“Opera Meets Broadway” packs Strand Theatre

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Kennesaw State’s inaugural evening performance at historic Earl Smith Strand Theatre draws near capacity crowd

KENNESAW, Ga. (May 1, 2013)— The historic Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta played host to an evening of cultural classics in a one-night-only event when Kennesaw State University music and theatre students took to the stage.

“Opera Meets Broadway” featured Broadway titles ranging from “Fugue for Tinhorns” from Guys and Dolls, to “Lily's Eyes” from A Secret Garden, interspersed with such opera titles as the “Toreador's Song” from Carmen to “Una Furtiva” from L'Elisir d'Amore (The Elixir of Love), all accompanied by KSU artist-in-residence Judith Cole on a single grand piano.

More than a dozen selections were performed to a near capacity crowd at the renowned Art Deco venue, about half from opera and half from musical theatre, many pulled from recent KSU productions like “Cabaret.”

“This is the first time we have presented this kind of concert and the first time that the School of Music and the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies have produced a joint concert of opera and musical theatre selections,” said Associate Professor and Artistic Director Dean Adams. KSU’s Department of Theatre and Performance Studies has performed previously at The Strand.

The more than 25 student performers were selected from the two classes that produced the show: the opera class, comprised primarily of vocal performance majors in the School of Music, and the Musical Theatre Ensemble, the theatre and performance studies class that focuses on audition and performance skills for musical theatre concentration students.

Interim Chair of the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies Karen Robinson said last night’s event “was such a success that we are inspired to explore more interdisciplinary collaborations with the School of Music in the future.”

-- Robert S. Godlewski