Opera Scenes Tradition Continues with a Twist

"Things Aren't Always What They Seem," as Oklahoma Baptist University's Division of Music will confirm during their annual Opera Scenes performances on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 20-21, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium. The public is invited to attend.

Each year the Music Theater I class offers students the opportunity to learn various skills related to stage production and performance. The class culminates in a presentation of selected opera and musical theater scenes.

"This year's program features both comic and dramatic scenes from operas and musicals which all have an element of deception or the unexpected," said Dr. Mark McQuade, OBU assistant professor of music and coordinator of vocal studies. "From cases of mistaken identity to Mafia thugs promoting Shakespeare, the scenes will make you laugh and make you think."

Students in the Music Theater I course prepare for the 2009 Opera Scenes production of "The Medium." Performers pictured above include (from left) Jacqueline Graves, Casey Flynt, Courtney Bryant, Kristen Slocum and Katelyn Horrocks.

The opera scenes include "The Most Happy Fella" by Frank Loesser, "The Medium" by Gian Carlo Menotti, "Kiss Me, Kate" by Cole Porter, "Don Giovanni" by Wolfgang Amadaeus Mozart, and the Finale ("Garden" Scene) from "Le nozze di Figaro," also by Mozart.

Performers in the Opera Scenes productions include: Courtney Bryant, a sophomore from Moore, Okla.; Casey Flynt, a junior from Turpin, Okla.; Jacqueline Graves, a junior from Marland, Okla.; Andrew Harper, a sophomore from Olympia, Wash.; Katelyn Horrocks, a sophomore from Cushing, Okla.; Justin Lee, a senior from Shawnee, Okla.; Stephanie Marchbanks, a sophomore from Overland Park, Kan.; Trevor Mastin, a sophomore from Shawnee; Colin Metcalf, a freshman from Jenks, Okla.; Micah Reinhart, a junior from Mooreland, Okla.; Samantha Rose, a freshman from Norman, Okla.; Lucas Simmons, a sophomore from Weleetka, Okla.; Kristen Slocum, a junior from Collinsville, Okla.; Kacy Southerland, a senior from Oklahoma City; Greg Spena, a sophomore from Louisville, Ky.; and Sarah Stephens, a freshman from Tulsa, Okla.

The musical stage direction will be provided by McQuade and Dr. Jennifer McQuade, OBU assistant professor of music. Dr. Keith Whitmore, OBU assistant professor of music, will serve as accompanist. The choreographers are Mastin and Kathryn Hunter, a sophomore from Owasso, Okla.

Tickets are available at the door. They are $5 for adults and $3 for students. Children ages 12 and younger get in free.