Appearing as Queen Boudicca is Providence native and Berklee alumna, Ava Gaudet. Ms. Gaudet appeared on Broadway as Maureen in RENT and her numerous TV credits include NCIS, Mike and Molly, Private Practice and as Gina Gambarro in ABC’s Ugly Betty.
Adrienne Cowan plays the warrior Asceawa, Boudicca’s second in command. Also a Berklee alumna, Cowan is the lead singer of the Boston-based metal band Seven Spires. She is also known for singing with Sweden’s Amaranthe, and Brazilian Melodic rock/metal guitarist Mike Kerr, with whom she received the International Portuguese Music Award for Best Rock Performance in ’16 .
The show also utilizes powerful art projections for the scenery, all custom created for the show by a local North Smithfield artist, Gary DesLauriers.
“We plan to publish 3 comic books using the artwork created for the show, continuing the saga begun with Queen Boudicca” says Bob Schlink. “And patrons of the show can purchase T-shirts emblazoned with Gary’s powerful art.
“The use of a metal band’s music may, at first, seem odd and appear dissonant to the ears. But when put into context with the violence, betrayal and tragic theme of the opera, the music fits right in and is truly appropriate to move the story along,” says Bob Schlink.
QUEEN BOUDICCA a Metal Opera will be presented at Rhode Island School of Design Auditorium, 7 Canal Walk, Providence River Greenway, Providence, RI 02903 on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 8pm. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at: levelexchange.ticketleap.com
by Joseph Shansky