A-State Opera Theatre prepares for extraterrestrial visitors in engaging show
Published: Monday, October 21, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013 08:10
A-State’s Opera Theatre is gearing up for their fall performance, ‘Aliens Invade Opera Scenes,’ which will be held on campus at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 24-25 in Riceland Hall at the Fowler Center.
In the spirit of the season, the out-of-this-world show will merge opera scenes with a family-friendly alien invasion.
It is all coming together under the direction of Marika Kyriakos, who has been associate professor of music at A-State for the past six years.
According to Kyriakos, theatre patrons are encouraged to dress the part and arrive in their best alien attire.
“We’re inviting everyone to come to the show dressed up as aliens if they want to get onstage and have some fun,” she said.
Songs will include selections from operas composed by Puccini, Mozart, Catalani, John Dowland and Carlisle Floyd. Other singers will feature American composers Samuel Barber, William Bolcom, and Ben Moore.
“The songs don’t actually feature aliens, but we will ask the audience to come up on stage and invade certain scenes,” Kyriakos said. “We would love to have lots of participation.”
Ian Tucker, a junior nursing major of Longbeach, Calif., has been singing opera for more than 20 years, but this will be his first experience sharing the stage with extra-terrestrials.
“It’s definitely something different. It’s more comedic than the traditional opera, so I think people will like it. I hope to see some cool aliens,” Tucker said.
The alien aspect of this performance is actually foreshadowing of what will be invading the stage next semester. “Help, Help, the Globolinks!” is a full-length German opera by Menotti that features aliens as well, although is has been translated into English for American audiences.
The show will not only incorporate the talents of A-State opera singers, but also those of students from Jonesboro’s Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School.
Senior Vocal Performance major, Cori Beasley, of Gilmer, Texas, has been involved with Opera Theatre since she came to A-State almost four years ago.
“It’s important to find something that connects with the community. When most people hear the word opera, they think of old classical stuff, so this is our chance to draw people in and expose them to something new. By doing things this way, we hope to grow the theatre,” Beasley said.
She said she has been in love with opera ever since she was exposed to it and hopes to share that love with a wider audience.
“We like to pick off-the-wall things so people will come check us out. We had lots of audience participation when we did ‘Chicken Little’, so hopefully this one will be just as good or better in that aspect,” Beasley said.
This semester’s alien preview acts as a fundraiser for students that will be traveling to New York City to attend the 2014 National Opera Association convention in January.
Tickets are available now at the A-State Box Office in the Convocation Center. Adult tickets are $8, or $10 at the door, and $5 for students and children. Call 870-972-2781 for more information.