Kennesaw State Opera Theatre presents “Iolanthe”
Opera students will perform Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera
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KENNESAW, Ga. (February 20, 2013) —Immortal fairies, humans, forbidden love affairs and government satire, all with a touch of comic chaos, will come to the stage at Kennesaw State University with the upcoming production of "Iolanthe."
The KSU Opera Theatre program will present Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera “Iolanthe” in conjunction with the School of Music and Department of Theatre and Performance Studies. Performances will take place in the Howard Logan Stillwell Theater on February 21-24. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday.
This will be the first time KSU Opera Theatre has performed “Iolanthe,” directed by Associate Professor and Artistic Director Dean Adams. Artist-in-Residence Eileen Moremen, assistant director of the production, explains that "Iolanthe” is a Victorian spoof and a “comic operetta featuring fairies from the Arcadian forest facing off against the House of Peers.”
Gilbert and Sullivan are perhaps best known for composing “Pirates of Penzance,” “H.M.S. Pinafore” and “The Mikado,” but Moremen asserts that “Iolanthe” is “one of the lesser known operas, but equally as beautiful.” “Iolanthe” tells the story of a fairy by the same name who commits the capital crime of marrying a mortal, and she is then banished for life from her husband as a punishment from the Fairy Queen. When Iolanthe’s grown son from the union, half mortal and half fairy, falls in love with the beautiful mortal Phyllis, comic musical mayhem ensues.
A reduced KSU Symphony Orchestra will provide the pit music and Moremen expresses “special thanks to Mercer University” for the use of their costumes in the performance. “Iolanthe” is performed in two acts with an intermission.
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,100 students from more than 130 countries.