Thursday, April 28, 2011

Desert Song - Ahmadi Music Group - 31 May, 1,2 3 June - Box Office Now Open

The Ahmadi Music Group, directed by Richard Bushman, is delighted to announce the forthcoming production of The Desert Song by Siegmund Romberg and Oscar Hammerstein.  Fully-staged, with costumes, dancing, professional soloists, a cast of around fifty people and a full symphony orchestra, this will be a wonderful opportunity to experience an evening of musical theatre in the stunning new Performing Arts Centre at The English School Salmiya.

The Desert Song is one of very few operas in existence set in the Arab world. It tells the story of the efforts of the French in Morocco, in about 1910, to suppress rebellion by a band of desert outlaws, the Riffs.  The stern General Birabeau is sent from France to be in charge of the combat; he is impatient that his son Pierre is not interested in soldiery.  Only at the end does he discover that Pierre is secretly the dashing Red Shadow, leader of the Riffs.  The production includes comedy, romance, warfare, and more romance.

Desert Song is not well known nowadays, but in the first half of the 20th Century, its songs were performed by every major singer and orchestra and dominated the charts.  Most tellingly, it has been made
into a full Hollywood film three times, making it one of the most sought-after theatre properties ever created.  In 1929, it was the first all-talking Hollywood musical ever made.

Join us for an evening full of eastern promise...

Tuesday 31 May, Preview Performance for students.  Tickets 4KD

Wednesday 1 June, Black-tie Gala Opening Performance followed by Buffet
Supper.  Tickets 10KD

Thursday 2 June, Performance. Tickets 8KD adults/ 4KD children under 12

Friday 3 June, Performance. Tickets 8KD adults/4KD children under 12.

All performances start at 7pm at The English School, Salmiya.

We had sellout performances for Carmina Burana, our last production in January 2011.  To avoid disappointment, book your tickets now by emailing or phone/text 66184192.

Get yo CULTCHA on, baybeeee! :)

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