Shadows, Stories, and Songs



Opera on Tap Chicago and New World Productions with the support of Main Street Opera are proud to present an evening of Spanish music and theater entitled “Shadows, Stories, and Songs”. The show will feature two one act musical works – an adaptation of Jacinto Guerrero’s zarzuela “The Guest at the Sevillano Inn” and Manuel de Falla’s puppet opera “Master Peter’s Puppet Show”. Both shows will be sung in Spanish with English subtitles provided.

“The Guest at the Sevillano Inn” is a tale inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ novel “La Ilustre Fregona”. When Raquel, the fair daughter of Toledo’s finest swordsmith, Maese Andres, is kidnapped by the disreputable count Don Diego, it is up to the honorable court painter Juan Luis, his affable squire Rodrigo, and the witty kitchen maid Constancica, to rescue her.

“Master Peter’s Puppet Show” is plucked from an episode in Miguel de Cervantes’ famed novel “Don Quixote de la Mancha”. While staying at an inn, Don Quixote watches a puppet show based on the medieval legend of Don Gayferos, a knight in Charlemagne’s court, and the rescue of his wife Melisendra from Moorish captivity. The knight errant soon becomes a bit too invested in the puppet show, culminating in much mayhem and hilarity. The puppet set is designed by shadow theater artist, Myra Su.

There will be some special evenings during our run. In order to make this show as accessible as possible to Chicagoans, we will be having two “pay what you can” nights on Thursday June 30th and on Thursday August 6th.The Thursday opening night on August 13th will be a Kids Night and will include a Q and A with the cast, an interactive shadow puppetry demonstration after the performance and a kit for creating your own shadow puppet stage at home!

Ticket info below:

Tickets for Ravenswood Church:

Tickets for Cultura in PIlsen:

Tickets for Cervantes: