Although Gioachino Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” is two centuries old, it’s still one of the most popular operas in existence, thanks in no small part to Warner Brothers. Their cartoon “The Bunny of Seville” is responsible for much of the music remaining in pop culture.
“When everyone, including Bugs Bunny, has covered an aria, you have to know that it is a keeper,” Mobile Opera Executive Director Scott Wright said.
The infectious comedy revolves the machinations of Figaro, a village barber and jack-of-all-trades whose romantic ploys of distraction and deception go hilariously awry.
The eight-person cast and all-male chorus are helmed by stage director Eric Gibson. A veteran of several Mobile Opera productions — including a “Mikado” set in a Japanese hibachi restaurant — he has earned kudos.
“[Gibson] is brilliant at comedy and you can always count on him to make the details count,” Wright said.
Performances are Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. at The Temple Downtown (351 St. Francis St.). Tickets cost $45 and $30, and $10 for students.
Call 251-432-6772 or go to mobileopera.org.
Keller saga staged in Chickasaw
Regardless of Lone Star sentiments, Alabamians are proud of native daughter Helen Keller. Her early childhood in Tuscumbia was detoured by an illness that left her blind and deaf before she was 2 years old, obstacles breached through the struggles of teacher Anne Sullivan, who arrived at the Keller home in 1887. Keller went on to become the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree.
The inspiring clash-turned-union of teacher and student became “The Miracle Worker,” a cycle of works based on Keller’s autobiography. Playwright William Gibson adapted his 1957 “Playhouse 90” teleplay into a stage version.
Chickasaw Civic Theatre runs this legendary work at the Lola Phillips Playhouse (801 Iroquois St.) Oct. 12-21. Friday and Saturday curtain is at 7:30 p.m., Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.
Tickets cost $15.75, $12.50 for students/seniors/military.
Call 251-457-8887 or go to cctshows.com.
Baldwin Pops goes to the beach
The Baldwin Pops presents a free concert on Oct. 14 at 4 p.m., close to the sandy shores of South Baldwin County. The show features work from Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story,” Justin Hurwitz’s “La La Land,” Henry Mancini, Pierre La Plante and William G. Harbinson at Orange Beach Library Green (26267 Canal Road).
The concert is sponsored by the city of Orange Beach. The Baldwin Pops Band is also sponsored by an Alabama State Council on the Arts grant.
For more information, visit baldwinpops.com or search Facebook for Baldwin Pops Band.