Opera Workshop Presents Topsy-Turvy

Gilbert and Sullivan Showcase runs June 7-9

The annual song, comedy, and merriment that is the summer opera, presented by Central Methodist University's Opera Workshop, will blossom at The Little Theatre on Friday-Saturday, June 7-8 at 7:30 p.m.; and again on Sunday, June 9 at 2 p.m.

This year's offering, called "Topsy Turvy" is a smattering of various Gilbert and Sullivan scenes from a variety of their well-known operettas.

The opera presentation is under the direction of Dr. Susan Quigley-Duggan, CMU assistant professor of music and director of the opera program. The cast and crew are primarily current students and graduates from CMU.

The showcase will include excerpts from HMS Pinafore, Patience, The Gondoliers, Pirates of Penzance, and The Mikado. Narrating the performance will be CMU alumnus Steve Jones '94 from Rocheport.

Performers include Lacey Eaton '11, Victoria Warren (sophomore), and Joe Jefferies (sophomore) from Fayette; CMU adjunct professor of music Tom Arnold '79 and Aubrey Taylor (senior) from Columbia; Michael O'Neill '13 and Brenna Wheeler O'Neill '13 from Pleasant Hill; Trystyn Sellmeyer from Glasgow; Tanneal Hoover from New Franklin;

Rebecca Shroyer (junior) and Anna Kay (freshman) from Boonville; Brad Smith (sophomore) from Mexico; Brittany Losh (junior) from Pacific; Dakota Gladbach '13 from Bucklin; Levi Gerke (freshman) from Pilot Grove; and Khobic Johnson '12 from Moberly.

Instrumentalists playing in the pit band include Dean of the Swinney Conservatory Dr. Dori Waggoner '92 on flute, Ted Spayde '70 on bass, Lakyn Baker (junior) on trumpet, and adjunct professor of music Kelley Head '81 on piano, all from Fayette; Donald Heaton '13 from Chillicothe on clarinet; and Derek Volkmann (junior) from Franklin on percussion.

Arrangements for Patience are provided by Dr. Ron Shroyer, dean emeritus of the Swinney Conservatory, from Boonville. Costuming is provided by Terri Rohlfing of Fayette; and set and lighting are provided by adjunct theatre professor Greg Owen from Sedalia.

General admission tickets are $7 and will be available at the door. Tickets for seniors may be purchased in advance for $5 from Ruth Spayde '70, Swinney Conservatory assistant, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on May 30-June 7 in Conservatory 201 on the Fayette campus.


Originally posted June 4, 2013


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