‘A Mulholland Christmas Carol’ Returns to Bishop
Once again the Theatre of Note from Los Angeles will bring the satirical musical ‘A Mulholland Christmas Carol’ to the Owens Valley. The show tells the story of the birth of Los Angeles by casting water baron William Mulholland in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in a California-set Christmas Carol. It presents a musical rendition of the LA water wars with Owens Valley that mixes harmonies, history and humor. This production will provide an acoustical, bluegrass take on the music. Complete with a live band, the troupe of 17 professional actors will fill the Bishop High School Auditorium with song and dance.
Every possible historical character appears during the show accompanied by song. William Mulholland sings of his love for the Los Angeles River and the building of the St. Francis Dam. The collapse of that dam and the tragedy of it take place right on stage! The original aria sung when Owens Valley water arrived in the San Fernando Valley is heard in full operatic fashion. Other players in the Owens Valley water story such as Teddy Roosevelt, Fred Eaton, J.B. Lippincott, John Westley Powell and Mary Austin make appearances and are cheered or booed. But the most moving roles are played by the ‘Owens Valley Folk’ as they sing in their innocence while their lives are changed forever. In 2005 the Owens Valley audiences understood every detail of the water history and laughed, hissed and occasionally teared up throughout the performance. Locals know what the Keeler ‘fog’ and the Alabama Gates are while audiences in Los Angeles often miss much of these subtle details.
This year’s show is hosted by Friends of the Inyo and the Theatre of Note with generous support from the Metabolic Studio and Lauren Bon. It is hoped that students and teachers of science, history, theater and music will all come out to enjoy the shows, especially the Sunday matinee with its Q&A with the actors, playwright and director. ‘A Mulholland Christmas Carol’ is good family fun with an added educational benefit. It will make us all proud to live in the Owens Valley.
In 2005 the show sold out in Bishop so this year two shows will be performed – Saturday, November 17 @ 8PM and Sunday, November 18 @ 2PM (with an hour after the show for Q&A with the cast, playwright Bill Robens and director Alina Phelan). Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Pre-sale tickets are currently on sale at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/293080. Tickets will also be available at the door. For ticket questions please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org