CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 18, 2004 — The Opera/Music Theatre Workshop of the Department of Music will present “A Little Stage Music,” a program of scenes from opera, operetta and Broadway shows, at 8 p.m. Nov. 11 in Academic Auditorium.
The program will feature a wide variety of music on the stage including the goofy antics of pirates and policemen in “Pirates of Penzance,” as well as dancing fairies and school girls from other popular Gilbert and Sullivan shows and nuns from “The Sound of Music.” Also featured will be the traditional love intrigue of operatic ingénues in “Così fan tutte” (All Women Are Like That), “The Elixir of Love,” “Die Fledermaus,” “Matchmaker” from “Fiddler on the Roof,” the well-loved letter duet from “The Marriage of Figaro,” and the joyous toasting chorus of “La Traviata.”
Scenes from some of the more modern repertoire will include a beautiful duet from “Chess” by Andersson, Rice, and Ulvaeus, emotional arias from The “Old Maid and the Thief” and “The Consul” by Menotti, the spectacular end of Act 1 in “A Little Night Music” by Sondheim, and a provocative excerpt from the latest Broadway sensation, “Avenue Q” by Lopez and Marx, which boasts three Tony Awards.
The Opera/Music Theatre Workshop is co-directed by Christopher Goeke and Leslie Jones. Students are selected to be in the ensemble by audition. The scenes will be presented staged, in English, and with piano accompaniment provided by Tim DePriest.
Admission is $7 for the public, $6 for University faculty, staff and seniors, and $5 for students. Discounts are available in advance only by calling the Performing Arts Box Office at (573) 651-2265 or by stopping by the lobby of the Rose Theatre.