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Celebrated operetta 'Die Fledermaus' to open Feb. 21 at UW-Eau Claire

February 13, 2013

DieFledermausEAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire music and theatre arts department will present Johann Strauss' "Die Fledermaus" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21-23 and Feb. 28-March 2, and at 1:30 p.m. March 3 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

"Die Fledermaus" ("The Bat"), composed by Johann Strauss to a German libretto by Karl Haffner and Richard Genée, is a celebrated operetta that has been popular since its premiere in 1874. It is set in Vienna at Prince Orlofsky's ball, where partygoers frolic through a series of mistaken identities, ridiculous trysts and madcap deceits. By the end of the farce, all masks are lifted, truths are revealed and audiences have been treated to sentimental waltzes from the golden age of operetta.

Dr. Mitra Sadeghpour, associate professor of music, is the director of the production, while Dr. Mark Mowry, assistant professor of voice, is the music director. Nobuyoshi Yasuda, associate professor of music, will conduct the University Symphony Orchestra for the production.

Cast members include senior Jordyn Beranek, Rice Lake, and senior Emily Klink, Baraboo, as Rosalinde; senior Abigail Doering, Altoona, and senior Nicole Korbisch, Birnamwood, as Adele; junior Luke Otto, Rosholt, as Gabriel von Eisenstein; senior Thomas Dominguez, Mukwonago, as Alfred; junior Chase Frigen, Wittenberg, as Dr. Blind; senior Jacob Burgess, Wausau, as Dr. Falke; senior Joe Kastner, Reedsburg, as Frank; junior Megan Hasenberg, Chippewa Falls, and sophomore Kelly Noltner, Monona, as Sally/Ida; sophomore Seth Hale, Antigo, as Frosch; senior Lauren Anderson, Muskego, and senior Victoria Smith, Two Rivers, as Prince Orlofsky; senior Claire Kafka Duda, Rolla, Mo., and senior Nicolai Ketelsen, Tomah, as a server/prisoner.

Senior Nate Plummer, Chippewa Falls, is the assistant director; senior Jake Brockmann, Merrill, is the stage manager; senior Andrew Steffen, New Richmond, is the chorus master and sophomore Miles Plant, Brookfield, is the assistant conductor. Kevin Gawley, assistant professor of theatre arts, is the scenic and lighting designer; Amanda Profaizer, assistant professor of dance, is the costume designer; Julie Fox, assistant professor of dance, is the choreographer; and James Zwicky, assistant professor of theatre arts, is the technical director.

Tickets, available online or at the Service Center, 715-836-3727 or 800-949-8932, are $14 for the public; $12 for those 62 and older, and faculty and staff with a university ID; $10 for children 17 and younger; and $5 for UW-Eau Claire students with a university ID.

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