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AUTHOR: Carol van Opstal

Two young men and a young lady in a dark and stormy/windy photo

MSO: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 

4th February, 2019

Over the weekend, families and friends converged upon the Arts Centre, with the excitement of J.K. Rowling’s characters gathering at Kings Cross Station at the beginning of the school term. Instead of Platform 9 ¾, the audience entered various portals to Hamer Hall, to be transported to the magical world of Harry Potter.   Harry Potter…Read More

MSO: West Side Story

2nd August, 2018

The origins of West Side Story date back to the late ’40’s, when Jerome Robbins pitched the idea of a modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to composer Leonard Bernstein.The romantic tragedy, underpinned by themes of racial tension, conflict and prejudice was originally going to feature  Jewish and Puerto Rican gangs, and had the…Read More

MSO: Amadeus

25th July, 2017

Milos Forman’s sumptuous biopic was penned by Peter Shaffer, based on Shaffer’s eponymous stage play. The approach to telling the story of prodigious composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s life was thoroughly inventive and worthy of recounting here. Mozart died at the tender age of 35, but much mystery has surrounded the actual cause of death. As…Read More

Koyaanisqatsi with Philip Glass Ensemble

17th March, 2017

What better way to commemorate the 80th birthday of composer Philip Glass, than with a screening of Koyaanisqatsi, accompanied by a live performance of the soundtrack by the Philip Glass Ensemble. First to the film: released in 1982, Godfrey Reggio’s *Koyaanisqatsi* took more than five years to film, and forms the first of what was to…Read More