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August 26, 2009 > Curtain to rise on AIDA

Curtain to rise on AIDA

Submitted By David Ojakian

Curtain Call Performing Arts is set to premier the west coast's only production of Elton John and Tim Rice's, AIDA. Playing at the Lisser Theater on the Mills College campus in Oakland,, AIDA opens to a Gala event Friday, August 28 at 6 p.m., followed by the show at 8 p.m.

AIDA is a contemporary musical take on a tale of the timeless bond between an enslaved Nubian princess and an Egyptian soldier. As forbidden love blossoms between them, the young lovers are forced to face death or part forever. Together, they set a shining example of true devotion that ultimately transcends the vast cultural differences between their warring nations, heralding a time of unprecedented peace and prosperity. With a pop-rock score that features stirring ballads and rousing choral numbers, Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA is a modern crowd pleaser that embraces multi-cultural casting and exuberant dancing, staging, and singing.

The all star cast is directed by Catherine Heck (San Leandro) and features some of the best actors, singers and dancers from all over the San Francisco Bay Area. Audiences are sure to be captivated by the fearless Nubian princess Aida - Aubine Wise (Vacaville), the handsome adventurer Radames - Ben Euphrat (Piedmont) and the egotistical Amneris - Melissa Modifer (San Leandro) as their tangled love story unfolds.

Curtain Call's production of AIDA has an eight show run: Aug 29, 30, and Sept 5 at 2 p.m.; Aug 28, 29, Sept 3, 4, and 5 at 8 p.m.. All Saturday matinee performances will be ASL interpreted, allowing a wide range of audiences to experience this incredible musical theater production. All shows performed at the Lisser Theater, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland.

Tickets for Elton John & Tim Rice's AIDA can be ordered by calling the Curtain Call Box Office at (510) 909-9516 or by visiting the company website -

Saturday, Aug 29 - Sept 5
8 p.m. (and 2 p.m. Aug 29, 30, Sept 5)
Lisser Theater
5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland
(510) 909-9516

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