|Saturday May 31, 2014 7:30 PM - Saturday May 31, 2014 9:00 PM | $5.00 - $10.00
MOVE presents "The Old Maid and The Thief"
MOVE-Magnolia Opera & Vocal Ensemble performs a concert version of "The Old Maid and the Thief" by Gian Carlo Menotti. The comic opera in English tells a twisted tale of morals and evil womanly power. Menotti writes in the libretto "The devil couldn't do what a woman can- Make a thief out of an honest man."
Meet Miss Todd, the busiest busybody in her small town. Though she is of high standing in her community, her love life has been bare for over forty years. Her housemaid Laetitia is a young, catty eavesdropper who is wary of becoming an Old Maid like her employer. Bob, a wanderer, comes to Miss Todd's door one afternoon while the town gossip, Miss Pinkerton is visiting. Enamored of Bob's movie-star good looks, Laetitia easily convinces Miss Todd to let him stay. Laetitia then promises Bob free room and board. Bob remains in their house, as Miss Todd's "cousin Steve" to anyone who asks.
The next day, Miss Todd meets Miss Pinkerton in the street, and learns that an escaped convict is reportedly in the area. The convict matches Bob's description, and Miss Todd runs home to warn Laetitia that they are harboring a thief and must get rid of him. Once again, Laetitia, insinuating that Bob is in love with her, convinces Miss Todd to let him stay. To keep him from running away and revealing them as accomplices, Miss Todd leaves money out for Bob to "steal." However, before long she needs more money, and resorts to stealing from her neighbors. Meanwhile, Laetitia is falling in love with the wanderer and sings "Steal Me Sweet Thief," an aria of her love for him, asking him to steal her away before time ravages and withers her looks. Miss Pinkerton soon encounters Miss Todd again and warns her to "Keep all the doors locked, keep all the windows closed," because the thief (in actuality, Miss Todd) is in town and has stolen from the neighbors. Miss Todd plays along, agreeing that the mysterious crimes point to the indubitable presence of a thief. Meanwhile, Bob is sick of confinement and plans to return to the open road. Does Bob go or stay? Will Miss Todd continue her life of crime? Will Laetitia ever escape the boredom of small town living. And..<cue sound effect>...what about Miss Pinkerton?
MISS TODD.......KAROLINE BARNETT
COVER/MISS TODD.....TARA U'REN
COVER /LAETITIA.....ERIN BATLLE
MISS PINKERTON...AIMEE WOODS
MOVE INTERN/ASSISTANT.........RYAN MCPEEK
COLLABORATIVE PIANIST.DYANE ROGELSTAD
*edited from Wikipedia source
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