Having presented and produced over fifty music appreciation lectures along with a dozen tribute concerts in several Puerto Vallarta stages, local musicologist Paco Ojeda is now turning his attention to two works, one century apart: Giacomo Puccini’s opera, La Bohème, and Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, Rent. “Both were premiered less than a week apart in February 1896 and 1996, respectively, and one is inspired by the other,” he explains. “So it made perfect sense to inspire new audiences with fresh connections to both works.”
This will be made possible by screening both works as part of The Boutique Community Theatre’s “Dinner and a Movie” presentations, hosted by Paco. La Bohème will be screened this Sunday, January 13 and Rent will be screened on Sunday, February 10, both at 5 pm. In addition, as part of his monthly series of music appreciation series, Paco will present “A Man, A Woman, A Candle,” a lecture connecting both masterpieces, on Saturday, January 19 at 6 pm. “Both works’ two central characters fall in love with one another in a torrid romance that begins with a burnt candle that needs to be lit,” he explains.
Billing his music appreciation lectures as “edutainment,” Paco relies on audio and video clips to connect audiences with a broad range of musical styles, instruments and musicians, often inviting guests to perform a song or two in order to enhance the experience. “As much as we are regarded as a vacation destination, I am quite certain that there are many people in our community that are looking for ways to nurture their minds, souls and curiosity through ongoing cultural and educational experiences.”
Occasionally, the lectures are enhanced through the participation of local musicians and performers as will be the case with “A Man, A Woman, A Candle. Local actor/director/performer Alain Perreault and Cesar Bravo of Princesas Desesperadas will perform a selection from Rent, while singer Kathy Overly will perform an aria from La Bohème, all accompanied by Jean-Guy Comeau at the piano.” All but Cesar Bravo joined Paco in a well-attended tribute to Frank Sinatra this past December at The Boutique.
“Helping those around me connect with extraordinary music is a truly empowering thing,” Paco explains. “I am thrilled with all the opportunities that The Boutique Community Theatre provides to anyone looking to broadening their comfort circle on and offstage.”
SCREENING: La Bohème, 2017 Royal Opera Production, Sunday, January 13 • 5 pm
LECTURE: A Man, A Woman, A Candle, January 19 • 6 pm
SCREENING: Rent, Live on Broadway, Sunday, February 10 • 5 pm
Attending all three events is highly recommended.
Paco Ojeda is The Boutique Community Theatre’s Publicity Manager. A Puerto Vallarta-based freelance communicator, he writes news and stories for Puerto Vallarta’s English-speaking community at his blog, paco-ojeda.com.