Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Emma on the Town

Hi, Lyceum fans! Events Manager Emma here… The month of September was all about film & theatre for me – a trip to Stratford, Ontario with the Honors Program, and a visit to the little-known Detroit Film Theatre in the Detroit Institute of Arts.

The annual trip to Stratford was a particular hit this year, with a bawdy, colorful performance of Kiss Me, Kate – based on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew – and a magical performance of The Tempest. There were so many special effects that they needed their own “magic coach”… Ariel flew about the stage, Prospero appeared to float up out of a trapdoor, and thunder shook the building while the famed tempest shipwrecked Gonzalo and his men. The entire cast played their roles wonderfully, from the mischievous Ariel to the vengeful Caliban, but the true star was Christopher Plummer as Prospero. He assumedly drew packed audiences all season, but this final performance was undoubtedly the most enthusiastic. The cast received several standing ovations after three months of performing – a wonderful note to go out on.

While this season is coming to its end, there’s still some time to go catch a show. Check out the 2010 season’s shows, and check back soon for the 2011 season!

Going out closer to home, I went to the Detroit Film Theatre two weeks ago to see a showing of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. The silent 1927 film was accompanied by the Alloy Orchestra, right there in the theatre with us, and I haven’t stopped raving about it since. Don’t be put off by the fact that it’s silent or that it’s in black and white – the music and acting tell the story beautifully, without the modern luxuries of color & sound. The movie follows the story of a young man who takes interest in the plight of the working class in a dystopian metropolis. It has everything – love, social commentary, evil female robots… And 30 minutes of extra footage, recently discovered in Argentina!

The Detroit Film Theatre also has a great fall schedule planned out, so I suggest you enjoy a friends’ night out or a romantic date at this Detroit gem.

And remember: Friday at midnight is our submission deadline!

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