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Lysistrata

Ellen McLaughlin’s fresh, fast-paced comedy, inspired by the Aristophanes play, follows Lysistrata, an Athenian housewife, who calls for the women of Greece to help end the Peloponnesian War. She proposes a radical plan: all Greek women must refuse to engage in lovemaking until the men see reason, lay down their arms and come home to lay down with their wives in peace. The women agree to make the sacrifice and pandemonium ensues as men wander the country in an agony of unsatisfied lust. Will Lysistrata and her crew accomplish what the politicians could not?

Bat Boy: The Musical

Story and Book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming

Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe

Directed by Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski 

Based on events as chronicled in Weekly World News, Bat Boy: The Musical is a musical comedy/horror show about a half boy/half bat creature who is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. For lack of a better solution, the local sheriff brings Bat Boy to the home of the town veterinarian, Dr. Parker, where he is eventually accepted as a member of the family and taught to act like a “normal” boy by the veterinarian’s wife, Meredith, and teenage daughter, Shelley. Bat Boy is happy with his new life, but when he naively tries to fit in with the narrow-minded people of Hope Falls, they turn on him, prodded by the machinations of Dr. Parker, who secretly despises Bat Boy. Shelley and Bat Boy, who have fallen in love, run away together from the ignorant townfolk and have a blissful coupling in the woods, but their happiness is shattered when Meredith arrives and reveals a secret. Soon the entire town arrives and hears the shocking story of Bat Boy’s unholy origin.  In between the howls of laughter and using virtually every style of music, Bat Boy: The Musical tackles American prejudice, the fierceness of modern religion, genetic engineering, and lots more.

Bat Boy: The Musical

Story and Book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming

Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe

Directed by Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski 

Based on events as chronicled in Weekly World News, Bat Boy: The Musical is a musical comedy/horror show about a half boy/half bat creature who is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. For lack of a better solution, the local sheriff brings Bat Boy to the home of the town veterinarian, Dr. Parker, where he is eventually accepted as a member of the family and taught to act like a “normal” boy by the veterinarian’s wife, Meredith, and teenage daughter, Shelley. Bat Boy is happy with his new life, but when he naively tries to fit in with the narrow-minded people of Hope Falls, they turn on him, prodded by the machinations of Dr. Parker, who secretly despises Bat Boy. Shelley and Bat Boy, who have fallen in love, run away together from the ignorant townfolk and have a blissful coupling in the woods, but their happiness is shattered when Meredith arrives and reveals a secret. Soon the entire town arrives and hears the shocking story of Bat Boy’s unholy origin.  In between the howls of laughter and using virtually every style of music, Bat Boy: The Musical tackles American prejudice, the fierceness of modern religion, genetic engineering, and lots more.

Bat Boy: The Musical

Story and Book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming

Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe

Directed by Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski 

Based on events as chronicled in Weekly World News, Bat Boy: The Musical is a musical comedy/horror show about a half boy/half bat creature who is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. For lack of a better solution, the local sheriff brings Bat Boy to the home of the town veterinarian, Dr. Parker, where he is eventually accepted as a member of the family and taught to act like a “normal” boy by the veterinarian’s wife, Meredith, and teenage daughter, Shelley. Bat Boy is happy with his new life, but when he naively tries to fit in with the narrow-minded people of Hope Falls, they turn on him, prodded by the machinations of Dr. Parker, who secretly despises Bat Boy. Shelley and Bat Boy, who have fallen in love, run away together from the ignorant townfolk and have a blissful coupling in the woods, but their happiness is shattered when Meredith arrives and reveals a secret. Soon the entire town arrives and hears the shocking story of Bat Boy’s unholy origin.  In between the howls of laughter and using virtually every style of music, Bat Boy: The Musical tackles American prejudice, the fierceness of modern religion, genetic engineering, and lots more.

The Planets, Reimagined with artist Gary Kelley

Artist Gary Kelley brings Gustav Holst’s extraordinary magnum opus to life in a riveting and completely unique artistic collaboration with the WCFSO. The 2007 original was one of the most captivating local artistic endeavors in recent memory; this reimagined version of Gary Kelley’s Planets takes the project to a new level, with additional artwork, expanded story and Scott W. Smith’s cinema-quality HD presentation.The concert will also feature a special appearance by Gary offering insight into the process of creating this unforgettable event.

This season-finale special presentation is the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony at our best, transforming a favorite masterpiece into a truly remarkable sensory experience through our dynamic approach to presentation and performance. This is concert is not to be missed!

Bach at Easter with WCFSO Soloists

Enliven your Easter season with the incredible talent of your own WCFSO principals and the UNI Cantorei. Featuring music from J.S. Bach’s Easter cantatas and his first Brandenburg Concerto, this program showcases Bach’s transcendent genius and brings the vivid musical history of Easter to life.

There’s also an extra Easter surprise: the area premiere of a “New Brandenburg Concerto,” Aaron Jay Kernis’ Concerto with Echoes, a fascinating and playful exploration of the Baroque aesthetic

Sounds of Iowa

Celebrate the first glimmers of spring with a sweeping narrative concert featuring our area’s finest young musicians and Cedar Falls resident Bill Witt’s prairie photography.

Inspired by the sounds of our state, Jonathan Chenette’s Rural Symphony is a whimsical depiction of life on the Iowa prairie. Antonín Dvorák’s American Suite, composed just after his stay in nearby Spillville, takes a panoramic approach to the richness of our country’s folk music. Aaron Copland’s signature poignant voice is front and center in rarely performed music from his opera The Tender Land, inspired by Midwestern American farm life.

Past & Present with Hunter Capoccioni

This beautiful showcase of innovative masterpieces past and present features principal bassist of the WCFSO, UNI faculty member, and artistic director and founder of the Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival, Hunter Capoccioni performing John Harbison’s Concerto for Bass Viol. Harbison, one of today’s most influential American composers, brings to life one of the most powerful and rarely featured orchestral instruments.

Framed by Samuel Barber’s Medea ballet suite and orchestral music from Mozart’s opera La Clemenza de Tito, this intriguing program invites a conversation between the past and the present. Barber’s characteristically romantic melodies are fused with the Greek mythological tale of Medea. Mozart’s final historical opera, La Clemenza de Tito, rounds out this thought-provoking display of the ways musical language combines past and present.

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