Baltimore Rock Opera Society will present short musicals featuring shadow puppetry, running May 28 to June 6, the theater company announced on Monday. Image courtesy of Baltimore Rock Opera Society.

Baltimore Rock Opera Society will present a trio of short musicals featuring shadow puppetry, running May 28 to June 6, the theater company announced on Monday.

The performances will be BROS’s first live production since 2019.

BROS Executive Director Aran Keating said the theater company is eager to welcome back live audiences.

“We’ve hardly been dormant during the pandemic, in fact, we’ve explored things we never would have otherwise, but we’ve all been hungry for the electricity that happens in front of a live audience,” Keating said in a statement. “Safety is our primary concern, but we think it’s time to do this, and we’re very excited to bring something totally unique and joyful as our first show back.”

BROS will hold its Shadow Showdown outside at The Meadow, a public green space in Downtown Baltimore at Park Avenue and Lexington Street.

Performances will run May 28-30 and June 4-6 at 8 p.m. each night. The show has a runtime of about 80 minutes.

Tickets are available now for $20. Audience members who want a more participatory experience, akin to a “Rocky Horror Picture Show” performance, can purchase the $28 Firmware Upgrade package, which includes a bag of interactive toys and props to be used during the Shadow Showdown.

Audiences should bring their own chairs or blankets for seating, and they will be required to wear masks and maintain social distancing from other groups.

BROS will also stream the performances on June 5 for those who are not comfortable attending public gatherings.

The production will be an anthology-style show with three original stories.

“Circa Rebus” will tell the story of a young girl and a bear, both trapped circus performers, who together plan their escape after learning to communicate telepathically.

In “The Legend of Demon Sperm,” a heavy metal band sets out to resurrect an entombed rock star, in a performance reminiscent of a mix of “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” and “The Goonies,” BROS said.

Meanwhile, “Robots” will follow a group of automatons who become sentient and seek to learn more about the humans they have replaced.

BROS has used shadow puppets in past shows, but Shadow Showdown will be their first production with shadow puppets as the main medium, the theater company said.

The shows will “explore and push the limits of what shadow puppetry is capable of,” with live actors, lighting effects and a live five-piece rock band, BROS officials said.

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Marcus Dieterle

Marcus Dieterle is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. He returned to Baltimore in 2020 after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Md. He can be reached at marcus@baltimorefishbowl.com...