By Sarah Anthony, Staff Writer
Get ready for pirouettes, pirates and much more! This weekend, the music department is presenting another Opera Cameo Workshop, featuring pieces of Gilbert & Sullivan’s works The Mikado, Patience, The Gondoliers, Cox & Box and The Pirates of Penzance.
Every year, the music department does a collection of scenes from different Broadway and opera shows, and it’s time for opera to take its place on the Akers stage once again.
The show is directed by Professor Gregory Turay and accompanied by piano Professor Mary Ann Wilder. The directors and cast members, made up of music and theatre majors, auditioned, were casted and rehearsed all fall semester to bring a truly entertaining show. Each opera has it’s own specific style and storyline with vibrant costumes varying from the silken kimonos of The Mikado and the fluffy pirouettes of Patience.
Junior worship arts major Sarah Grace Bloyd says she’s excited to see the audience experience opera in a different way.
“When most people hear “opera”, they think of people in weird-looking Viking costumes singing super high notes in Italian, but that’s not what our show is at all,” said Bloyd. “It’s all in English & it’s incredibly funny. I hope that it helps to encourage those that aren’t familiar with a lot of music to give something new a chance.”
All three performances are at 7:30pm in Akers Auditorium in the McCreless Fine Arts building starting Jan. 14, through Jan. 15, and ending Jan. 16. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults and can be purchased at the Kinlaw Library desk or at the door.