FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 2, 2014
University Relations Department
University of Montevallo
MONTEVALLO – The University of Montevallo department of music, with the help of a generous gift from Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc., will present Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera, The Mikado, April 24-27 in Palmer Auditorium on the UM campus.
The cast, directed by Charles Wood, associate professor of music at UM, will feature student singers, several of whom have won awards in national opera competitions. The production will feature an orchestra composed of musicians from among Montevallo’s music faculty and students, as well as from the Tuscaloosa Symphony and other area musicians.
“We are thrilled to have the generous support of Merrill Lynch as we prepare for the University of Montevallo’s upcoming production of The Mikado,” noted Dr. Alan Goldspiel, chair of UM’s Department of Music. “Partnerships such as this allow us to offer our students unparalleled performance experiences that enhance their learning opportunities and allow them to prepare to take their talents to the next level. They also provide outstanding options for members of the community and surrounding area to enjoy arts events that are both affordable and close to home. We are truly appreciative of Merrill Lynch’s investment in the arts and look forward to a continued relationship with them as we work to expand the arts throughout Shelby County,” stated Goldspiel.
One of the world’s most frequently played musical theatre pieces, The Mikado is set in Japan and satirizes British politics and institutions in play in the late 19th century, the period during which the opera was written. The comedy deals with themes of death as trivial, lighthearted issues, a technique called meiosis, a drastic understatement of a situation.
A feature of the production that is “personalized” for each company’s performance is the “Little List” of people in the fictional town of Titipu who would not be missed, should they be beheaded. In many instances, local celebrities and dignitaries vie for a place on the list, which is read during the performance.
Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24-Saturday, April 26, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, April 27. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens. General seating. For ticket information, contact the UM Music Department at 205-665-6670.