THEATRE & MUSIC: Noéme Kiss, Lynn van Deursen & Judy Runions
April 12 @ 7:30 pm$18
“An Unconventional Life”
April 12, 7:30pm
Tickets $18 at Taghum Shell and Eddy Music
Imagine a time when girls were denied an education. They were supposed to stay home, learn the skills of a home maker, get married and raise a family. Imagine if a young girl wanted more for herself. “An Unconventional Life” is the story about such a girl.
“An Unconventional Life” was created when local soprano Noémi Kiss decided to fulfill a lifelong dream of singing all the songs from the movie Yentl with music by Michel Legrand. She asked Kaslo thespian Lynn van Deursen if she could “write something theatrical” to link all the songs together and create a performance piece that would showcase the songs as well as tell the story. Noémi then approached Nelson pianist Judy Runions to see if she’d be willing to transpose the orchestral score from the movie and be her accompanist.
This production is an example of what can happen when three artists collaborate during the winter months and dare to dream, not only about Spring returning, but also about sharing their creative efforts with an audience.
The piece examines gender inequality, what it means to challenge the status quo, and one young woman’s journey to find her way in a male dominated society without losing herself. Performed as if she is speaking to a young graduating class, she tells her story with spoken word and song.
Last year’s production at the Langham was very well received and the cast is excited to remount the production this April. The timing of this tour also makes for a fitting tribute to Michel Legrand’s music, as he passed away in January 2019 at the age of 86.
Please join Lynn, Noémi, and Judy as they tell the tale of a young Jewish woman who challenged the status quo and chose education over traditional values.