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UW-Eau Claire Opera Workshop to Present Family-friendly Tale

RELEASED: Nov. 7, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Opera Workshop will present "L'Enfant et les Sortilèges" (The Child and the Enchanted Objects) by Maurice Ravel at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, in Riverside Theatre of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The production, which is free and open to the public, will be presented in the English translation. It is approximately 50 minutes in length and family friendly.

The plot revolves around a naughty child who throws a tantrum, assaulting all of his belongings, including his cat. Throughout the performance, the child encounters all of the animals and toys he has mistreated as he wanders away from his house and into the garden. Just when the frightened child seems about to face the consequences of his cruelty, he binds the wounds of an injured animal in an instinctive act of kindness. The other animals observe the child's good deed and forgive him, helping him to return to his mother.

The cast includes senior Christine Schweikert, Coon Rapids, Minn., as The Child; senior Margaret Aspinwall, Madison, as Mother and White Cat; sophomore Kyle Robl, Merrill, as Armchair and Black Cat; junior Amanda Verstegen, Appleton, as Bergère Chair, Squirrel and an animal soloist; and senior Mark Lundin, Blaine, Minn., as Clock, Frog and an animal soloist.

Junior C. Max Athorn, Minneapolis, Minn., will play the role of Teapot and Little Old Man, and senior Sara Olson, Mukwonago, will play Chinese Cup and Owl. Senior Reidun Henrickson, West St. Paul, Minn., is cast as Fire and Bat, and sophomore Melissa Kocken, Greenleaf, as Ember and an animal soloist. Also cast are sophomore Lauren Tompkins, Chippewa Falls, as Shepard and Dragonfly; senior Joanna Fulton, Janesville, as Nightingale, Shepherdess and an animal soloist; junior Stephanie Holte, Sheboygan, as Princess; and freshman Brian Meyer, Clintonville, as Tree and an animal soloist.

"L'Enfant et les Sortilèges" is directed by Mitra Sadeghpour, assistant professor of music, with musical direction by Kathryn Proctor Duax, professor of music. Junior Emily Weber, Marshfield, is serving as accompanist for the production, and senior Erin Weaver, Stanley, is in charge of costumes.

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