Wednesday, April 14, 2010
“The Threepenny Opera,” a dark satire by Bertolt Brecht with music by Kurt Weill, will be performed in the Center Stage of Performing Arts Center April 20-25. Tuesday through Saturday show times are 8:00 p.m., with the Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.
The musical, exploring the dark underbelly of the depression, is set in 1933 Chicago. Mob bosses control the city, prostitutes and career criminals run rampant, and the destitute turn to anyone who can offer them sanctuary. Mack the Knife, Chicago’s most notorious gangster, is combing the city, bringing mayhem and murder to “respectable” society. He avoids arrest, with connections that reach city hall, but his weakness for women may be his undoing.
Using the sound of 1920s Berlin dance bands and cabaret, the “The Threepenny Opera” proclaimed “by and for beggars,” transformed old-fashioned opera into new musical theater. It set the standard for subsequent hits like Chicago and Cabaret to follow.
The musical is directed by Professor Brenda Wentworth, and co-presented by the St. Cloud State Department of Theatre, Film Studies and Dance, and the Department of Music.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and non-St. Cloud State students. Admission is free for St. Cloud State students with an ID, and faculty and staff receive two free with an ID.
Tickets can be ordered online or by calling the Atwood Memorial Center Information Desk at (320) 308-4636. Doors open a half-hour before the performance, and tickets are available at the Performing Arts Center Box Office before the show.
Students in the Department of Theatre, Film Studies and Dance receive a comprehensive education in their chosen field of study. Faculty in the programs take the approach that these disciplines are artistic, and seek to balance academic theory with practical applications and/or performance. Students in the programs learn history, criticism and theory, as well as participate creatively in the various art forms.
The St. Cloud State Department of Music prepares students for careers in music and offers diverse musical experiences to all, enriching the musical fabric of the University and community, regionally and globally.