Sunday, April 06, 2008
Review: Maestro Michael Butterman and director Dick King fuse drama and music in Shreveport Symphony Orchestra concert - to mixed results
The blending of Mendelssohn's music for Midsummer Night's Dream with drama by The Company Repertory Theater, however, produced an uneven flow of drama and music.
Under the direction of Richard Folmer and Dick King, The Company colorized the stage with a snazzy version of the enchanted forest passage from Midsummer. Evocative performances from Bonnie Gillen, Benjamin Maxey, Dick King and John Bogan, first among a capable cast, tugged the audience into the wood. But there seemed a disconnect between the Mendelssohn and Shakespeare.
Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Fantasy was the evening's final fusion. A thundering rendition by the orchestra was matched with the hormonal balcony scene from R & J. Jessica Maxey's performance
as Juliet was engaging. Miss Maxey's growth as an actress seems steady and tangible.
Maestro Michael Butterman's adventure into artistic amalgamations was a welcome relief from the routine of a night at the symphony.
Butterman's merger between the symphonic and the visual arts (Bill Joyce among the artists) will be unveiled Sat, May 3. Called an Ocular Odyssey, it promises a starry admixture via Holst's music, The Planets.