Grand Opera Opens in Fisher December 2

Posted on 11/28/2016 9:48:58 AM

Scene from Die FledermausMusic Theater and Theater-by-the-Grove have combined forces to present the comic musical tale of Die Fledermaus—The Bat. Performances will be presented in Fisher Auditorium, located in the IUP Performing Arts Center, on December 2 and 3, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 4, at 2:00 p.m.

With music by the “Waltz King,” Johann Strauss II, and directed by IUP music professor Oliver Lo, Die Fledermaus (The Bat) centers on a magnificent masked ball, given by a prince, that brings together all the main characters in various disguises. The three-act journey from boudoir to ballroom to jail provides ample opportunities for farce and humor, but also for genuine human emotion and a surprisingly realistic view of urban life.

Different special guest artists at each performance will provide additional entertainment during the masquerade ball. This operetta will be sung in English and is appropriate for all ages.

There has been a long tradition of Music Theater and Theater-by-the-Grove coproducing Broadway musicals. However, this will be the first time in recent history that the two have collaborated on a grand opera. The set is designed by Brian Jones with choreography by Joan Van Dyke and costumes by Nancy Pipkin-Hutchinson, all faculty members in the Department of Theater and Dance.

The specially-assembled Faculty Festival Orchestra will be led by guest conductor Michael Borowitz, who serves as the music director of the Louisiana State University Opera. He is an alumnus of both Indiana Area Senior High School and IUP. The orchestra was prepared by IUP music professor Stanley Chepaitis.

Tickets for Die Fledermaus are available at the Hadley Union Building, online, or the Lively Arts’ online ticketing site. Seats remaining will be sold at the door starting one hour before each performance. Tickets may also be purchased with a credit card by calling the HUB Box Office at 724-357-1313.

Tickets are priced at $18 for regular admission, $15 for senior citizens and groups of 15 or more, and $12 with a university I-Card. Seating is by general admission.

For more information, contact the Lively Arts at 724-357-ARTS (2787) or e-mail

Music Theater is produced by the Department of Music and Theater-by-the-Grove is produced by the Department of Theater and Dance. Both are part of the College of Fine Arts and are funded, in part, by the IUP Student Cooperative Association

Pictured left to right are Gino Parillo as Eisenstein and Cyrstal Shellhammer as Rosalinde.

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