Mozart’s 1791 opera, Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), is thrust into modern times and a not-so-distant future. Our young heroes are early-career professionals entering essential professions with a high risk of burnout. Young Tamino is a first-year teacher at an underfunded school, Strange Land Middle. Pamina is a mental health nurse, but she’s been highjacked by a wellness startup.
This futuristic telling of the opera is created by music director Gary Ruschman, playwright Francisco Benavides, and staging director Taous Khazem. Mixed Precipitation tells the story with a cast of singers, puppeteers, and instrumentalists, featuring Mozart’s fiery arias, epic choruses, and the groovy beats of the 90s discotheque, including Deee-lite, Pizzicato Five, Icelandic pop star Björk, and other 90s hits.
Our cast and crew of thirteen professional artists will bring a fresh version of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) to communities throughout Minnesota this summer, including the North Shore, Iron Range, and southeastern Minnesota, as well as Viroqua, Wisconsin.
2022 TOUR DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!
CAST: Pamina - Corissa Bussion and Jennifer LeDoux (week 3 and 4) Tamino - Roland Hawkins Sarastro - Rudolfo Nieto Queen of the Night - Lizz Windnagel Papageno - Loki Graham and Nick Miller (week 3 and 4) Lady of the Night / Papagena - Joni Griffith Monostatso / Puppeteer - Jäc Miller INSTRUMENTALISTS: Ginna WatsonInstrumentalist Uchenna Chidozie Gary Ruschman
TRAVELING STAFF: Stage Manager - Brian Hirt Audience Services - Alex Yang Tour Manager and Producer - Scotty Reynolds Production Manager (Driver) - Jäc Miller Anti-Oppression and Wellness Facilitator - Akiko Ostlund
CREW: Staging Director - Taous Khazem Music Director - Gary Ruschman Contributing Writer - Francisco Benavides Costume Designer - Rhiannon Fiskradatz Puppet Designer - Lizz Windnagel Choreographer - Jäc Miller Anti-Oppression and Wellness Facilitator - Asher Edes