In the Mood really put me in a good mood yesterday afternoon at the Bill Heard Theater at the RiverCenter. I enjoyed the tribute to the big band era of the 30s and 40s, not only because it was the popular music of my youth, but because of the top-notch performances of the orchestra and the singers and dancers.
As you would imagine, the audience was made up of Columbus area seniors. And there were a lot of them there. I was glad to see that because some shows are the RiverCenter aren’t attracting large crowds. This one did, and the audience loved it.
I think I enjoyed it even more because, along with my fellow members of the Columbus Academy of Lifelong Learning, I had just attended the RiverCenters’ backstage tour. It was truly interesting to see all of the stuff that goes on to present a big show. Just standing on the orchestra pit elevator as it was lowered and raised in front of the gargantuan stage and seeing how it worked with a unique set of jacks was worth the time spent on the tour.
It is truly a wonderful facility with its three first-rate theaters, the Studio Theater for smaller intimate productions, Legacy Hall for mid-sized concert events – Professor Joseph Golden played a fanfare he wrote on the million-dollar Jordan organ for us – and the world-class Bill Heard Theater that rivals anything in New York.
The largest share of money to support the operation is from ticket sales. I hope you’ll do your self a favor and enjoy some of the shows, and support the facility in the process.
The famous Gilbert and Sullivan comic operetta The Mikado plays the BH Theater on March 2nd. It will be performed by the New York Company, a full-fledged production with a 17-piece orchestra. The Mikado is one Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular operettas. It is touted to be a very colorful production, set in Japan, but it really satirizes Victorian Britain institutions. I plan to be there. Hope you will join me.