Guest Speaker: Andrew Flack – Behold the Meme

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Date: Saturday, October 19th, 2019

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Ages: Adult

Fee: $5 donation

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Author and librettist Andrew Flack will share the story of the creation of Behold The Meme, a “hybrid” operatic musical comedy based on the 2012 botched restoration of the “Ecce Homo” fresco in Borja, Spain. Character-driven, dynamic, fast-paced and funny—with a tender heart and beautiful accessible music—Behold The Meme has been created for audiences of all ages, with the premise “your disaster is often the source of your miracle.” With versions in both English and Spanish, this is musical theatre for a new generation.

Using music clips and video, Andrew Flack will preview the musical from its 2012 inception to its current pre-Broadway status.

A Synopsis of the Story:

In an attempt to save a forgotten and sadly deteriorated fresco in the local church, an elderly woman tries her hand at its restoration only to make matters worse. Outrage is rampant and threats are made. Even the ghost of the fresco’s original artist gets into the act. Swept up by social media, the story becomes an internet sensation, drawing tourists from around the world, helping restore the woman’s reputation and revitalizing the economy of the struggling town.

To date, composer Paul Fowler and librettist Flack have hosted four “staged readings” of the work and were honored with a 2016 concert in Borja, the village where their story is set (attended by 700 locals and visitors). They have also recorded 14 fully orchestrated audio demos (in Spanish and English) and several music videos. In 2018 Behold The Meme received its first full “orchestral reading” at Arizona State University under the auspices of Brian DeMaris, director of their Opera/Musical Theatre Program. This past May, BTM won a slot in Ft. Worth Opera’s prestigious week-long “Frontiers New Music Workshop,” where the work was enthusiastically received. The LBI Foundation Talk Using music clips and video, Andrew Flack will preview the musical from its 2012 inception to its current pre-Broadway status.

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