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Sara Ganz as Magda in The Consul.
'Consul' a total theatrical event
By Susan Edwards
Gian-Carol Menotti's "The Consul," opening
Friday in Kimball Recital Hall, is a total theater
The contemporary story, with a plot which
'people can identify, is as enjoyable as the
music-a situation you don't always find in
opera, according to house manager John
Brandstetter. Unlike much contemporary opera,
'The Consul" is considered a standard in
The opera, which won the Pulitzer Prize and
Music Drama Critics' Award, will run Friday,
Saturday, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. in
Students should be able to visualize the action
easily, Brandstetter said. A multi-media show
with films and slides emphasizes the dramatic
action and mood. A magician also performs.
Not a light love story, the plot concerns a man
who has fled a country governed by a brutal,
totalitarian regime. He leaves behind his wife,
mother, and child. The family's attempt to get
visas and escape the country are frustrated by the
uncooperative consul, a wall of paperwork and
red tape. No heavenly being arrives to save the
family and the wife finally despairs.
Since Menotti was a stage director, his shows
have more meat to them than most operas,
Brandstetter said. He said the difficult music
roles necessitated some double casting.
Sara Ganz and Jane Mathew will alternate the
lead of Magda, the wife. Kent Flail sings the role
of John Sorel, the husband, and Mary Kusek
plays the mother.
The performance also marks the 20th
anniversary of Howell Memorial Theatre. In 1949
the Temple Bldg. theater closed its doors to
operas and theater performances after being
condemned as a fire trap.
The new, remodeled $450,000 Howell
Memorial Theatre opened in 1955 equipped
"with the most modern backstage devices,"
according to an artical in the Nebraska Alumni.
To celebrate the opening, the Department of
Music and the University Theater selected "The
Consul" for performance. Dr. Dallas Williams was
director and Dr. David Foltz directed the
According to the article,
the new Howell Theatre
capacity-75 light changes, rapid scene changes,
and a stereophonic control system with 27
"The music-drama is filled with emotion, both
in music and in acting-stiffness has vanished,"
the article said.
Tickets are available to students for $2.50 at
the Westbrook Music Bldg. box office.
"The Consul" used
building to its
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