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UTM to present ‘Gianni Schicchi’

UTM to present ‘Gianni Schicchi’

Posted: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 10:25 pm

Giacomo Puccini’s comic masterpiece, “Gianni Schicchi,” will be presented by the University of Tennessee at Martin Department of Music Lyric Opera Theatre.
The complete one-act opera — sung in English — will be staged at 7:30 p.m. April 15-16 in Watkins Auditorium of Boling University Center.
Admission is $5. Students with a UT Martin ID and children younger than age 12 will be admitted free.
While the original setting of “Gianni Schicchi” is in Florence, Italy, in 1299, the UT Martin production has been modernized to year 2011. The story is about greedy relatives of the Donati family, who are after the inheritance of their late uncle. They soon learn that he has left all his possessions to a charity, so they try to do whatever they can to alter his will. Little do they know that their solution will cause undesirable consequences to the whole family, except for two young lovers.
The cast features vocal students from the Department of Music: Easton Cecil and Rachel Lemonds, both of Dyersburg; Darrius Dandridge of Bolivar; Te’Rell Douglas of Jackson; Julia Ellegood of Roseburg, Ore.; Josh Gatlin and Nick Gatlin, both of Union City; Aaron Hand of Fairview; Ebonie Harrell and Heidi Lawson, both of Ripley; Joy Heath and Stephanie Klink of Bartlett; Timothy Johnson of Memphis; Melanie King of Cordova; Eric Lipford of Alamo; Vivian Mak of Hong Kong, China; Asha Moody of Pulaski; Michael Richardson of Dickson; and Will Sliger of Martin.
The production is under the musical direction of Dr. Roberto Mancusi, assistant professor of music, and stage direction of Dr. Amy Yeung, associate professor of music. Dr. Scott Roberts, professor of music, will provide the piano accompaniment for the performances.
For more information, call (731) 881-7408.

Published in The Messenger 4.6.11

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