The Lamplighters Student Night at the opera Performance date is Friday, May 3 at 11 a.m.

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Lamplighters Student Night at the Opera for The Mystery of Edwin Drood!

What is the Mystery of Edwin Drood?

The Mystery of Edwin Drood is based on the final novel by the English author Charles Dickens. Like many of Dickens’ works, The Mystery of Edwin Drood was meant to be published as a series of installments, but Dickens’ death in July of 1870 left the work half-finished, with little clues as to his intended ending. Rupert Holmes’ musical adaptation presents the story as a show-within-a-show, as the Music Hall Royale – a delightfully loony Victorian theatre company – presents Dickens’ brooding mystery. Most excitingly, the ending is determined by YOU, the audience!

About Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) is lauded as one of the greatest writers of the English language, and was one of the most popular and successful writers of his time. His plots revolve around solid moral center, with a social justice framework that holds a mirror to the societal evils of his time. While good triumphs in the end, it is the adversity his heroes and heroines must navigate, and the moral compass by which they do so, which develops the characters who have become beloved across centuries.

Dickens published dozens of novels and novellas, as well as short stories, plays, and non-fiction works, but some of his best-known works include A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, and of course, The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

About the English Music Hall

Music Halls became popular in England around 1850, and continued to be a popular source of entertainment until World War I. Comparable to the vaudeville circuit in America and Folies Bergère (1869) and the Moulin Rouge (1889) in France, music halls were a popular spot for regular entertainment, featuring a variety of acts – musical, comedic, mime, acrobatics, magic and impressions. Patrons were typically working class and lower middle class, but music halls were sometimes frequented by upper middle class and even members of the gentry seeking more sensational entertainment. The halls featured a rowdy atmosphere with flashy, risqué and bawdy offerings, with acts that sought to elicit an emotional response from the audience, whether raucousness, hilarity, awe, or sentimental tears.