“Pandora Productions”

Pandora Productions explores the secret lives of Catholic high schoolers this week in the rock opera “Bare,” a dramatic musical about gay and straight boarding school students struggling with their sexuality.

Written by Jon Hartmere, Jr. (book and lyrics) and Damon Intrabartolo (book and music), “Bare” opens Thursday in the Bingham Theatre at Actors Theatre of Louisville.

At St. Cecilia’s Boarding School, altar boy Peter and his roommate Jason keep their love affair quiet, but secrets are threatened when a school production of “Romeo and Juliet” casts their classmates’ fears and unrequited desires into sharp relief.

Critics have compared “Bare” to “Spring Awakening” and “Rent.” Though it has moments of hip levity, it’s an intense drama with a tragic ending.  [click to continue…]

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