Louisiana Tech University School of Performing Arts Announces Cast for So in Love! Opera Workshop.

Louisiana Tech University

The Louisiana Tech University School of Performing Arts is proud to announce the cast for the upcoming production of So in Love! Opera Workshop directed by Dr. Lisa Maxedon,

Opera Workshop performances are scheduled to run February 9 – 12, 2011 at 7:30 pm in Stone Theatre, located in the Howard Center for the Performing Arts. The Box Office, located in the lobby of Howard Auditorium, will open for general admission for this event beginning January 26. The Box Office hours are Monday – Friday, 1:30 pm – 4:45 pm, and their number is 318-257-3942. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $5 for students (with a valid student I.D.), $6 for children 14 and under, $5 for seniors, $4 for groups of 12 or more, and $5 for continuing education.

The cast for So in Love! Opera Workshop includes: Emily Ledford as Bastienne, Marion Paroo, Maria; Drew Coker as Bastien, Bill Calhoun/Lucentio; Stephen Clark as Bastien Understudy, Wesley Henderson as Colas, Arthur; Marissa McMath as Lilli Vanessi/Kate; Ryan Ferrebee as Fred Graham/Petruchio, Harold Hill, Tony; Laura McCormick as Lois Lane/Bianca; Kristen Raborn-Foster as Hattie, Tracy Reeves as Freddy Eynsford-Hill; Rachael Pace as Guenevere; Destiny Garcia as Anita. The Barbershop Quartet consists of Stephen Clark, Drew Coker, Wesley Henderson, Tracy Reeves. Chorus includes: Stephen Clark, Drew Coker, Elise Endel, Ryan Ferrebee, Katherine Finney, Destiny Garcia, Erice Gilmore, Wesley Henderson, Kate Higgs, Jessica Johnson, Laura McCormick, Marissa McMath, Rachael Pace, Kristen Raborn-Foster, Tracy Reeves, Kaitlyn Wooley.

So in Love! Opera Workshop is a mixture of Opera and Musical Theatre compiled by Dr. Lisa Maxedon. The first act will be Bastien and Bastienne, Mozart’s first one-act comic opera written when he was only twelve years old. The opera tells the story of Bastienne, a shepherdess who requests the help of Colas, a magical soothsayer, to help her win back her love, Bastien. The second act opens appropriately with “Another Openin’, Another Show” from Cole Porter’s Tony Award winning musical Kiss Me, Kate; the “play within a play” musical that revolves around a theatre troupe performing a musical version of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Other selections are from My Fair Lady (based upon George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion) and Camelot, both by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, and The Music Man by Meredith Wilson. The night will end with West Side Story, by Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein, and Stephen Sondheim, the classic tale of love over rivalry based off of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.