Epic Sea-Faring Musical Continues Umbrella Season
Spectacular Stagecraft, Musical Storytelling, Makes for a Rousing Adventure
October 12, 2021
Adventure lovers of all ages are invited to set sail on a high-energy, family-friendly epic that combines live, narrative folk music, puppetry, and theatrical effects for a unique, fantastical theater experience as The Umbrella Stage Company continues its 2021/2022 season with the The Old Man and The Old Moon, Nov. 12 - Dec. 5!
Theater Mirror's Tom Boudrot raves, "The music is excellent...shadow puppetry used to great effectiveness... lighting is stylish and inventive....All the artists acted, played instruments and sang wonderfully in ensemble" to produce "plenty of laughs and musical numbers to amuse and delight all ages"!
The Old Man has kept his post as the sole caretaker of the moon for as long as he (or his wife, the Old Woman) can remember. When she is drawn away by a mysterious melody sparking memories of their shared past, the Old Man must decide between duty (and routine) and love (and adventure). Luckily for audiences everywhere, he chooses the latter, and what follows is an imaginative sea-faring epic, encompassing apocalyptic storms, civil wars, leviathans of the deep, and cantankerous ghosts, as well as the fiercest obstacle of all: change.
Directed by the award-winning Julia Deter, it stars Jonathan von Mering*, Gregory Boover*, Emily Serdahl*, Jennie McGuinness, Jay McCarthy, Kayla Shimizu, Lily Steven, Griffin Ostrowski and Erica Risti, each of whom also play instruments, and features dazzling sets, lighting, and stagecraft to tell an unforgettable story of love and devotion.
"…100 minutes of sheer artistry that will have you leaving the theater with a smile on your face and a warm feeling in your heart." - Around the Town Chicago
"This is a story of time and tides and quests, the sort of fable on which mythologies and religions are founded ... [the creators ask] us to appreciate the finer arts of wild storytelling, while speaking to the childish mind in all of us." - The New York Times
ABOUT THE SEASON
The Old Man and The Old Moon will be presented at The Umbrella Arts Center's Mainstage Theater144, 40 Stow Street, Concord, with limited seating capacity to allow for optimal social distancing. Facemasks are mandatory, and proof of full vaccination or negative Covid test is required for attendance.
The 2021-2022 season lineup also includes: an updated, relevant new presentation of the satirical The Colored Museum; an original world premiere play commission created by Hortense Gerardo; and the joyous musical comedy Head Over Heels, from the visionaries behind Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Avenue Q, fueled by music from the Go-Gos.
Tickets $15-$44 ; Flex Subscription and Full Season Subscriptions available
Discounts for students, seniors, military families, groups, Card-to-Culture eligible attendees
Group Discounts: Groups of 10 – 14 save 10%; groups of 15 and up save 15%. EBT, WIC, ConnectorCare Card-to-Culture discounts available. Contact the Box Office for more details.
Free parking is usually readily available in municipal parking lots adjacent to building and directly across Stow Street (not normally shown on Google maps), as well as on most surrounding streets. See a map of ADA parking and entrances around The Umbrella here.
The Umbrella is in Concord Center, easily accessible from the Walden exit of Route 2. The Umbrella is also 2 block walk (about 0.4 mi., 7 minutes) from the Fitchburg Commuter Rail Concord Station stop at 90 Thoreau Street.