Calling all opera lovers, opera scholars, and really anyone who has at least a mild interest in seeing what opera is all about: if you want to experience opera in Chicago, but don’t want to spend large amounts of money for a single show, come to Loyola’s Night at the Opera!
This April on Wednesday the 27th, the Univeristy Chorale, Women’s Chorus, and Chamber Choir will come together to perform scenes from a variety of beloved operas. Selections range from classics such as Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, and Bizet’s Carmen to numbers you never even knew existed in operatic form, such as the “Witches’ Chorus” from Macbeth, an “Evening Prayer” from Hänsel and Gretel, and several numbers from the musical South Pacific. The performance will feature Loyola’s Symphony Orchestra, solos from some of the best vocalists in our music program, and a special guest appearance by celebrated tenor Garrett Johannsen of the William Ferris Chorale. Join us to experience great opera – or really, over fifteen great operas – at unbeatable prices in an intimate, up-close setting. Whether you’re a confirmed opera fanatic or a first-time attendee, this is not an event to miss!
Night at the Opera will take place at 7:30 pm in Mundelein Auditorium. Tickets range from $6-$10 and can be purchased here. More information can also be found here.
“Sometimes I want to be up there dancing! But I’m very happy to be on this side of the table,” proclaims junior theatre major Maggie Cramer.
You may recognize Cramer from her star turn as the titular character in last semester’s Second Stage show Eurydice, as well as her role as Christine Linde in the recent main stage production of A Doll’s House. However, for the upcoming main stage musical She Loves Me, Cramer views the show from a completely different perspective, taking a step behind the curtain as Assistant Director.
“Going into it, I wasn’t sure what to expect,” Cramer admits. “This was my first time in an Assistant Director position, and my first time working with [theatre faculty member] Sarah [Gabel]. I wanted to come into the process and learn a lot, and that’s definitely what’s happening!”
As a part of that learning, a portion of Cramer’s job as Assistant Director is to conduct dramaturgical research about the musical. Starting with the plot, Cramer explains that She Loves Me “follows the clerks’ and customers’ lives in Mr. Maraczek’s parfumerie, which is similar to a department store. In particular, it follows two clerks, Georg and Amalia.”
Not wanting to give away too many details, Cramer hints at the unique nature of Georg and Amalia’s fiery relationship. “At first, they cannot stand each other, but as the show progresses, you learn that they have more in common than they think!” And of course you’ll have to see the show to find out exactly what those similarities are!
I hope your week has been off to a good start. Over at columbinus, we just moved into our space in the Underground Theatre and are about to enter technical rehearsals on Thursday where we will begin to incorporate lights, sound, projections, and other design elements of the show. We couldn’t be more excited to build this world even more!
This week, I wanted to focus on the vast net that Columbine has cast, specifically in two areas – the internet’s obsession with Dylan and Eric, or the “Columbiners”, and the copycats. Our show does a great job of painting a picture of the immediate Littleton, but one thing that gets lost is the chain of events that have followed Columbine on a national level.
First and foremost with Columbine, we must remember that Dylan and Eric wanted two things – death and glory. They wanted to be remembered like Gods in their homicide and suicide. They were two kids from Colorado who wanted to top the Oklahoma City bombing and if it weren’t for some faulty wiring, they would have succeeded. The propane tank bombs they built would have blown up the school and most likely claimed the lives of hundreds of people. When that failed, they switched to shooting, and our narrative continues from there; thirteen dead and twenty-four injured. They would dream of Quentin Tarentino and Steven Spielberg fighting over who would direct the movie based on their lives. They were obsessed with the media and production that went into creating the persona that were Rebel (Eric) and voDKa (Dylan). They knew they would have an audience following these events and they milked that for everything it was worth.