I recently had the opportunity to have a chat Aran Keating, Artistic Director and one of the 5 Founding members, from Baltimore Rock Opera Society (BROS) and I’m glad I did. For years I have heard of BROS and have always wanted to know more – more about the company, more about their music and more about the BROS community.
Aran happily answered all my questions.
BROS was born from 5 founders, 4 are graduates of Goucher College, and were inspired by the crazy energy in the arts community in Baltimore. Some of the Founders played in bands, including Aran and they wanted to do something different and that honored the big “rock & roll” musicals that are heavy on the narrative with 2 or 3 original rock & roll songs.
“Grundlehammer,” BROS first production, was born from this in 2010. Here’s the summary, “’Grundlehammer takes place in the mythical land of Brotopia, a once prosperous agrarian Kingdom where the melody of an electric guitar wields power enough to tend a field of crops, to heal the sick, or to smite an enemy.”
Yeah, that’s different and it sounds fun.
Aran stresses the importance of original material and the building the BROS’ community. All are invited to present their ideas and original material to BROS’ Artist Council during their 10-minute “pitch to pick” session. This is where BROS’ productions are born.
When I asked Aran why people should come to their shows, he had a great answer – Each show has tons of passion, a great story and they want their audience to have fun. They work hard to make sure their audience does and that they leave with a smile on their faces.
BROS is in the middle of a $75,000 capital campaign for a permanent building that allows them to build the large elaborate sets that complement their stage productions. So far they have raised about $47,000 and they hope to reach the goal by October 8th that corresponds with the closing of this fall’s production of, “The Terrible Secret of Lunastus.”
“The Terrible Secret of Lunastus” starts September 15 and runs through October 8, 2017. This is their only production for 2017 and it promises a “zany comedy-action romp through the outers of space, “David Bowie like songs, laser lights and fascinating costumes and props!
Sci-fi elements, 1970s rock music and a talented bunch of actors, designers, musicians, and singers going all out so I will have a great time – I know I’m not going to miss this experience – who would?
For more information about BROS and their fundraising campaign, click here.