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PAAC takes Kalevala production on the road
NEGAUNEE - It may have been different from the more typical musicals "Bye Bye Birdie" or "Sweeney Todd" put on by the Peninsula Arts Appreciation Council at the Vista Theater this summer, but "Kalevala: Land of Heroes" has grown far beyond the normal weekend or two run of a show.

First, "Kalevala," based on a Finnish mythic cycle, was written by Ishpeming resident Paul Olson, using the original poem as its base.

Second, the entire production, including 16 of the original 18-member cast, was taken on the road to be shown at the Detroit Finnish Cooperative Summer Camp Association in downstate Wixom for two performances last month. ...
Aw man, I would have liked to see that. Not being Finnish gets in the way of seeing some cool things.


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Sep. 12th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
this is awesome
Sep. 12th, 2009 05:03 pm (UTC)
It is, innit? I think I was up north too late for the productions in Negaunee, and I'd have no way of knowing of the productions down here because it was probably advertised pretty narrowly. Maybe they'll revive it sometime soon.
Sep. 12th, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
I wish I could have seen that, too; I've read part of the Kalevala (auf english, natch) and it's quite a work.
Sep. 12th, 2009 05:04 pm (UTC)
I've had an edition of the Kalevala on my Amazon wish list for a while, but I might have to do more than just wish for it, like, maybe go to John King books today and look for a copy.
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Sep. 14th, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
I have a different version in my Amazon wish list ( this one), but it's not as if I know what I want; I probably just selected what came up first in the search. Thanks for the recommendation!

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Sep. 14th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
I just read the Wikipedia summary, and now I need either some Prozac or some whiskey.
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Sep. 16th, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
What perfect timing! Did the dog get any sort of theatrical award for his performance, or maybe just extra dog treats?
Sep. 13th, 2009 08:20 am (UTC)
It sounds really funny to hear Wixom called "downstate" whether logical or not.
Sep. 13th, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC)
Wixom is so much part of metro Detroit now, it's not even funny. The incredible spreading urbanized area, this is.
Sep. 13th, 2009 04:32 pm (UTC)
And without an urban center. I know.

Wixom has a funny place in my family folklore. When I was a kid, we lived in Wayne County (Melvindale, later in Dearborn Township) and my grandparents lived in Oakland County where things were mostly still rural. My dad would try different routes between our house and theirs to avoid traffic or construction. Invariably, he'd get turned around and lost. When that happened, we'd always end up in Wixom. ;p Eventually he learned how to get to everyplace he wanted to go from Wixom.
Sep. 14th, 2009 11:02 pm (UTC)
Wixom might actually be a vortex of ... something. :)
Sep. 14th, 2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah. One hesitates to say "Wixom sucks" but apparently it did back in the 50s and 60s...
Sep. 16th, 2009 12:31 pm (UTC)
Don't forget MST3K's effort to bring the Kalevala to the American public:


DB may still have that one on VHS... it was a classic!
Sep. 16th, 2009 03:48 pm (UTC)
I just asked if he still had it. We might have to watch it. I think my VCR still works.
Sep. 16th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
If not, there's always this:


If you don't mind low res and ten segments. You Tube is kind of like watching the 8mm home movie version of MST3K!
Oct. 11th, 2009 02:21 am (UTC)
I'm the dude who wrote that script. That's why I friended you.

If you look back on my LJ, especially posts tagged "The Kalevala Show" you can read more about it.
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