Marshall to present ‘The Magic Flute’ Oct. 19 and 20


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TheMagicFlutePosterMarshall’s School of Music and Theatre will present a fully staged production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, sung in English, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20.  Both performances will take place at the Jean Carlo Stephenson Auditorium in Huntington City Hall.

The Marshall Symphony Orchestra, directed by Dr. Elizabeth Reed Smith, joins the MU Opera Theatre, under the direction of Linda Dobbs, in Mozart’s musical fantasy that has become the world’s most frequently performed opera. Scene and lighting design by are by Lang Reynolds, professor of theatre.

The Magic Flute has something for every member of the audience,” Dobbs said. “Children will delight in Papageno’s antics and the bewitching spells of the magic flute, while adults may ponder the symbolism of the Enlightenment and the Masonic imagery provided by Mozart and his librettist, Emanuel Schikenader. Everyone will marvel at the Queen of the Night and go home humming. We have a wonderful cast and orchestra and we are thrilled to share this much-loved opera with our Huntington audiences.”

The Magic Flute is both whimsical and profound, Dobbs added. It’s a beguiling tale of the star-crossed lovers, Tamino and Pamina, and a loveable but lonely bird-catcher as the three search for love and struggle to attain wisdom. During their journey, they must overcome hatred, temptation, and dangerous trials but, aided by a magic flute and benevolent guidance, they are all proven worthy. The tale is woven together by the extraordinary music of Mozart. The Magic Flute is a perfect opera for the entire family, she said.

General admission tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12 and groups. Marshall students are admitted free with current IDs. Tickets are available at the door or by calling the School of Music and Theatre at ext.6-3117.

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Photo: Laura Campbell (left) and Robert Nunez preview their roles in Marshall’s production of Mozart’s Magic Flute, which will take place Oct. 19-20.  Photo by Rick Haye.