Alaskan opera fans are in for a rare treat. It isn’t often that world-class opera comes to Anchorage except via way of the downtown performing arts center. It’s even less often that opera shows up in the Chugiak-Eagle River area other than productions by the music and theatre departments of local schools or that of the Alaska Fine Arts Academy.
The executioner wore tennis shoes, scuffed white sneakers peeking from beneath his solemn robe. He deftly raised his scathe in preparation for the beheading. Suddenly, Victoria Otte’s voice rang out. “Shoes,” she yelled. “You can’t wear those, you need black.”
It’s a dream within a dream, a musical within a play, a sweeping epic within one beautiful and perfect song. And the finale, with all the actors’ voices blending together in a rendition of “The Impossible Dream,” very well might bring a few tears to your eyes.
Geoffrey Woods knew he wanted to dance from the time he was 3-years-old. That’s when “Lord of the Dance” came to Anchorage, and while he was too young to attend, he did watch the DVD his parents brought home.
It’s a play within a play, a time era within a time era, a joke within a joke. And it’s funny. The Alaska Fine Arts Academy’s production of Mary Lynn Dobson’s “The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood” mixes Monty Python type of humor with the traditional Robin Hood myth.