HAYS, KS -- The timeless struggle between good and evil is the theme of "The Magic Flute," a fantasy opera in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, which will be presented by the Fort Hays State University Department of Music from Jan. 31 through Feb. 2, 2002.
Performances will be at 8 p.m. nightly in the Felten-Start Theatre in Malloy Hall on the FHSU campus.
Dr. Rager H. Moore II, assistant professor of music, will direct the performance.
Tickets for "The Magic Flute" go on sale Jan. 24 at the Student Service Center in the Memorial Union and can be reserved by calling (785) 628-5306. Prices are $5 for students and senior citizens and $10 for all other adults. Group rates are available for student or community groups; for more information, please contact Moore at (785) 628-4258 or email@example.com.
Written in 1791, "The Magic Flute" is a study in contrasts. Ranging in style from buffoonery to high solemnity, the opera stands alone for its unique plot and fine music. "Good" characters metamorphose into "bad" and back again as the story line evolves. The opera is composed in a unique style known as "singspiel" which incorporates spoken dialogue as well as singing.
The story follows the escapades of the young prince Tamino (tenor Trenton Green) who is saved from certain death by the Star-Blazing Queen of the Night (soprano Alisha Erwin). In return, Tamino offers to save the queen's daughter Pamina (soprano Jamie Hickel) from her imprisonment by Sarastro (bass Jamie Geist), keeper of the Seven Circles of the Sun.
Tamino is joined on his quest for true love by the half-bird, half-man Papageno (baritone Jake Steward). They are happily unaware of the wicked queen's ulterior motive for the mission -- she wishes to capture Sarastro's Seven Circles of the Sun.
Along the way, Tamino and Papageno acquire a magic flute and magic bells which reveal to them the cruelty of the queen and the goodness of Sarastro. As in all good fairy tales, in the end true love triumphs and the evildoers are punished.
A complete list of cast members by hometown is as follows:
BELOIT: Susan Holway, senior
BREWSTER: Chelsey Juenemann, senior
ELLIS: Miranda Zorn, freshman
GORHAM: Jarod Haselhorst, senior
GREAT BEND: Amanda Asher, senior; Alisha Erwin, senior; Trenton Green, senior
HARVEYVILLE: Tony Bell, junior
HAYS: Christopher Colwell, junior; Shannon Demuth, senior; Jamie Geist, junior; Sarah Glassman, sophomore; Annie Legleiter, special undergraduate; Charlotte Moore, freshman; Courtney Moore, Hays High School sophomore; Jake Steward, senior; Dustin Wegele, sophomore; Jaclyn White, senior administrative assistant, Office of University Relations
HUGOTON: Lindsee Wilson, junior
HUTCHINSON: Danielle Augustine, freshman
LOGAN: Bill Brown, senior
MULVANE: David Krasky, senior
NATOMA: Nathan Eickhoff, junior
NORTON: Megan Lemon, freshman
PARADISE: Isaac Robbins, junior
PLAINS: Andrew Long, junior
SYRACUSE: Jenny Cheney, fall 2001 graduate
WAKEENEY: Jamie Hickel, sophomore
OUT OF STATE
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO: Brooke Thompson, freshman