College of Wooster’s Opera Workshop to Present Two Productions April 27

Performances to be held in the Gault Recital Hall of Scheide Music Center

31 March, 2014 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — The College of Wooster's annual Opera Workshop will present two comic one-act operas on Sunday, April 27, in Gault Recital Hall of Scheide Music Center (525 E. University St.). The program, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m.

Featured in this year's workshop will be Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Impresario (Der Schauspieldirektor), with a new libretto by Linda Lister, professor of opera theatre at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. While Mozart's music remains untouched (sung in its original German), Lister's Vegas-inspired update casts modern pop-divas Madonna (junior Anne Briggs) and Lady Gaga (sophomore Lauren Vanden Broeck) vying for top billing in Vegas tycoon Steve Wynn's (Noah Hibbard) newest acquisition — Caesar's Palace. Meanwhile, reality-TV personality Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino (junior Colin Commager) and the ultra-suave Hollywood agent Ari Gold (senior Ryan O'Dell) work not only the room, but also the 'Impresario' to get what they want.

The second production will be Seymour Barab's A Game of Chance, which debuted in 1956. The original female leads sat knitting in a garden waiting for fate to bring them each their dearest wish. Wooster's contemporary version places the heroines in a more relevant setting: three college coeds (junior Jenny Brumbaugh and first-years Mary Jeffries and Laura Schnieder) tending bar until graduation. The Messenger of fate (Colin Commager), himself a dissatisfied personality, brings to each woman exactly what she has desired. As the opera closes, each character conveys the all-too-true expression, "...be careful of what you wish for..."

Each of the productions will be staged by Carrie deLapp-Culver, associate professor of music at Wooster, and accompanied by Toni Shreve, also a member of the music department at Wooster.

Additional information is available by phone (303-263-2419) or e-mail.