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Department of Music to present ASU
Opera production Oct. 27, Oct. 30
Oct 19, 2009 --
Department of Music at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro will
present the ASU Opera in
“An Evening of Murder at the Opera” on Tuesday, Oct. 27 and
Friday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in
201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro. In accordance with Halloween, there will
be selections from “The
Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Webber, “The Medium” by
and “Murder at the Opera” by Edward Barnes. The ASU Opera program is
under the direction of voice faculty member Dr. Marika Kyriakos.
Tickets are currently available at the ASU Box Office, and will be sold
at the door. Prices are $8 for adults and $5 for ASU students and
children under 12.
Not your typical evening of opera, this mysterious event
is sure to capture the essence of Halloween. The thrilling mood will be
set with Bach’s Toccata in D minor played by Brian Henkelmann on the
organ. Then Joy Sanford will enter the scene to tickle the ivories in
accompanying contemporary operatic literature having one thing in
common --murder. The show will open with scenes from Andrew Lloyd
Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” followed by excerpts from
Gian Carlo Menotti’s
“The Medium.” To top off the
evening, Edward Barnes’ one-act comic production, “Murder at the
Opera,” will round out the evening. The audience is sure to be kept in suspense with this classic
“who-dunnit” story-line. Not only does it spoof those
trendy old detective shows, but it highlights opera’s greatest hits.
Audiences will hear
excerpts from “Tosca,” “Carmen,” “Madame Butterfly,” “La Boheme,” “Pagliacci,”
“Othello,” and many more. In celebration of All Hallow’s Eve,
guests are invited to arrive in costume for a contest with prizes given to the most
ghoulish. Arrive early for judging.
Cast members are Becky Morrison, Chris Orr, Brandon Stroud, Willie
Sullivan, and Matthew Vardell of Jonesboro, Crystal Haralson of
Paragould, Erin Reagan of Munford, Tenn., Kari Rickman of Bono, Renee
Smith of Houston, Texas, and Roberta Tupper of Bartlesville, Okla., with
a special appearance by Kalysha Chandler of Greeley, Colo. Assisting
will be Roberta Tupper, Assistant Director; Brent Foland and Pat
Register, costumes; Jeff MacLaughlin and Jason Henson, Lighting/Sound;
Joy Sanford, piano; and Brian Henkelmann, organ.
--ASU Public Relations student intern Sara Hulett assisted in the
preparation, editing, and online design and formatting of this release.