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The Art Screen Scene

By Mary Adair Trumbly

The Highlands Performing Arts Center screens great art, musical comedy, passion, and the earth-shaking collapse of a financial powerhouse.

The Highlands Performing Arts Center begins the Live via Satellite Series on Friday, October 4, at 5:30 P.M. with the Great Art on Screen documentary “Tintoretto: A Rebel in Venice.” This film fully immerses audiences in the life of the last great artist of the Italian Renaissance. The optional Dinner Discussion will be held at 4118. Seating is limited, so please call (828) 526-5002 for reservations.

The next day brings a new genre offering from By Experience: Musical Theater. Captured Live from London’s West End, it’s “Kinky Boots,” set for 1:00 P.M. Saturday, October 5. The winner of every major Best Musical Award on Broadway and the West End, this show is the true story of Charlie Price, the new owner of his late father’s Northampton shoe factory. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save the family business from bankruptcy, Charlie finds inspiration from Lola, an entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos.

The MET Opera has two offerings in October: “Turnadot” by Puccini on Saturday, October 12, at 12:55 P.M. Franco Zeffirelli’s spectacular production returns with powerhouse soprano Christine Goerke in the title role, alongside tenor Roberto Aronica as the unknown prince vying for her love.

“Manon” by Massenet is presented on Saturday, October 26, at 12:55 PM. Massenet’s tale of passion, excess, and their consequences stars rising soprano Lisette Oropesa in the effervescent title role. Tenor Michael Fabiano is her ardent admirer.

The National Theatre of London will be screening “The Lehman Trilogy” at 1:00 P.M. Saturday, October 19. The story of a family and a company that changed the world, told in three parts on a single evening. On a cold September morning in 1844, a young man from Bavaria stands on a New York dockside. Dreaming of a new life in the new world. An American epic begins. But then, 163 years later, the firm they establish – Lehman Brothers – spectacularly collapses into bankruptcy, and triggers the largest financial crisis in history.

Tickets are available online at highlandspac.org or at the door. Highlands Performing Arts Center is located at 507 Chestnut Street.

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