CASPER, Wyo. – Opera Wyoming’s latest production, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change!” premiered Friday night for a six-day total run at The Lyric in downtown Casper.
According to the company’s website, the producers decided to move forward with the production even as events and shows around the state canceled in rapid succession since Thursday.
“We strongly feel that during times of uncertainty, the performing arts provides a sense of stability and reassurance,” said Opera Wyoming on its Facebook page. “We want to offer that to you.”
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They are asking for people feeling any illness to stay home, and say they are offering a safe experience. In addition, The Lyric staff is disinfecting all of the seating before and after the performances, and hand sanitizer is readily available.
For this performance, the company built its own stets in its own studio, now based permanently at The Lyric.
“This is such a welcome opportunity to us as a company,” said spokesperson Cathy Becker by email.
“Having a space to rehearse, store props and costumes, and perform is so difficult to find in Casper! We feel very blessed!”
“I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change!” premiered off Broadway in 1997 and has earned accolades for its music and comedy.
The Opera Wyoming version is directed by Kris Kontour, with musical direction by Diane Lynn Frame, and features performers Mary McPherson, Daniel Quintana, Joe Rosen, Johanna Swisher.
Performances are March 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m., and a matinee on March 15 at 2 p.m., as well as next weekend on March 20 and 21, with a matinee on the 22nd.
More information can be found at Opera Wyoming’s Facebook page.