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Mixed Precipitation 15th Annual Summer Operatic Adventure – Pickup Truck Opera Volume Three: Romeo and Juliet

Mixed Precipitation celebrates 15 years of out­door summer fun, performing one of the most beloved and famous tragedies in the theatre tra­dition, Romeo and Juliet, adapted from Vincen­zo Bellini’s 1830 opera, I Capuleti e i Montecchi (The Capulets and the Montagues).

Juliet and Romeo are online strivers in a time of global strife. She’s lifting up others through her social media career – teaching survival skills, sharing recipes, and DIY crafts. Romeo is doc­umenting his van-life travels, inspiring millions to live life to the fullest, even in the darkest times. These two social media sensations are tired of depending on clicks and likes to survive. So they’re teaming up for a cross-country elope­ment and honeymoon. But larger forces plan to disrupt their destiny.

This adaptation of the beloved tragedy prom­ises laughter, gorgeous bel canto melodies, and calamitous romance. This timeless tale of star-crossed lovers careening toward doom is tragi­cally hopeful and hopefully tragic. Continuing Mixed Preciptiation’s tradition of musical in­genuity, this production also features the music of Fleetwood Mac, The Fugees, and the Pixies – star-crossed bands whose passionate romance and feuds play out in their music.

For this 15th summer production, Mixed Pre­cipitation welcomes new artists to our team: staging director Tara Moses and multi-hyphen­ated theater artist and playwright Denzel Belin. Music director Gary Ruschman and artistic di­rector Scotty Reynolds and movement director JacobMiller contribute to this modern adapta­tion.

Sopranos Corissa Bussian and Jennifer Le­Doux lead the cast, sharing the role of Juliet (Guilietta) on alternating weekends. Mezzo-So­pranos KrisAnne Weiss and Kara Morgan share the role of Romeo. Tenor Paul Coate plays the role of Tabaldo, Romeo’s rival. Mark Billy and Joshua Eidem share the role of Lorenzo. Bari­tone Nick Miller returns for his 4th Mixed Pre­cipitation production as Capellio, Juliet’s father. Multi-instrumentalists Ruschman, Miller and Uchenna Chidozie accompany the drama. Watch our website for information about the rotated cast.

This touring spectacle features the work of set designer Alex Hathaway, costume design­er Rhiannon Fiskradatz, props designer Woody Timberheart, and stage manager Brian Hirt

OUTDOOR PERFORMANCES

Their 2023 summer tour includes performanc­es in sprawling parks, nature centers, and farms all over Minnesota. Audiences are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and beverages for comfort and hydration. The performance lasts approxi­mately 75-90 minutes. All shows are outdoors. Watch their website and social media for weath­er delays (http://mixedprecipitation.org/sum­mer-2021-dates/).

Mixed Precipitation began this mobile format in 2020, using a blue 2011 Ford Ranger Pick­up Truck and a trailer as the container and plat­form for the opera’s action. The Pickup Truck will bring pop-up performances to audiences on neighborhood streets, public squares, libraries, and care facilities.

Local 2023 Summer Tour

Thursday, August 24th at 6:00 pm

Schaap Community Center (GTVFD Hall #1)

7401 Gunflint Trail, Grand Marais, MN 55604.

one mile north of the Clearwater Rd. turnoff

Friday, August 25th at 6:00 pm

Hovland Town Hall

4957 East Highway 61, Hovland, MN 55606

Presented by the North Shore Music Associa­tion and Opp-Hvidston Foundation

Saturday, August 26th at 3:00 pm

Sweethearts Bluff in the Grand Marais Recre­ation Area, 114 South 8th Avenue West, Grand Marais, MN 55604

Presented by the North Shore Music Associa­tion and Opp-Hvidston Foundation

Sunday, August 27th at 2:00 pm

Finland Heritage Site

5653 Little Marais Rd, Finland, MN 55603

About Mixed Precipitation

Mixed Precipitation’s mission is to create festive theatrical events that inspire social engagement. Since 2009 they have presented their signature events, A Picnic Operetta and Pickup Truck Op­era, at community gardens, urban farms, parks, orchards, and vineyards throughout Minnesota. The company showcases musicians and theater artists with fun adaptations of operas by Mozart, Handel, Beethoven, Purcell, and many others. Their work has been presented by St. Mary’s University, Carleton College, The Sheldon The­atre of Red Wing, Historic Holmes Theater of Detroit Lakes, and community groups all over Minnesota. Their site-responsive outdoor perfor­mances have become a Minnesota summer tra­dition. Previous projects include the Mpls Pinter Studies, and the Winter Olympic Quadrennial salon and opera, Tonya and Nancy (2010, 2014, 2018).

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.

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