The Pacific Dance Ensemble will take audience members on a journey through the Realm of the Sun and the Realm of the Moon this weekend, as the group unveils its new production of “The Magic flute.”
The tale, which sees the young Prince Tamino accompanied by the comic Papageno on a search for truth and true love, will play for two weekends at the Newport Performing Arts Center, with narration from veteran actors Khloella Brateng and Pete Theodore.
Brateng has narrated numerous shows for the ensemble and views the role as view providing a linguistic bridge between the audience and the dance.
“We help make the visual more accessible to all kinds of audiences,” she said,” no matter what age, whether they know the story or not.”
“I always love having Khlo by my side,” said director Nancy Mittleman. “I write the scripts for all my shows, but in the past few years, Khlo has been helping me to edit and develop them. She has a wonderful way with words, a keen eye for drama and know-how for revealing just enough information, at just the right time to maintain an element of surprise while still conveying the story.”
Like Brateng, Pete Theodore is no stranger to Newport audiences, having performed with Red Octopus Theater Company, Porthole Players, Central Coastal Chorale and New Vision Arts, where he was most recently seen as The Other in “Riva Beside Me.”
The trick for these two veteran actors is to project only their voices onto the stage — and otherwise to remain invisible as the dancers work their magic.
The task of showing the dancers in the best possible light falls to longtime lighting designer Ernest Brown, a veteran of numerous local theater and dance companies.
“Ernie’s lighting design is an actually part of the set design in this year’s performance of ‘The Magic Flute,’” said Mittleman, “with many special effects and projections, sure to surprise and delight the audience.”
The show opens this Friday, May 19, and runs through Sunday, May 28, with performances at 7 pm every Friday and Saturday, and 2 pm matinées each Sunday.
All performances take place at the Newport Performing Arts Center, 777 W Olive Street.
Tickets, $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors, are available at the box office, by calling 541-265-ARTS or online at www.coastarts.org.