Last March when we signed on with the musical production of The Sparks Fly Upward we had no idea of what to expect. It's always like that with a new product, service or in this case, a musical. Last night was the dress rehearsal and we took some publicity shots for the future.
The story line follows three German families, two Jewish and one Christian, through the days before, during and after the Holocaust. The interesting thing about this piece is the focus on doing good rather than the "Final Solution". It is also historicaly accurate and the detail is amazing. While mo st of The Sparks Fly Upward is set in a time period between 1939 and the end of World War II, the message about standing against genocide, in our day, is very real and timely.
In addition it's "home grown". The Sparks Fly Upward has been written by Cathy Lesser Mansfield a law professor at Drake University here in Des Moines. The production takes 20+ actors, a 37 piece orchestra, a 30 member chorus and a projected photographs of the period.
But, most of all it is compelling, gripping and hopeful.
The Sparks Fly Upward will see it's first performance Saturday evening at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines. Coming to see the production are professionals from New York, Chicago, Cleveland and Israel.
We think it's got legs...hope you can come. There are still a few tickets available for the 8:00PM show. For tickets...click here!
Michael P. Libbie - Insight Advertising, Marketing and Communications