Aliens Meet Star Trek

As if Star Trek didn’t already have enough characters to keep up with, “Star Trek Beyond” will have about 50 different kinds of aliens walking around on the ship. There is also a new television series surrounding the movie that is scheduled to be released. Back to the aliens, no one knows exactly what kind of aliens will be present. They will have a bit of character, and there will be a variety of colors to view while watching the movie. Many of the original Star Trek characters will still be in the movie, and there are special dedications to Leonard Nimoy at certain points. The cast recently held a fan interview to answer some of the questions about the film and what to expect with the plot. There was also a bit of discussion about the aliens that would be present. It seems like the series is nearing its end if it’s trying to maintain interest by introducing multiple aliens to mingle with the people who are already on board. However, maybe they are aliens that have been picked up during all of the other movies that have been made, finally breaking out of their hidden compartments on the ship.

Is the Small Opera House the Answer to the Decline of Opera?

Large opera houses are having trouble filling their seats all over the world. Has opera become outdated – certainly not. The themes of love, sacrifice, and tragedy that permeate operas are as poignant today as they have ever been.

Entertainment has been flooded with quick fix entertaining. Why should the audience learn to appreciate the intricacies of Wagner when Beyonce will tell you right away what she wants and means. Opera has been the long hold out for tradition, but like all art forms, it is changing. Large opera houses are changing the way their supporters experience a stage production.

Enter the small opera house. San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and Opera Philadelphia are experimenting with putting on new opera works to more intimate audiences in small opera houses. A number of factors have led to this trend from the decline of opera audiences to the rise of the chamber opera.

Small opera houses have a few advantages that are working well. They give an opportunity for young singers to perform on stage. These young voices that may not yet be big enough to fill a large opera house are well suited to the more intimate setting a small house provides. A small house means the audience is closer to the singers. They can see the facial expressions and hear all the delicate nuances of a voice that isn’t trying to fill a 3,000 seat house.

Opera, in the beginning, performed before smaller audiences. Perhaps a return to its roots is the answer to the dilemma of the decline of the opera.

The Drama League Awards For 2016

Many folks look forward to the awards that their favorite theatre productions might receive each season. There is one awards organization that is older than the Tony Awards (est. 1947), the Obie Awards (est. 1956), and even the New York Drama Critics Awards (est. 1943). The Drama League Awards have been recognizing outstanding performances and productions since 1922 when the first awards went out. Both Broadway and Off-Broadway productions are eligible, and the Drama League Awards are the only major awards elected by audience members.

The winners of the 2016 Drama League Awards were recognized during a ceremony on May 20 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square. Each May the League presents the awards at the yearly Awards Luncheon with the producers, directors, and performers attending. Earlier this year honorary awards were announced. These included the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater Award which went to 92 year old lyricist Sheldon Harnick for his work on such hits as Fiddler on the Roof. Also, the Founders Award for Excellence in Directing was awarded to Ivo van Hove for his body of work.

The primary winners include: The Humans for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play; A View from the Bridge for Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play; Hamilton for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical; and The Color Purple for Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical. There is an interesting twist to the Distinguished Performance Award — the winner can be given this award only once in his career. This Award for 2016 went to Lin-Manuel Miranda for playing the lead role of Alexander Hamilton in the musical Hamilton. Miranda also wrote the music, lyrics, and book for the production.