Theater Previews

Lots of different things opening this weekend to choose from! Here are just a few. Check the listings under Calendar for more events.  -Emily Rose and Phil Criswell as Christine Daae and the Count Philippe de Chandon in Footlite Musicals’ production of ‘Phantom,’ opening March 5; 926-6630.-  • Footlite Musicals will present Phantom, Maury Yeston’s and Arthur Kopit’s version of the classic novel by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera. Show dates are March 5-6, 12-14 and 19-21 at 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Footlite is located at 1847 N. Alabama St. Tickets are $14; $12 students and seniors; $10 ages 12 and under. Call 926-6630 or go to www.footlite.org.

• The Indianapolis Opera will perform Cosi fan tutte, with John Green, chair of Butler University Theatre, joining the IO as stage director for the first time. An elderly philosopher convinces his two young friends to test their fiancees’ fidelity by pretending to go away and then disguising themselves as new suitors to win the other man’s betrothed. The opera will be performed in Italian with English captions projected above the stage at Clowes Hall, 4600 Sunset Ave. Dates are March 5 at 8 p.m. and March 7 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $18 to $69 and can be purchased by calling 283-3470; for information go to www.indyopera.org. For $45 Friday night and $35 for the Sunday matinee, opera-goers can participate in Preludes. Enjoy early-bird parking, cocktails and a performance by IO’s Ensemble along with a pre-opera dinner/brunch. An in-depth conversation about the opera is also included in the evening. For more information about Preludes, call 283-3531.

Indianapolis Opera also offers “Overture,” a pre-opera discussion series 45 minutes prior to curtain. “Overture” is free and open to all ticket holders.

• “Theater by Candlelight” at the President Benjamin Harrison Home, 1230 N. Delaware St., will present two plays by Georges Feydeau, the 19th century French master of bedroom farces, and one play by Anton Chekhov, who was inspired by Feydeau and other French playwrights. Patrons will rotate through the rooms for the three plays, and will be treated to a brief history of the playwrights. Shows are March 5-20, Fridays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended. Tickets are $15, $12 for seniors. Call 631-1888 for reservations.

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