Photo by Elisa Von Brockdorff
In this opera for children, Lukey’s girlfriend Chris happens to be the superhero Raybeam who can blow stuff up with her eyes. This was cool at first but since she’s always out saving the world from destruction, he almost never gets to see her. To make things worse, her BFF Danny (aka the super-awesome Transformo who can turn into anything) is always by her side. How can a super-ordinary guy like Lukey not get jealous?
When Chris cancels their six-month anniversary dinner at the last minute, Lukey hatches a bold plan. After a quick rummage through his mother’s laundry basket, the superhero Trouser Girl is born and, in his disguise, he joins Raybeam and Transformo on their latest adventure to find out what it is exactly that they get up to.
This vibrant adventure is themed around trouser roles in classic operas (male characters that are meant to be sung by women) while also focusing on gender. The music includes repurposed trouser role pieces from famous operas such as Chacon a son gout from Johan Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus, Non son pui cosa son from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Couplets Cupidon from Offenbach’s Orphée aux Enfers.
Duration: 50 mins
Cast: 3F, 1M
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Photos by Elisa Von Brockdorff
Trouser Girl was first produced by Toi Toi between the 20th - 24th November 2020 for the special online edition of the ŻiguŻajg Festival.
Director - Michael Richardson
Musical Director - Riccardo Bianchi
Musical Arrangements - Veronique Vella
Production Design - Isabel Warrington
Filming & Editing - Sam Chetcuti, Cyberspace AV
Lukey / Trouser Girl / Viking Demon Queen
Chris / Raybeam
Danny / Transformo
Janusina / Tang / Viola / Darkangel
Maria Eleonora Zammit