJacob Miller, with music director Gary Ruschman. Reynolds states, “Using athletic events as the site of corruption, call-outs, and cheating is a metaphor for events that test the strength of empathy and forgiveness. In our version, we want to wrestle with forgiveness and clemency, not as something that is handed down by those in power, but something that can come from community healing.” 

 

 

Cast and Artistic Team  

Mezzo-Soprano Anna Hashizumereturns to take on the role of Sesto. Tenor Jim Ahrens plays the title role, having appeared in five Mixed Precipitation productions since 2012, including title roles in The Return of King Idomeneo,and King Arthur. Singer, actress and multi-instrumentalist Lauren Asheim sings the role of Vitellia. A three-year veteran of the Picnic Operetta Joni Griffithsings the role of Servilia.

Ensemble members this year includeKT Magnolia, Chris Nolan, Mario Perez, Nora Ricky, and Gabe Salmon.Gary Ruschman leads the pit band, including Picnic Operetta veteransGinna Watson and Luke Pickman.

Reservations

Reservations will be available on June 1 at mixedprecipitation.org.

Please call 1-800-838-3006 or visit mixedprecipitation.org for reservations.Seating is limited and reservations are strongly encouraged. The suggested donation is $10 – 20 per person. Donations are a critical source of funding forThe Picnic Operettaand can be made with your reservation or collected at the performance. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.We provide blankets, bug spray, and sunscreen for our audience, but patrons are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and water.

Access

We are prepared to provide reasonable accommodation to patrons with physical disabilities and those using access services. Our performance is designed for an outdoor garden venue. A sighted guide is suggested for visually impaired patrons. Accessible services will be listed on our website beginning on June 15th.

Please call Audience Services Lead Anna Hashizume (763-913-7672) for parking suggestions and access accommodations for each unique venue.

About Mixed Precipitation and A Picnic Operetta

Mixed Precipitation’s mission is to create unexpected theatrical experiences through unique partnerships and festive events that inspire social engagement.

Each summer we present our signature event, A Picnic Operetta, a lively theater experience touring community gardens, urban farms, parks, orchards and vineyards throughout the Twin Cities Metro and Greater Minnesota. A five-course tasting menu of locally grown, performance-inspired delicacies is served during the show. We bring together classical music, horticulture, food, and storytelling into a celebration of the harvest and our local food system.

This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.