Little Women takes center stage at AU

Tue, 2012-07-24 10:32 -- univcomm
The Anderson University Opera Workshop announces its upcoming production of Mark Adamo's opera Little Women. This lively, new opera based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott takes a mature look at the March sisters’ often joyous, sometimes painful story of change, growth and love. With nearly a dozen productions already scheduled for 2002 in national and regional professional opera companies, Anderson University’s Opera Workshop has the proud distinction to be the first undergraduate collegiate production and only the second university production ever of this beautiful new opera.

“Yes, this is an opera but don’t think stodgy and stiff,” said Laurel Goetzinger, Opera Workshop Artistic Director and Stage Director of Little Women. “When Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy play, quarrel, tease and taunt, these young opera singers run and jump, cavort and dance with gusto!”

The singers come from various majors within the Music Department. Some members of the cast plan to pursue careers as classical singers, some as music educators and others in contemporary Christian and secular music.

“Is this an ambitious project for Anderson University’s Opera Workshop? You bet! Is it just the right opera to stretch our singers and growing program in opera and musical theatre? Absolutely,” said Goetzinger. “Many of our young singers have discovered a love for opera that they never anticipated and to quote more than one of our budding contemporary singers they are ‘having a ball.’”

The Music Department at AU is regarded as one of the strongest in the state. AU’s Opera Workshop has been in existence for many years, but is moving into a period of growth. Gifted with talented and hard-working singers, the Workshop is stretching to challenge their singers by bringing new and exciting pieces to students, the city of Anderson and the central Indiana community.

Performances are on Friday and Saturday, February 15 and 16, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, February 17, at 2:30 p.m. All performances will be at the Byrum Hall Performing Arts Center on the campus of Anderson University. General admission tickets are $10, $8 for seniors and children 12 and under and $5 for students. For information and tickets call the Byrum Box Office at 765-641-4351.

Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,400 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs of study in business education and theology.

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