|SOUTHEASTERN ANNOUNCES CAST FOR SPRING PRODUCTION OF “DIDO AND AENEAS”
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana
University’s Opera/Music Theatre Workshop has announced the cast for its
spring production, “Dido and Aeneas,” scheduled March 16-19 at the Pottle
Music Building Auditorium.
Henry Purcell’s classic Baroque
opera will star Amanda Tarver of Prairieville as Dido and Mathew Packard
of Chalmette and Simon Pfeil of Hammond as Aeneas, said workshop Director
Charles Effler. “Dido and Aeneas” will be directed by Southeastern artist-in-residence
Composed in 1689 and with a running
time of just over an hour, “Dido and Aeneas” is the
only opera by Purcell, one of England’s greatest composers. “This magnificent
miniature was reintroduced to the opera-going public in the mid-1800s and
has been performed around the world ever since,” Effler said.
“Dido and Aeneas” features one
of the most memorable laments in all of opera, “When I am laid in earth.”
The libretto, based loosely on Virgil’s epic poem, “Aeneid,” tells the
story of Dido, the widowed Queen of Carthage, and Aeneas, a prince of Troy
until that city’s defeat by the Greeks.
The cast also features Jessica
Davis and Wendy Kinchen of Ponchatoula as Belinda; Kristin Glass of Walker
and Sarah Osterberger of Baton Rouge as the Second Woman; Kay Schepker
of Hammond as the Sorceress; Cassie Arnold of Ponchatoula and Maria Burkett
of Chalmette as the First Witch; Christina Babin of Prairieville and Betty
Turner of Hammond as the Second Witch; and Brian Martinez Jr. of Montz
and Brandon Wear of Slidell as the Sailor.
Effler will conduct the opera
and serve as vocal coach. Joining him on the production staff are set designer
Steve Schepker, costume designer Richard Walsh, lighting designer Ellen
Sovkoplas, and choreographer Dana Brewer-Plazinic.
Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Available
at the door, general admission tickets are $10, adults, and $7, senior
citizens, Southeastern faculty, staff and alumni, and non-Southeastern
students. Southeastern students will be admitted free with their university
For additional information, contact
Effler at 985-549-2249 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Dido and Aeneas” is part of the Southeastern Department of Music and Dramatic
Arts annual spring performing arts series, “Encore!”