Ladies and gentlemen, and children of all ages, the Peterborough Players invites you to go to the center ring of the Big Top with the first showing in their new Special Screenings series, The Flight Fantastic. This high-flying documentary will be on-screen at the Players on October 5th at 1pm. Audiences will also have the very special opportunity to participate in a talkback with the filmmaker – former Artistic Director of the Peterborough Players, Emmy- and Tony-nominee Tom Moore.
This fascinating look at the world of the flying trapeze centers on one of the greatest acts in circus history, The Flying Gaonas. First performing on a trampoline, the Gaonas went on to become a star attraction for the best circuses in the world, including Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. The Gaonas fill the screen with their dazzling skills and charisma, qualities that are undiminished in their “second act.” Having left the center ring, we see them pass the torch through teaching and coaching to new generations. Longtime Broadway, film, and TV director Tom Moore, a trapeze flyer in his own right, brings their story to life through interviews with family members and colorful archival material.
“Serving as Artistic Director of the Peterborough Players, coming as it did shortly after I graduated from Yale School of Drama but right before being offered the original Grease, was a very special landmark in my directing career,” says Moore. “Sally Brown took a chance on a very young director and the rest became my theatrical history. The Players have held a special place in my heart ever since… And it is a special joy to be able to share my documentary, The Flight Fantastic, at the Players, as the world of the aerial arts has been another great passion in my life.”
While Moore is perhaps best known in the theatre as the director of the original Broadway production of Grease, he also directed the original production of the Pulitzer Prize winning play ‘night Mother. In addition, he directed the film version of ‘night Mother with Sissy Spacek and Anne Bancroft. His work garnered Emmy nominations for episodes of hit TV shows like ER, Mad About You, and L.A. Law. He was a fellow at the American Film Institute, and he holds a B.A. from Purdue University and an M.F.A. from the Yale University School of Drama.
The Players is thrilled to offer this unique opportunity to be mesmerized by the story of The Flying Gaonas and to learn more about the film from Tom Moore. Tickets to The Flight Fantastic are only $20 and are available now through the Players website, peterboroughplayers.org, or by calling (603) 924-7585. The Flight Fantastic is appropriate for audiences of all ages!
Peterborough Players invites you to travel to the Metropolitan Opera, the National Theatre of London, the flying trapeze of the Ringling Brothers circus and more in their 2019-2020 Arts on Screen series. In addition to the return of their offerings from the Met: Live in HD and the National Theatre Live, the Players adds a series of three Special Screenings, bringing a unique, curated lineup of on-screen events.
The stunning, ultra-high resolution cinematography of the Players Arts on Screen series allows audiences to see every detail and feel as if they have been transported to New York, London, or beyond while remaining in the comfort of the Players’ warm and welcoming theatre. In addition, Dolby® sound is custom designed for the theatre and gives breathtaking realism. It is an exclusive ticket to some of the greatest companies in the world!
The new Special Screening series is an opportunity for audiences to see films and performances that they might never get to see, beyond those from the Metropolitan Opera and the National Theatre Live. The first in the series is a very special event with a deep connection to the Players. On October 5th, former Players’ Artistic Director Tom Moore will be onsite to screen his high-flying documentary The Flight Fantastic, about one of the first families of trapeze arts, the Flying Gaonas. Emmy and Tony award-nominated Moore, director of the original Broadway production of Grease and the Sissy Spacek film ‘night Mother, will be on-hand at the Players for a talkback post-screening. The Special Screenings series will also include two thrilling musicals from London, the tap dance classic 42nd Street (December 14th) and the Cindi Lauper-scored Kinky Boots (February 15th).
For opera lovers, the Met: Live in HD features ten extraordinary pieces, from classic and contemporary. Highlights include Puccini’s perennial audience favorite Madama Butterfly (November 9th) featuring the great Plácido Domingo as Sharpless; Philip Glass’ hypnotic and virtuosic Akhnaten, with a company of acrobats and jugglers (November 23rd); and the return to the Met of one of America’s favorite operas, The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, in a vibrant, all-star production which has garnered rave reviews (February 1st).
Rounding out the series are six productions from the National Theatre in London. The Lehman Trilogy (November 16th) tells the story of the financial family behind Lehman Brothers, from arrival in America in the 1800s to present day collapse, featuring Simon Russell Beale. Arthur Miller’s classic All My Sons (January 25th) boasts Sally Field and Bill Pullman as Joe and Kate Keller, while Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (March 7th) sees Gwendoline Christie of Game of Thrones fame as Titania.
Subscriptions and single tickets are on sale now. Tickets for the Special Screening series and the National Theatre Live are $20; the Met: Live in HD is $25. Subscriptions are always a great way to see more for less! Find information about the full 2019-2020 Arts on Screen series on the Players’ website, peterboroughplayers.org. Tickets are available through the site or by calling (603) 924-7585.