Briefs: Musical will make debut at Verona theater
On Sept. 12, the New Olde Bank Theatre in Verona will raise the curtain on the world premiere of a musical.
Featuring a score by Vincent Chelkowski and a book by Sean Michael O'Donnell , "Soul" is the culmination of a five-year collaboration by area residents. Chelkowski, formerly of Natrona Heights, now lives in Kittanning. O'Donnell, the artistic director of the New Olde Bank Theatre, grew up in Freeport and lives in the Observatory Hill section of Pittsburgh.
"Soul" draws on two stories from Greek mythology:
• Aphrodite's plans to have her son, Cupid, destroy the beautiful Psyche unravels when Cupid falls in love with the mortal princess.
• Longing to escape her mother's watchful eye, Persephone journeys into the Underworld where she encounters the mysterious Hades. What begins as an awkward misunderstanding soon develops into a passionate -- and ultimately forbidden -- love.
"Soul" runs Sept. 12 to 28 at the New Olde Bank Theatre, 722 Allegheny River Blvd., Verona. Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays through Sundays.
Admission is $10. Seating is limited, and reservations are strongly encouraged.
Details: 412-251-7904 or online .
-- Alice T. Carter