VIVALDI’S RING OF MYSTERY
Originally Created by Susan Hammond
Written by Douglas Cowling
Adapted for the Stage by Roderick Glanville
Presented by HOTEL RIALTO
Kaleidoscope Theatre for Young People presents the world premiere stage adaptation of Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery, November 1-3 at Victoria’s McPherson Playhouse.
It all started with a $450 demo tape. That tape led Susan Hammond to make the first Classical Kids recording, Mr. Bach Comes to Call, in 1988. Over 30 years later, Classical Kids has grown to include best-selling and award-winning CDs, DVDs, educational resources, books, touring symphony productions, and now, the latest theatrical offering from Kaleidoscope: Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery.
Classical Kids has gone on to sell more than 3 million units, including 5 Gold and 3 Platinum records, with 6 Juno Awards and even an Emmy Award. Now, an Internationally beloved collection, this successful series started out from Hammond’s dining room table. “One day I was reading to my girls with some music on in the background,” says Hammond. “I was struck by how they responded to the literature in a different way when enhanced by the music. I thought ‘I can do this!’” Her work paid off when, after an appearance on CBC radio, more than 4,000 listeners called the station, as well as Hammond’s home, to order. Hammond is the recipient of Billboard Magazine’s International Achievement Award and is a member of the Order of Canada for her contribution to the arts.
Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery tells the story of Katarina, a young violinist who is sent to study music at the great Pieta orphanage in seventeenth century Venice. There, she comes under the tutelage of the famous music director and composer Antonio Vivaldi and, aided by the colourful gondolier Giovanni, searches the thrilling but mysterious atmosphere of Carnival and the Island of the Dead for clues to her past and a vanishing Stradivarius violin. A touching climactic scene unites Katarina with her Grandfather and together they take Vivaldi’s music – “its spirit and soul” – out into the world.
The original audio recording of Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery claims dozens of top music, educational, and parenting awards. Based on this highly acclaimed recording, Kaleidoscope’s stage adaptation features David Radford, Finn Letourneau, and 9 year old Noa Paster under the direction of Roderick Glanville with Set Design by Barbara Clerihue, Costume design by Hannah Beth Stenberg, Lighting Design by Emma Dickerson, Projection Design by Jason King, and Stage Management by Kelsey Ward.
Vivaldi’s Ring Of Mystery plays November 1-3 at the McPherson Playhouse with School Matinee performances on November 1. Tickets start at $14.00 for children and are available through the McPherson Box Office (rmts.bc.ca / 250.386.6121). Kaleidoscope’s 45th Season continues with Charlotte’s Web, December 28-29, and The House at Pooh Corner, February 21-23, 2020.
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