Students showcase talent in comedic opera, Albert Herring

Mon, 2008-02-11 08:00 -- univcomm
February 11, 2008

February 21-24, Byrum Hall Theatre will feature Albert Herring, a hilarious 1940's opera by Benjamin Britten and set in late Victorian England.

A significant problem confronts Lady Billows, who is in process of organizing the annual May Day festival: there is no one honorable or virtuous enough for the prestigious position of May Queen.

After much deliberation with the police superintendent, the vicar, the mayor and several of her trusted advisers, Lady Billows eventually consents to a radical course of action—the election of a May King, and none other than Albert Herring, an honest but somewhat simple mama's boy.

However, when Albert, played by sophomore Theodore Hicks on Thursday and Saturday and junior Jeremy Mang on Friday and Sunday, disappears after the ceremony, the town is sent into a frenzy, and he is presumed dead.

Comedy accompanies the return of Albert with a scandalous tale of how he made use, or misuse, of the prize money in this classic tale of "cutting the apron strings."

The show will run February 21-23 at 7:30 and February 24 at 2:30 in Byrum Hall at Anderson University. The show runs approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. Tickets cost $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and military and $5 for students. Contact the Byrum Hall box office at (765) 641-4351 for more information.

—David Hynds is the Web Content Specialist for Anderson University.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.