Some pieces of art, whether handcrafted or performance, transcend time and find a celebratory place in history – or, as some like George Takei and William Shatner might say, they live long and prosper.
One such work will be showcased this weekend, when the Southern Illinois Music Festival boldly goes where no opera production has gone before. A cast of professional opera performers will present a “Star Trek”-inspired rendition of Mozart’s comic opera “The Abduction from the Seraglio.”
Mozart’s original score comes to life with a new twist and English translation written by director Josh Shaw. Capt. Kirk, Spock, Lt. Ohura, Klingons, a green Orion slave girl and an entire harem of alien slaves run amuck on sets inspired by the original “Star Trek” series.
Loaded with slapstick comedy and campy tributes to the popular sci-fi franchise, the show aims to appeal to an audience of all ages. The “Star Trek” theme helps makes the story more relatable to those who might otherwise be turned away from opera.
The opera will be presented at 7:30 Friday, June 27, and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 29, at the Carterville High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $8 for students and are available at the door. A free pre-performance lecture precedes the Sunday matinee at 1:15 p.m. in the school cafeteria.
The remaining Southern Illinois Music Festival schedule includes:
Thursday, June 26
Benyas family recital: 5 p.m.; First United Methodist Church of Carbondale; free
Clarinet, cello and piano recital: 8:30 p.m.; First United Methodist Church of Carbondale; free
Friday, June 27
Klassics for Kids: children’s event; 10 a.m.; Christopher Civic Center; free
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Jive with Jazz: children’s event; 11 a.m.; Murphysboro Youth and Recreation Center; free
Klassics for Kids: children’s event; 12 p.m.; Johnston City Free Will Baptist Church; free
“The Abduction from the Seraglio” by Mozart: comic opera; 7:30 p.m.; Carterville High School; $25 premium, $20 general, $8 students
Saturday, June 28
Klassics for Kids: children’s events; all at 10 a.m., all free; locations: University Mall, Carbondale; Old Feed Store, Cobden; Renascence House, Makanda
SIU Extravaganza: wine, hors d’oeuvres and music; 7:30 p.m.; SIU Student Services Building; $50; limited to 200 patrons
Sunday, June 29
“The Abduction from the Seraglio” by Mozart: comic opera; 2 p.m.; Carterville High School; $25 premium, $20 general, $8 students
New Arts Jazztet: 5:30 p.m.; Alto Vineyards, Alto Pass; free