Tonight is the opening of the Universty of Houston’s production of Jaques Offenbach’s La vie Parisienne (The Parisian Life) and I had the opportunity to go this past weekend to see the piano dress rehearsal of one of the casts. Two girls from my church choir are students at U of H and extended an invitation for me to come see it. I had never been to the campus or the school of music so it was nice to visit!
The school of music with “Winged Victory” standing guard
Crazy art instillation hanging above the audience
This is where the fancy people sit!
Some of you may say: “who the hell is Jaques Offenbach… never heard of him.” You may not know the name, but he’s responsible for this little ditty…
He is primarily known for his contribution to French operetta, which in essence is what bridged the gap between opera and American musical theater. It’s lighter and frothier than your usual opera experience and, unlike opera, has dialogue in it.
The director of this production decided to update the show to kind of the mod-60’s era (I think), which will explain some of the sets and costumes.
WHERE’S OUR DINNER!?!?!?!?!
Although it was not her cast’s night to rehearse, my other friend from choir, Molly, was watching the action. (Probably seeing if her double was making any mistakes! :) )
Unfortunately I was only able to stay for the first half, but I was able to grab a quick shot with Julia while she was running off stage to change for Act III.
In bocca al lupo, ladies!
Artist: Barry White/ Album: All Time Greatest Hits