Ballet, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Poe

CAPA and Shadowbox Live will present The Masque with Cleveland’s Verb Ballets at the Palace Theatre, on Thursday, May 15, at 8 pm. This original rock ballet weaves together various works by Edgar Allan Poe including “The Masque of the Red Death,” “Annabell Lee,” “The Raven,” “Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether,” and “The Pit and the Pendulum.”


Critics call the show “dazzling,” and “fantastic.”

With choreography by Cleveland’s Verb Ballets and a score by the musicians of Shadowbox Live’s band Light, the music boasts classical elements, including pieces by Beethoven, Schoenberg, Ives, and Ruggles, but still remains very much a rock performance, a la Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

The production takes place during a party in Prince Prospero’s castle (from “The Masque of the Red Death”). As the party guests move from room to room, a different Poe tale is told. Each scene begins with the narrator (Poe) setting the scene, but the choreography is what really tells the story.

by Anna Schaeffer

The Masque will be performed at the Palace Theatre on Thursday, May 15, at 8 pm. To purchase tickets, click here or call the CAPA Ticket Center at (614) 469-0939.

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