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'The Magic Flute' brings fantastical opera to Gantner Concert Hall

RELEASED: Feb. 11, 2011

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EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire music and theatre arts department will stage a production of Mozart's "The Magic Flute." Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24-26 and March 3-5, and at 1:30 p.m. March 6 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. There also will be a school performance at 9:30 a.m. March 2.

The opera, composed in 1791 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, combines a complex story line with charming characters resulting in a production well-suited for families with children and first-time opera goers.

The story takes place in a fantastical land full of magical creatures and mysterious men, women and spirits. Featuring a large cast of characters including a vengeful queen, a bumbling bird catcher, a courageous prince and an imprisoned princess, "The Magic Flute," Mozart's final masterpiece, is a timeless story where good triumphs over evil and young lovers are united.

According to director Dr. Mitra Sadeghpour, associate professor of music at UW-Eau Claire, the storyline is "both enchanting and deeply profound."

"I hope that the audience will enjoy the magic that we are creating on stage through our staging and dance, but also through the enchanting set, lighting and costumes," Sadeghpour said.

The University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Nobuyoshi Yasuda, associate professor of music, will provide accompaniment. Senior Stephanie Kass, Cedarburg, is the stage manager. The opera will be sung in German with English dialogue.

The production features more than 50 on-stage performers, as well as the orchestra. An additional crew of 50, including students, faculty and staff also are involved with the production.

Cast members for "The Magic Flute" are seniors Jonas Hacker, Lake Delton, and David Starry, Portage, singing the role of Tamino; senior Jeremy Gussin, Iowa City, Iowa, and junior Evan Wilberg, Anoka, Minn., as Papageno; senior Erin Kenneavy, Appleton, as Queen of the Night; senior Tomás Dominguez, Mukwonago, as Monostatos; seniors Tara Metcalf, Eau Claire, and Meagan Seubert, Eau Claire, as Pamina; junior Anthony Reed, Alexandria, Minn., and senior Sam Williams, Eau Claire, as Sarastro; sophomore Abigail Doering, Altoona, and junior Emily Klink, Baraboo, as Papagena; seniors Stephanie Dietz, La Crosse, and Rebecca Kidnie, St. Paul, Minn., as the First Lady; seniors Amelia Royce Lumsden, Baraboo, and Leisa Sunier, Kenosha, as the Second Lady; and seniors Alicia Fitchett, Green Bay, and Lauren Schell, Stoughton, as the Third Lady.

Tickets, available at the Service Center, are $14 for the public, $12 for those 62 and older and UW-Eau Claire faculty/staff, $10 for youth and $5 for UW-Eau Claire students with a student ID. For more ticket information, call the Service Center at 715-836-3727 or visit their website to purchase tickets online.

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