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Opera: The Barber of Seville

Theater & Fine Arts I am reprinting this article that came out in The Visitor. I find it of interest to our community and hope they do not mind my sending it out to another audience. Lets support our Arts here in Panama. This is an exceptiionally good production. “The Barber of Seville” - March 15 A troupe of renowned Italian and Argentinian opera singers will take part in Gioacchino Rossini's "The Barber of Seville", on Thursday, March 15 at Anayansi Theater at 8:00 p.m. The opera is the first part of the Figaro trilogy by French playwright Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais. The original Beaumarchais version was first performed in 1775, in Paris at the Comédie Française at the Tuileries Palace. Rossini is well known for his fast work at composition, and true to his style, all the music for Il Barbiere di Siviglia was completed in under three weeks; though the famous overture was actually borrowed from a prior Rossini opera, “Aureliano in Palmira”. Barbiere was first performed on February 20, 1816, to disastrous failure: The audience hissed and jeered throughout the performance, and several on-stage accidents occurred. The second performance, however, met with quite a different fate, becoming a roaring success.
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"Center for the Arts" / San Carlos / Inauguration Fiesta Sat. 13 Jan.

Theater & Fine ArtsI have received this from two good friends, Karen Coffee and Cheryl Jackson Klein who live in Gorgona and Corona Beaches. I want to pass this on to you as this probably will be of interest to all of us. It is very close to our community and something more to do. There will be a grand opening of a new "Center for the Arts" that is now opening in SAN CARLOS, which is just ten minutes past Coronado. I have not seen it yet, but it may be something to look at while you are in the area. Maybe if you have a skill that can be provided to others you could inquire about possibly contibuting to their list of courses, classes, making your skills available to others...giving you something other to do then just enjoying retirement. You can see more detailed information by visiting their website at: http://www.fincalamaya.com/index.html Directions: From Panama City, drive southwest on PanAmerican highway ("autopista") for one hour 15 minutes to .8 km past village of San Carlos . Turn RIGHT onto a paved road marked by an enormous white arrow painted on its surface. Pass through the tiny village of "Nance" (town name not indicated anywhere) always bearing to the right. After 3 green houses, watch for the baseball field with hurricane fencing on distant right, then bear (but not turn) to the right to leave the paved street, and make an immediate hard left onto an unpaved road. Here you will see the red and orange Finca La Maya logo on a small circular marker Continue on this bumpy country road to the fork marked by a white cross. Bear left, and at the next fork (at small house), bear right. You will see the red gates to Finca La Maya. (more)
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New Culture & Arts Center Opens in Panama

Theater & Fine Arts Finca La Maya inaugurates a new Culture & Arts Center on January 13th, 2007 with a benefit concert at 2 pm. The new 500 square meter Arts Center is located on forty scenic acres an hour from Panama City and minutes from spectacular Pacific coast beaches. The spacious and light-filled structure is versatile - providing numerous areas for meetings, art courses, yoga, or group activities. The 110 square meter air-conditioned indoor classroom is matched by an equally large covered outdoor balcony area. Additional outdoor studios offer space usable for construction, ceramic, or sculpture projects. The cultural retreat is available for instructors of all kinds to bring small groups for deeper investigation of whatever disciplines they teach: painting, photography, yoga, holistic medicine, or other types of retreats. Finca La Maya welcomes course or session proposals from private groups. Group rates are available. (more)
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The Canterville Ghost - by the Theatre Guild of Ancon

Theater & Fine ArtsGood morning Don can you inform your readers of the up-coming production at The Theatre Guild of Ancon? Let me know. The Spanish version is below. Thank you. Gale Email: cellucci@cwpanama.net Tel/Fax: 264-4271 A VERY SPECIAL HALLOWEEN EVENT AT THE THEATRE GUILD OF ANCON The Theatre Guild of Ancon will have a staged reading of Oscar Wilde's THE CANTERVILLE GHOST on October 26, 27 and 28. This adaptation was written by Edgardo Molino García, and was originally staged as a full play a the TEATRO ALHAMBRA, and won an Escenas Award for Best Direction for its director, Gabriel Perez Matteo. The Guild's version is a staged reading, directed by Rosario Barrera. THE CANTERVILLE GHOST is a Victorian tale about Sir Simon of Canterville, doomed to wander until a prophecy is fulfilled and the American Otis family. The family does not believe in ghosts, which of course, offends Sir Simon terribly. All sorts of mischief happens once the ghost pits himself against the Otis twins, William and Henry, leading to some very funny situations. The play stars Winston Johnson as Sir Simon. Also appearing are Joanna De Icaza, Enrique Pareja, Andrés Holder, William Sun, John Carlson, Amit Nathani, Irina Starr and Rosario Barrera. Curtain time is 8.00 p.m. Donation is $10.00. Reservations, please call 212-0060. The Theatre Guild of Ancon is located next to the PTJ offices in Ancon
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Bruce Quinn's "Cabaret" Opens Tommorrow

Theater & Fine ArtsPanama's Best Director of live theater presents the musical "Cabaret" starting on 7 September 2006 at the Teatro el Circulo in Panama City. The show will run until 30 September at 8:00 pm every evening (5:00 pm on Sundays.) Anything Bruce puts on the stage is worth seeing. The show is produced by Bruce Quinn and his partners in crime Diana Abouganem and Nikki O. de Roy and opens tomorrow. These photos are a slide-show taken at the last full-speed dress rehearsal. You can get tickets at Blockbuster or at the box office. If you've never been to the Teatro de Circulo, from Transistmica turn right at the Arrocha pharmacy and go straight to the end of the street. You will see Scuba Panama straight ahead, so turn to the right. The theater is half-way down the next block on your right. Arrive early to get easy parking.
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Pull up to their bumpers and see some Panamanian art

Theater & Fine Arts Bus art? You can expect to hear that question asked several times when the fourth Liverpool Biennial opens in the city from next month. The festival, held in the city every other year, celebrates contemporary art and as anyone who has scratched a head in puzzlement over Turner Prize winners will know, that could mean some very strange things. At the FACT centre, for example, one Norwegian artist will be contributing work that consists entirely of smells, while at the Liverpool Tate an American's work will be simply voices. Neither will offer anything to actually look at. So thank goodness for Oscar Melgar and Jesus Jaime, from Panama, two other artists contributing work to the Biennial. I found them working in a concrete lock-up near Great Homer Street, where they were creating very recognisable images. Here were footballers, singers, musicians and famous faces, all created in a straightforward figurative style. Naturally, this being the Biennial, there had to be something different and there was. They were painting them on the sides of buses. The pair have travelled to Liverpool to paint a series of buses, some for community groups, others that will be used by the general public. It's an art they have practised for the last 20 years. Visitors to Panama City, their country's capital, will have seen examples not only of their work but a variety of others. It is a tradition there that buses are painted in individual styles. Indeed, although the buses have numbers, the locals often prefer to call them by names. The bus painters of Panama have a distinctive style. Not for them the commercial advertising that we often find in Britain, but individual fine art as generally requested by the bus owners.
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An Update from Bruce Quinn

Theater & Fine Arts I continue to be wrapped up in theatrical projects here in PTY with LA EXTRAÑA PAREJA / THE ODD COUPLE by Neil Simon doing very well at the Teatro La Quadra right across the street from the CORTIJO & SIETE MARES restaurants in El Cangrejo. The show is in Spanish and we're running through June 4. The GREAT news is that we have been invited to Venezuela to perform in the Teatro Maria Teresa Corriño which is Venezuela's National Theater. This is really a compliment to theater in general here in PTY for any group to be invited outside of the country to show our stuff. we'll be performing in Caracas for two evenings June 30 & July 1, 2006. Another developing story is that three young Panamanian chanteuses are at this time in Buenos Aires competing in the Latin American version of The AMERICAN IDOL. The organization has held auditions in four LA capitals including Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, and now Argentina. 6,000 aspirants auditioned in each of the capitals and now they have been whittled down to 25 finalists in each capital...except BA where the auditions are being held. Our ladies, Janelle Davidson, Priscilla Moreno, and Ingrid Icaza Garcia de Paredes all have passed the first audition and their second hurdle is this Monday. It would be nice if your readers could... say a little prayer ...for them as Dionne Warwick used to sing. Thanks for letting me bend your ear. Keep up the good work. Bruce Quinn Theatrical Director

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'THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST' by Oscar Wilde

Theater & Fine Arts Come join us and enjoy this classic play called 'THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST' by Oscar Wilde running:
February 9, 10, 11 and 16, 17, 18, 2006 at 8:00 p.m. at THE THEATRE GUILD OF ANCON beside the PTJ in Ancon Donation: $10.00 RESERVATIONS: 212-0060 "The outrageous deceptions two dashing young bachelors find themselves in, over love! Whenever Jack Worthing wants to leave his dull country life behind, he makes visits to the city posing as his fictitious “brother” Ernest. There he becomes smitten with the ravishing Gwendolyn. But when Worthing is in town, his playboy pal Algernon goes to the country and falls for Worthing’s young and beautiful ward Cecily, while also impersonating Ernest!
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Last week to see 'TREASURE ISLAND'

Theater & Fine ArtsThe Theatre Guild of Ancon Celebrating 55 years of continuous entertainment with volunteers from the community. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to theatrical arts. Come join us for our final presentaions. Lots of laughs and audience participation. Hope to you on the front porch.
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"The Nun-cracker" - Musical Comedy

Theater & Fine Arts This fantastic Christmas musical comedy "The Nuncracker" (Sor-Cascanueces) will be running in the Teatro en Círculo from 9 November until 7 December. Directed by Bruce Quinn and presenting Any Tovar, Cristina de la Fuente, Janelle Davidson, Cheli de Boyd, Victoria Greco, y Félix Gómez witn a chorus of six wonderful children. The musical director is Edgardo Quintero and choreography is by Melina Samaniego. Shows every night from Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and a Sunday matinée at 4:00 p.m. For reservations call 261-5375 or 261-5259.
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