“We had a couple priorities this year,” Arts Council Director Katie Oliver said. “We wanted to bring in a traveling theater production because Kodiak has a very active theater community, but it’s been a number of years since we’ve brought in a professional theater troupe. We also wanted to get world music into our season this year.”
Oliver said they ended up with a slightly theater-heavy program.
Split Knuckle Theatre will present “Endurance,” a play that has an insurance salesman reliving the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton, the Antarctic explorer, as he tries to save his employees’ jobs.
“In part, it’s a re-telling of the story of Ernest Shackleton,” Oliver said.
On January 28, Robot Planet’s “The Intergalactic Nemesis” will perform. It’s a “radio play meets comic book,” according to the arts council’s mailer, and will be here in late January. Voice actors, a sound effects artist and a pianist create the audio for a sci-fi story on comic pages that flip through on a movie screen.
“Not only have we never had anything like it before, I’ve never even heard of anything like it,” Oliver said. “It looked so unique and so fun and like it would appeal to such a wide variety of audiences that we jumped on it. There are many other presenters who were interested in bringing them to the state as well.”
Kodiak will be the second-to-last of six Alaska stops, according to Intergalactic Nemesis’ tour schedule.
Another theater performance is “Tarzan” with four dates scheduled in March. “That will be an entirely local group,” Oliver said. The arts council will hold auditions in January.
On the music side of things, the arts council is bringing in Sybarite 5 and Metales M5. Sybarite 5 is a string quintet from New York that plays music of all genres from Mozart to Radiohead. They’ll be kicking off the season on October 18.
Metales M5 is a brass quintet from Mexico. Their genre ranges from opera to blues to pop to soundtracks to Latin American music.
To end the season, The Second City, a comedy theater and school, will be performing short scenes, songs and improvisations in late May. According to the council’s mailer, it’s “the world's premier comedy theater and school of improvisation.”
“There’s some really high quality and interesting groups coming,” Oliver said. “I think there’ll be some things different his year than in recent years, particularly with Intergalactic Theatre and Split Knuckle Theatre. We tried to respond to some requests we received to bring in classical music, which is what you’ll see with Sybarite 5.”
Metales M5, Sybarite 5 and Split Knuckle Theatre will be offering educational opportunities while they are here, although firm details are not yet available.
All of the performances will be held at the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium in the Kodiak High School. Tickets and a complete schedule are available at kodiakartscouncil.org/heer.
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