“It’s very daunting, but at the same time, I’m incredibly honored to be given the opportunity.
“It’s an honor. It’s very exciting! It’s very humbling, too.”
What other responses would you expect from two freshmen cast as the lead roles in a Main Stage musical? Indeed, freshman Theatre majors Brian Warner and Molly Hernandez happily and humbly reflect on their experiences starring in She Loves Me as they plunge into the final weekend of the show’s run.
Warner wistfully describes his character Georg Nowack as “a hopeless romantic” who is also “very well educated and int
elligent.” This compels him “to find his woman and live happily ever after. But his fear is that he won’t.” As a result, Georg “starts writing to someone through this Lonely Hearts Club. Once he finds [his secret admirer] Dear Friend, his greatest hope and his greatest fear is, ‘Is this Dear Friend everything that I hoped for her to be?’”
Meanwhile, Hernandez excitedly explains that she loves her character Amalia Balash “because she’s not your typical ingénue. She’s spunky, and kind of sassy. Her biggest fear is that she’s going to end up alone, and she’s afraid that Georg is going to get in the way of that and cause issues. But they also have this playful banter throughout the show!”
Although their lovesick protagonists share much in common, both actors use distinct methods to get into character.
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!