The Bard and Broadway

November 9th, 2001 by Adam

WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE INSPIRE MUSICAL REVIEW

A musical revue of scenes and songs from operas and musical theatre inspired by the works of William Shakespeare will be presented by the PSC Music Theatre Company, November 14-18 at the Silver Cultural Arts Center.

The program includes scenes from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Benjamin Britten, “Otello” by Giuseppe Verdi, “Romeo and Juliet” by Charles Gounod, “The Merry Wives of Windsor” by Otto Nicolai, “The Boys from Syracuse” by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, “West Side Story,” by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim and “Kiss Me Kate” by Cole Porter.

Music and Theatre Company Artistic Director Kathleen Arecchi, professor of voice and director of voice performance studies at PSC says, “In addition to its entertainment value for the audience, this program of scenes from opera and musical theatre provides wonderful developmental opportunities for many more of our students than is possible when we do a full, standard musical. Twenty-nine students are involved in the current production, and so many of them have the opportunity to play leading roles in at least one, and more often two or three scenes.”

Scenes are directed by Arecchi and Eva Nagorka, who is adjunct instructor of voice at Plymouth State College. Music direction is by Constance Chesebrough, collaborative pianist and adjunct instructor of piano, and Allan DiBiase, collaborative pianist and affiliate instructor in the College’s master of education degree program.

Among the song selections are an aria from “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” “Juliet’s Waltz Song” from “Romeo and Juliet,” “I Hate Men” and “Tom, Dick and Harry” from “Kiss Me Kate” and the “Tonight” quintet from “West Side Story.”

Performances are Wednesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. Tickets for the performance are $12 at the Silver Cultural Arts Center box office, 535-ARTS. If special accommodations are needed, please call in advance.