This original multidisciplinary musical

celebrates the role of the artist in any community and highlights the healing power of art in any form. “Imaginary Opus” features projections of original paintings by local Seattle Latina Artist Lupita Cano. Lupita is a self advocate with Down Syndrome and advocates for all artists with special needs.

Imaginary Opus

About the Musical

As an actor, director, and playwright, Rose Cano has often looked to her family as a source of inspiration and new ideas for art projects: ”For years I have wanted to do something to highlight the beautiful artwork of my sister and others like her. It is also a dream come true to write lyrics with David Nyberg who has spent over 30 years as a Broadway musician in NYC. When we came up with the idea of a sensory experience in two acts: an original musical immediately followed by an art exhibit, I knew we were on to something. Where else do you see a Latina fringe-theatre artist, a Broadway musician, and a Latina Visual Artist with Down Syndrome collaborating together on the same piece of art? This is our chance to make a difference in the art world.”

This unique collaboration of artists explores the power of sound and color while telling a story of self-discovery, acceptance, and inclusion of differences.

Act 1 is a 45-minute musical which is followed without intermission by Act 2, an art exhibit in the theatre lobby. In the Original 2018 production the exhibit was entitled “I Beg To Differ” a  solo, 20 year retrospective exhibit by Abstract Artist Lupita Cano, curated by Venus Bravo De Rueda.

“Imaginary Opus” premiered February of 2018, at Center Theater in Seattle, WA. It was co-produced by eSe Teatro and Sound Theatre Company.


Book and Lyrics
Rose Cano

Music, Arrangements and Orchestrations
David Nyberg

Original Paintings and Projections
Lupita Cano

Additional Musical Arrangements
Josh Archibald-Seiffer

Rebecca Tourino Collinsworth

Stage Manager
Madison Silva

Set Design
Gerard Menendez

Lighting/Projection Design
Iris Zacarias

Curator of Act 2
Venus Bravo De Rueda


Terry Boyd

Drew David Combs
Kid #3, Ensemble

Beth Davis

Madison Jade Jones
Traveling Girl

AnnaClaire Laush
Kid #2, Ensemble

Klara Marie Robles
Kid #4, Ensemble

Tyler Rogers

Carlos Andrés Wagener-Sobrero
Kid #1, Ensemble


Josh Archibald-Seiffer

Dave Pascal
Fretless Bass

Chris Monroe


The gallery below features a number of photos taken from the 2018 stage production of Imaginary Opus.