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Music & Comedy

Future Perfect-a modern tale of curiosity, Directed by Nick Sandys

FUTURE PERFECT: The Magic Flute meets The Wizard of Oz in this fantastical world premiere perfect for all ages!
From Bellissima Opera’s award-winning Transcendence Opera Series
Future Perfect tells the adventures of Miranette, a curious youth who leaves a forbidding society to go towards a future she wants to see. Along her way, she meets a colorful cast of young people, puppets, dragons, butterflies and grown-ups who help her. The result–quantum entanglement! This full production is supported by an intergenerational cast of 31 individuals (ages 4-79) orchestra, costumes and sets.

Future Perfect is the latest opera in Bellissima Opera’s Award-Winning Transcendence Series by librettist Christine Steyer and composer David Shenton. It is directed by Nick Sandys, a Jeff Award-nominated director, actor and educator.

The first opera in the series, On Call: COVID-19, honoring global healthcare workers, tied for first place in the 2020-21 National Opera Association Production Award.

Future Perfect is drawn from five years of workshops with 1,300 local youths examining themes of separateness, interconnectedness and transcendence from a variety of lenses. Facilitated by musicians, poets and artists, the workshops yielded many of the opera’s lyrics and costume designs.

The Future Perfect workshops involved students from Chicago’s Nicholas Senn, Lane Tech and Al Raby High Schools and John Kinzie Elementary School, as well as Lincoln Elementary School and youths from the Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Oak Park.

2022 Show Dates:
Thursday, June 23, 7:30pm
Friday, June 24, 7:30pm
Saturday, June 25, 7:00pm
Sunday, June 26, 4:00pm
Show Details:
In English with open captioning
1 hour 45 minutes, no intermission
Appropriate for ages 5+
Free parking lots next to theater
Free street parking
Accessible by Green Line and bus
Theater is mobility accessible
Tickets $5–$50
Aftershow extras: Talk back with the creators of Future Perfect; meet the performers, dragon and puppets in the lobby



Category: Arts | Performing Arts | Theatre | Musical


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