By BTL Staff
Five15 and Stagecrafters are presenting Elton John & Tim Rice's "Aida" this month and into June, with Between the Lines and GOAL (Get OUT And Live) as media sponsors.
Based on Verdi's opera, "Aida" reimagines the story of Egyptian prince Radames and enslaved Nubian princess Aida, who despite their different backgrounds and the enmity between their countries, are transformed by an enduring love that lives across the centuries. The magical and melodious score is an eclectic mix of musical styles – from Reggae, West African and Indian to Motown and pop – and includes the award-winning "I Know the Truth" and "Written in the Stars." This Stagecrafters presentation is being presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.
Arielle Crosby fills the titular roll of Aida, with Dez Walker as Radames and Michael Ameloot as the pharaoh. The rest of the cast is rounded out by Emmanuelle Frowner as Mereb, Randi Hamilton as Nehebka, Jeffery Nelson as Amonasro, Christiana Perrault as Amneris and Jason Skidmore as Zoser. John Luther will direct the production, with Debbie Tedrick as Music Director.
In addition to the opening night of the rock musical, Stagecrafters will be hosting its "Toast Club" on Friday, May 22. Toast Club is a celebration of opening nights of their performances, held at a different venue in Royal Oak each production. The high-energy pre-glow celebration begins at 7 p.m. with an array of hors d'oeuvres and beverages; anyone with a ticket to opening night of "Aida" can partake. This production's Toast Club will be held at Cafe Muse, 418 S. Washington Ave., Royal Oak.
Tickets for "Aida" are $20 for Thursday performances and $22 for Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances. Tickets are $2 more at the door, with $2 discounts on Thursday and Sunday for seniors and youth.
Showtimes are 8 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with 2 p.m. matinees on Sundays. Performance dates are May 22-24, 28-31 and June 4-7. Stagecrafters will put on the performances on the Main Stage of The Baldwin Theatre, 415 S. Lafayette Ave., Royal Oak. For more information, call the box office at 248-541-6430 or visit http://www.stagecrafters.org.