Brittany Lesavoy, the director of public relations for the Glimmerglass Festival, said the scenery for “The Music Man” was packed into two 40-foot ocean containers that left Aug. 16. They arrived in Oman 29 days later. Costumes and props were loaded into a 53-foot truck that left for JFK International Airport on Sept. 17.
The sultan has embraced Western culture, especially classical music, according to a CNN report. The 1,100-seat Omani Royal Opera House was built as a result of that interest and with the help of government subsidies.
For those unfamiliar with the language of the production they are attending, there are small monitors about the size of a computer tablet attached to the back of the seat in front of them that provides subtitles in several different languages.
Government ministers told CNN that since the Omani Royal Opera House has opened, tourists have been a lot more interested in the area. The Wagers and Maholchics definitely fall into that category.
“We don’t even know what fascinating things are on the other side of the pond,” Maholchic pointed out.
“It’s an adventure of a lifetime,” Wager added.