Both Opera and Musical Theatre divisions perform complete productions Fall and Spring semesters. They are fully costumed, staged, with live orchestra.
Kiss Me, Kate
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Sam and Bella Spewack
October 27 and 28, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
October 29, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
Embrace the Sting
Cole Porter’s master piece follows the antics of a touring troupe of American actors as they reveal the back stage world of show business. The story revolves around the production of a musical version of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, and the on- and off-stage conflict between Fred Graham, the show's director, producer, and star, and his leading lady, his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi. This is Cole Porter’s biggest hit, a Tony Award winner, and includes audience favorites So in Love, Another Op’nin Another Show, Too Darn Hot, and Brush Up Your Shakespeare.
BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
Written by Alex Timbers
Music and Lyrics by Michael Friedman
Feb. 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 18 and 25, 2018, 2:00 p.m.
Ward Recital Hall
Sometimes Blood Must be Spilled
An audacious mix of historical fact and fiction, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson redefines America's controversial seventh president. The show is a comedic, historical rock musical that casts the president as an Emo rock star and focuses on populism and the founding of the Democratic Party, the Indian Removal Act, and his relationship with his wife Rachel. The New York Times noted that "there is no show in town that more astutely reflects the state of this nation than Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.”
Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief
Georges Bizet’s Doctor Miracle
Sung in English
November 16, 17, 18, 2017, 7:30 P.M.
November 19, 2017, 2:00 P.M.
Ward Recital Hall
Oh what a tangled web we weave…
How far would you go for the promise of love? In The Old Maid and the Thief, two otherwise upstanding citizens turn criminal to entice a handsome young stranger. In Doctor Miracle, a young soldier assumes a disguise (or two) and makes a memorable omelet, all to be near the girl he loves. Who wins? Who loses? And, what is in that omelet? Written decades and continents apart, these disparate operas each provide insight into the human search for “happily ever after”.
Le Nozze di Figaro
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
Based on Pierre Beaumarchais play “Le Marriage de Figaro”
Sung in Italian with English supertitles
March 22, 23, 24, 2018, 7:30 P.M.
March 25, 2018, 2:00 P.M.
…when first we practice to deceive.
Poor Susanna and Figaro just want to marry and settle into their own “happily ever after”. Alas, some people have other ideas about their pending nuptials! If they can sort out the disguises, the debt, and the long-lost relatives, and manage to keep their philandering boss at bay, they just might make it. Mozart’s effervescent score brilliantly captures both the mirth and the pathos of this very busy day in Seville.