‘The Magic Flute’ Brings Fantasy to Life at River Campus


MagicFluteCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 17, 2014 – Some of Mozart’s best operatic work will take center stage when Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Music presents “The Magic Flute” Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at the River Campus.

“’The Magic Flute’ is a fantasy show, with two love stories – one serious and one funny – and a good old fashioned good versus evil plot line,” said Christopher Goeke, professor of music at Southeast.

The opera will be presented at 7:30 p.m. both nights in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall.

“The Magic Flute” features a prince, a “damsel in distress”, an evil queen, an “all-knowing overlord,” mystical spirit guides, an evil monster, a comic relief bird catcher and many others in supporting roles. In the end, the pursuit of truth leads to a triumph of good over evil.

Cast members are all Southeast students with the exception of one visiting artist, Alba Cancel, who will be singing the role of the Queen of the Night. Members of the orchestra also are primarily students with Tim Schmidt conducting. Leslie Jones has served as musical coach and rehearsal accompanist.

Goeke says there are several unusual or new aspects to the production this year. We are performing in the original language (German), where we have been doing translations for many years. Also new and to assist the audience, the translation will be projected as “super titles” during the singing. The opera features dialogue, “which is a little unusual for opera,” Goeke says, but adds it will be recited in English, which is common practice for this show.

In addition, projected background images for the scenes will be used this year. These are being created by Department of Art Professor Louise Bodenheimer.

“These will be colorful inspirations that will help set the mood and location for the scenes,” Goeke said.

This production was made possible by a collaboration of many individuals and supporting agencies. The Funding For Results program at Southeast Missouri State University has provided significant financial assistance along with the Arts Engagement in American Communities (AEAC) program of the National Endowment for the Arts.

“We also are very thankful for our many artistic collaborators who have joined in this production,” Goeke said.

These include Louise Bodenheimer, Department of Art; Jeff Luetkenhaus, lighting design, Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts; Marion Powell, set construction, Department of Theatre and Dance; and Deana Luetkenhaus, costume design and construction, D’Tails Upcycle Exchange and Custom Sewing. D’Tails is a new up-cycle exchange business in Cape Girardeau that offers classes and custom sewing. Luetkenhaus has many years of experience in costume design and construction costumes.