Final days of Egypt's 'Aida'
Waldoboro — The Waldo Theatre's big summer production, Tim Rice and Elton John's "Aida," has three more performances at the downtown theater, Main Street/Route 220. Show times are Thursday through Saturday, July 19 through 21 at 7:30 p.m.
The story is a timeless Romeo and Juliet turn, taking place in ancient Egypt — same story as the opera, sans the elephants — with a bit of mystical-based hope for a brighter future … even if it takes millennia. In this production, Radames (Tod Widdecombe), the Egyptian captain, is betrothed to the beautiful Amneris (Stefanie McAllister) but falls in love with a slave (really, a Nubian princess) called Aida (Devin Fletcher). His power-hungry father (Todd Martin) wishes for him to go forward with the wedding so the throne of the Pharaoh (Jared Heath) will belong to their bloodline.
Filling out the story and the cast are Mereb (Bill Coombs), who plays both sides in an attempt to see Nubia again; Amonasro (Brad Fillion), father to Aida, who forbids her to be with an Egyptian; Nehebkah (Maggie Kelsey), the slave who sacrifices herself to protect her princess; and an ensemble of Egyptians, Nubians, soldiers and ministers played by Tabitha Ordway, Justice Kennedy, Cayleigh Hearth, Hilary Harkins, Aspen Jones, Sam Inman, Marcus Carter and Braeden Waddell.
The show is directed by Melissa Hearth with musical direction by Sean Fleming. His orchestra consists of nine musicians including the young and talented Griffin Han Lalime and some local favorites including Allen Millet and Chuck Macgregor. Costumes are by Kerry Weber with some assistance from Lois Thomas as well as numerous others in the community; Sue Ghoreyeb crafted the headware, and Jim Buckingham handles the lighting.
Tickets are $15, $12 students and senior citizens, in advance; and $18 and $15 at the door. They are available at Maine Coast Books in Damariscotta and Waltz Pharmacy in Waldoboro.
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