January 29 and 31, 2019 at 7:30 pm and February 1 and 2, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Location: Warner Concert Hall
Tickets: Free (reservations required: contact CTS @ 800-371-0178 or email@example.com, or register online)
Music by Rachel J. Peters
Libretto by Royce Vavrek
Directed by Christopher Mirto
Conducted by Joseph Hodge
Quirky and darkly comic, The Wild Beast of the Bungalow follows an 11-year-old girl through a triptych of short operas. In “Mermaid in the Jar,” she begins a reign of terror over a most unwelcome living gift. The girl divorces her real parents in “Prairie Dogs” and creates her own taxidermied prairie dog family, only to find that they are not the affectionate substitutes she’d hoped for. Finally, in “Fine and Dandy,” she is quarantined in her room, facing forces she cannot control: the Fine and Dandies, a barbershop quartet of chicken pox, and her mother’s own ’60s-style girl group of illness, the Shingles.
The Wild Beast of the Bungalow is the inaugural work presented by the Oberlin Opera Commissioning Project, made possible by Elizabeth and Justus ’71 Schlichting.
—Photo credit: Ryan Bauer-Walsh