Spring theater lineup

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Threepenny Opera poster

The revolutionary musical theater �The Threepenny Opera� is also among the featured performances coming to campus this spring, April 20-25 on the Center Stage of the Performing Arts Center.

Painting of Don Juan Threepenny Opera poster 

Kicking off the spring theater lineup at St. Cloud State University is “Don Juan,” the popular tale of a libertine rogue who immensely enjoys seducing women and takes pleasure in fighting their champions.

The play adapted by legendary playwrights Tirso de Molina, Moliere and Alexander Pushkin, is directed by Vladimir Rovinsky.  The story of the legendary ladies man “Don Juan” will appear at the Arena Stage of the Performing Arts Center, Feb. 16-21. 

The revolutionary musical theater “The Threepenny Opera” is also among the featured performances coming to campus this spring. 

Using the sound of 1920s Berlin dance bands and cabaret, the opera proclaimed “by and for beggars” satirizes traditional opera, creating the bombastic musical theater based on the theories of poet-playwright Bertolt Brecht and composer Kurt Weill.  “The Threepenny Opera” transformed old-fashioned opera into new musical theater, setting the standard for subsequent hits like Chicago and Cabaret to follow. 

Set in Victoria, London, the play focuses on Macheath, an amoral, anti-hero criminal who marries Polly Peachum. This displeases her father Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum, who controls the beggars of London. He then vows to have Macheath hanged.  The opera also features the jazz standard, popularized by the likes of Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Michael Bublé, "Mack the Knife."

Brenda Wentworth will direct “The Threepenny Opera” which will run April 20-25 on the Center Stage of the Performing Arts Center.   

Rounding out the trio of theater productions is the “Repertory Dance Theatre” production featuring choreography by Jennifer Bader, David Deblieck, Catie Hill, Justin Jones and R.J. Ringer on the Center Stage of the Performing Arts Center, Feb. 25-27.

Productions begin at 8 p.m.  The Box Office opens at 7 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.  Sunday matinees of "Don Juan" and "The Threepenny Opera" start at 2:00 p.m.  Box office opens at 1:00 p.m. and doors open at 1:30 p.m.

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. 

Order tickets online or by calling (320) 308-4636. 

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.

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