‘Voices of Carmen’ returning for virtual, outdoor performances

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Cast members from “Voices of Carmen.” Image via Facebook.

“Voices of Carmen,” Dance & Bmore’s updated take on the classic opera “Carmen” that sets the story in high school, is coming back for a series of virtual and outdoor performances.

Written and arranged by CJay and Winston Philip, the play includes some of Georges Bizet’s original songs, plus original numbers drawing from pop, hip-hop and R&B.

“I’m very excited to continue this program for our young people who’ve had so much of their lives cancelled this year already,” CJay Philip said in a statement. “Despite the state of the world, we felt that the show must go on and have been figuring out how to produce a virtual/video production that I think will be groundbreaking for a musical.”

The cast includes 34 young people: 26 cast members and 8 crew members.

The first show will be held virtually on July 20 at 6 p.m. and presented by the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

On July 30, the cast will head to Eager Park for an outdoor concert with space for social distancing.

Then, on Aug. 13 and 14, they’ll perform the show outside the Motor House in Station North in front of a drive-in audience.

The run of performances concludes with a Aug. 27 livestream performance on the show’s YouTube channel.

All the shows are free of charge, but the group is asking for donations to help raise $12,500.

Dance & Bmore, a local group promoting dance, theater and spoken word events, premiered “Voices of Carmen” in Baltimore in July 2019.

Brandon Weigel

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