The upstairs downstairs lively adventures at The Earl of Grantham’s home on the PBS hit Downton Abbey have brought the class struggle between servants and masters to the attention of today’s audiences. This conflict, both a source of witty comedy and poignant drama, is one of the focal points of The Marriage of Figaro, presented March 27-29 in a sparkling combined production of the WKU Departments of Music and Theatre & Dance.
The action takes place in a single day and follows the topsy turvy events leading up to the wedding of Figaro, the jovial trusted head of Count Almaviva’s household, and his beautiful and wise intended bride, Susanna.
As preparations move forward, not everything is as it seems and many questions are left to be answered. Will Figaro’s past actions cause complications? Is anyone else pursuing Susanna? Will Count Almaviva intervene in the wedding plans? Does the Countess suspect anything is amiss? Does everything get sorted out in time for the wedding? Will there be a happy ending?
Come to the show and see how everything turns out. This production is set in the Edwardian era and features all you would expect from a period drama: scheming servants, gossipy neighbors, humorous comments, gorgeous costumes, mistaken identity and grand celebration. This contemporary version of the opera also will have spoken dialogue.
“Our production will provide a modern approach to the classical opera,” said Dylan Wright, a WKU sophomore from Frankfort who plays Figaro. “Since we will be performing in English, our audience should have a great understanding of the drama overall.”
The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart’s comic masterpiece, will be presented at 8 p.m. March 27-28 and 3 p.m. March 29 at WKU’s Van Meter Hall. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for students. Tickets can be purchased at wku.showare.com or by calling the Fine Arts Box Office at (270) 745-3121.
Cast members include the following: Caitlin Brown, a sophomore from Ashland; Abigail Curtis, a freshman from Georgetown; Taylor Dant, a junior from Louisville; Ellen Emerson, a sophomore from Louisville; Brandon Goodwin, a junior from Hopkinsville; Sarah Guthrie, a freshman from Bowling Green; Dylan Holder, a sophomore from Franklin; Josiah Howlett, a freshman from Lexington; Collin Jackson, a freshman from Louisville; Emily Keith, a junior from Georgetown; Evan Kerr, a freshman from Mount Washington; Gavin Knies, a junior from Lexington; Megan Magistrelli, a junior from Fort Wright; John Mark McElroy, a freshman from Woodburn; Justin Miller, a junior from Owensboro; Olivia Mitchell, a freshman from Bowling Green; Riley Morrissey, a freshman from Louisville; Katie Morrison, a senior from Bowling Green; Matthew Nelson, a freshman from Elizabethtown; Dare Norman, a senior from Bowling Green; Caleb Pless, a senior from Nashville, Tennessee; Josh Pulley, a senior from Nashville, Tennessee; Hadley Rouse, a sophomore from Owensboro; Hannah Somers, a graduate student from Bowling Green; Katie Vogel, a freshman from Shelbyville; Rebecca Volk, a junior from Owensboro; Colin Waters, a freshman from Florence; Abigail White, a junior from Waynesburg; Darrion Woodall, a sophomore from Paducah; Shelby Wooldridge, a junior from Frankfort; and Dylan Wright, a sophomore from Frankfort.
More information about the WKU Department of Theatre and Dance can be found at www.wku.edu/theatre-and-dance or by calling the department at (270) 745-5845. Like the department on Facebook or follow the department on Twitter @WKUTheatreDance for information on other upcoming performances.
Contact: Julie Pride, (270) 779-2560