Hidden Gem: Boo! (the other kind)

ghostly Even in sunny Southern California, January is a great time for a good ghost story.  A little marine layer (what we like to call fog), enough chill to wear socks in the morning, and we can not only pretend to have seasons, we can still revel in the winter traditions that don’t involve packing or shoveling of cold white stuff.

Henry James’ classic novel, Turn of the Screw, is redolent with grey gloom, and when Benjamin Britten turned it into an opera, he did a rather stellar job of maintaining the sense of haze and terror.  Written around the turn of the last century, the tale is set in an 1840s at a remote estate in Essex, England, where the new governess arrives to find two rather distracted children and a couple of recently deceased servants.  What happened to these people?  Can she save the children from the potentially deadly influence of their ghostly companions?  The intrigue is very much of its time – many treatments of this story have failed to make it as gripping as it was to contemporary audiences.  But in the capable hands of the team at Pacific Opera Project, this hotly anticipated show is likely to yield an entirely different result.

Featured performers include Rebecca Sjowall, Clay Hilley, Marina Harris, Jennifer Wallace, Katy Tang and Ariel Downs.  The run opens Saturday night, and includes five performances through January 19, all at the very central Inner-City Arts in downtown LA.

POP Turn of the Screw 2014

Pacific Opera Project presents

The Turn of the Screw

by Benjamin Britten

Jan 11 @ 8:00 pm
Jan 12 @ 3:00 pm
Jan 17 @ 8:00 pm
Jan 18 @ 8:00 pm
Jan 19 @ 3:00 pm


Tickets $20-35
Opening night gala $100
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Rosenthal Theater
Inner-City Arts
720 Kohler St.
Los Angeles, CA 90021
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Originally published in Next 7 — Vocal events thru 1/16/14.

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