506 E. 24th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55405
Region: Uptown/ Eat Street
For the first time in nearly five years, Michael Sommers presents a brand-new, full-length puppet show at Open Eye Figure Theatre. This time, Sommers tackles The Sorcerer's Apprentice, taking Goethe's famed 1797 poem "Der Zauberlehrling" in fresh and unexpected directions. The last time Sommers crafted a completely original full-length work at the theater was 2007 with A Prelude to Faust, which also took its inspiration from the works of the German master, whose writings have inspired generations of writers and moody folks. "Der Zauberlehrling" is a bit lighter than the suicide-inspiring The Sorrows of Young Werther (the inspiration for the Minnesota Opera's recent Werther) or the soul-testing musings of Faust. If you've seen Disney's Fantasia, you know the basics: Sorcerer leaves apprentice alone with chores. Apprentice decides to use magic to make his life easier. Chaos ensues. Sommers will take the basic shape of the original 14-stanza poem and expand it, adding to the general mayhem. While appropriate for children as young as eight, the piece—like much of Open Eye's work—is aimed at adults as well. Along with the script and puppets from Sommers, the production features original music composed by Eric Jensen, and puppetry work by Kyle Loven, Liz Schachterle, and Justin Spooner. Previews run February 8 and 9. (Photo by Larry Lamb)
Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 4 p.m. Starts: Feb. 9. Continues through March 11, 2012