Theater will present Mozart’s The Magic
Flute. A semi-staged version featuring a full orchestra and chorus, this
light-hearted family classic will be performed in IUP’s Fisher Auditorium on
Saturday, October 31, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 1, at 2:00 p.m.
In the story, prince Tamino is saved from a serpent by Three
Ladies in the service of the Queen of the Night. The Ladies then show Tamino a
portrait of the queen’s daughter, Pamina, who they say is enslaved by the evil
Sarastro. Looking at the beautiful face of Pamina, Tamino falls in love
Directed by new
music faculty member Oliver Lo, The Magic
Flute includes a cast of 23 IUP singers, a chorus of 60 directed by Craig
Denison, and the IUP Symphony Orchestra conducted by Stanley Chepaitis.
what the audience will experience, Lo explained, “We have X-Men kind of
characters in this opera: a half-man-half bird comical creature singing a
catchy and lively tune, “I am a cheerful bird-catcher,” and all he wants is a
pretty wife. And we also have this Evil Queen, similar to the character Storm
in X-Men, always bringing a thunderstorm with her. Her coloratura aria “You
will avenge me, daughter!” demands some high notes that a normal human being
cannot usually reach.”
Lo, the new director of IUP Music Theater, comes to Indiana with
extensive experience in producing and directing operas and musicals both in
Hong Kong and the United States. According
to Lo, “The Magic Flute is one of the
few operas that is suitable for all ages. We encourage parents and teachers to
bring along their children and students to the performances.”
this event are available now online, or the Lively Arts’
online ticketing website. They can also be purchased at the Hadley Union
Building ticket office on the IUP campus or by calling the HUB ticket office at
(724) 357-1313. Seats remaining will be sold at the door starting one hour
before each performance.
priced at $18 for regular admission, $15 for senior citizens and groups of
fifteen or more, and $12 for children, students, and I-Card holders.'
information on this and other events within the Lively Arts, call (724)
357-2787 (ARTS) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
is produced by the Department of Music and College of Fine Arts. It is funded,
in part, by the IUP Student Cooperative Association.
above right are Katie Sabo as Papagana and Ken Singleton as Papagano.
Below are Heather Heuff as Pamina and Nicholas Hudak as Tamino.