‘Aeterno’ marries heavy metal and opera

“Aeterno Elementum”: Seattle’s only heavy metal opera features choreographed fights between fully armed and armored knights and aerial acrobats all set to Ara’Kus’ operatic heavy metal music.

The show has just about everything: Vikings, a playful imp that keeps the audience laughing, and original music.

This performance was described by one fan, John Stevenson, a local freelance writer, as a strange yet completely captivating melding of old and new — traditional opera themes of betrayal and tragedy against a backdrop of roaring guitars and pounding drums.

The plot involves a world crippled by corruption and cruelty where a priest seeks to purge the evil, causing the rise of four immortal generals.

“Aeterno Elementum” will be presented at 8 p,m. Friday and Saturday, at the Historic Everett Theatre, 2901 Colby Ave., Everett.

Tickets are $20. Call 425-258-6766 or online at www.etix.com.

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“A Day in the Life of a Butterfly”: The Sixth Day Dance Company will present what they are billing as a groundbreaking piece involving dancers with developmental and physical disabilities.

Co-founder Lyndee Breece said the goal is to raise awareness while featuring talented dancers and a beautiful story.

“Like the caterpillar emerging from its cocoon transformed into a beautiful butterfly, you will witness the emergence of people with disabilities transformed into beautiful dancers, having overcome social stigmas and seeing personal dreams realized,” Breece said.

“A Day in the Life of a Butterfly” will be performed at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Snohomish County PUD Theater, 2320 California St., Everett.

Tickets are $15 and $12. For more information, see www.kickstarter.com/projects/sixthday/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-butterfly.

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“Greater Tuna”: This is the first in a series of four comedies presented by Outcast Productions, each set in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas.

The comedy starts out at radio station OKKK with the winning entry in the American Heritage Essay Contest, “Human Rights, Why Bother?”

The comedy continues with Petey Fisk of the Humane Society talking about the duck problem and “Yippy,” the Pet of the Week

Enter Phineas Blye, perpetual losing candidate for city council, announcing he’s running again and revealing his plan to tax prisoners, according to press material about the show.

Finally, the high school football report from Coach Raymond Chassie, who explains why his team lost 48-0: “We lost mainly because we couldn’t score.”

The day continues with Tuna’s citizens parading across the stage in all their outrageous and irreverent glory, commenting on life, politics and what makes them tick.

“Greater Tuna” opens 7:30 p.m. Friday and runs at various times through Nov. 18 at the Black Box Theater at the Island County Fairgrounds, 819 Camano Ave., Langley.

Tickets are $16 and $12. Go to brownpapertickets.com.

Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424; goffredo@heraldnet.com.

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