EVENT UPDATE 12-21-2021: Sounds of Solstice has been postponed until further notice
South Pasadena Theatre Workshop (SPTW) invites the community to Sounds of Solstice – songs, stories and poems of the season. There are three 7:00pm performances on Dec 20, 21, and 22 at the Workshop, 1507 El Centro Street on the corner of Mound. It is necessary to register online and to bring proof of vaccination for entry. The program runs for an hour, and masks are mandatory throughout. There is no charge for entry, but there is an encouraged $15 donation, all proceeds of which will cover productions costs and go to the Afghan resettlement program.
The winter solstice has long been held as an opportunity across cultural identities to honor the change of the season and to surrender to the mystery and inwardness of winter as nights grow longer and our souls ease into rest and a quiet longing for that which has gone before us and for that which is to come. It is the contemplative side to the holiday extroversion.
Sounds of Solstice consists of vocal performances, accompanied and a cappella, that celebrate a mix of modern music with the ancestral sounds of bygone eras and faraway homelands, interspersed with curated prose and poetry. The cast consists of local musicians including members of the Workshop Conservatory from years back who brought you Stephen Sondheim’s extraordinary musical, Into the Woods.
“There is always a deep inner calling for rest and reflection in this season, amplified this year by what has been a collectively challenging period,” says musical director and performer Chloé Cavelier. “These songs and selections speak to the duality of this season, and our hope is to inspire healing through a musical connection to those with whom we gather and to those that came before us.”
South Pasadena Theatre Workshop is an artistic haven where great texts are worked on and new ones inspired. Since 2009, founders Sally Smythe and Stephen Godwin, and a collaborative team of other local talents have presented theatrical events to embolden the spirit, workshops for theatre professionals, and conservatory opportunities for young artists. Learn more about current offerings at southpasadenatheatreworkshop.com.