Blast! -- A Spectacular Celebration of Music and Movement
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The last date listed for Blast! was Wednesday February 6, 2008 / 7:30pm.
Currently at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Segerstrom Hall
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“Blast! doesn’t falter while bridging the categories of classical, blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll and techno-pop music. Blast! stands, blows, pounds, marches and whirls with panache." —Boston Globe
“A terrific good time…explosive entertainment. It is indeed a blast.” —Chicago Tribune
“_Blast! is nothing short of breathtaking; a free-wheeling fusion of then and now, [it] dazzles the eye, thrills the ear and stirs the spirit. A sure-fire hit.” —_The Toronto Star
Following triumphant successes in London, on Broadway and across North America, Blast!, winner of the 2001 Tony® Award for Best Special Theatrical Event, and the 2001 Emmy Award for Best Choreography, comes to the Orange County Performing Artscenter. Born on athletic fields across the nation, Blast! is a novel art form evolved from the showmanship of outdoor pageantry. A celebration of movement and music, Blast! explodes the genre with the artistry of the theatre.
Blast! evolved from the drum corps Star of Indiana, which was founded in 1984 in Bloomington, Indiana by businessman Bill Cook to benefit young people in music education. Artistic director James Mason is a lifelong veteran of drum and bugle corps and other musical activities. In its initial year, Star of Indiana became the first corps ever to place among the top ten corps at the prestigious Drum Corps International World Championships. Star of Indiana improved each year until it became the World Champion in 1991.
Competing against other organizations from the United States, Japan, Canada and Europe, Star’s performances revolutionized the world of drum corps, bringing an ever more sophisticated sense of musicianship, exciting showmanship and dynamic choreography to this wonderful genre. Since 1993, Mr. Mason has been shaping the evolution of Star of Indiana from a competitive, 128-member drum corps to a theatrical show which brings the power, passion and precision of outdoor pageantry to the stage in a musical performance now known as Blast!
Blast! on tour consists of 35 members, drawn from the world of outdoor pageantry all across North America. There are more than 40 world titles held by Blast! cast members who comprise three performing sections — the brass, percussion and visual ensembles. The brass instruments are pitched in the standard multi-keys. The percussion section includes drums, mallet instruments and electronic keyboards. The visual element enhances the show by spinning and tossing unusual implements along with the traditional sabers and colorful flags in perfectly synchronized, ballet-like drill.
The physical and musical demands of the production require that the performers be highly trained athletes who are also world-class musicians. Months of intense training prepare the cast. Rehearsing through heat, cold, dust and rain, they produce thrilling performances where athleticism, musical talent, kaleidoscopic movement and showmanship merge into an art form that is both compelling and entertaining.