Operetta ‘Die Fledermaus’ opens Thursday at UNK theatre

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KEARNEY – The University Theatre at Kearney will present “Die Fledermaus” Dec. 4-6 at the Miriam Drake Theatre at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
“Die Fledermaus,” composed by Johann Strauss II, is a fast-moving operetta that is based on one friend playing a huge practical joke on another.Falke is humiliated by being left on a park bench dressed in a bat costume overnight by his friend Eisenstein. Falke plots his revenge on Eisenstein at a huge gala where he is tricked into flirting with his own disguised wife and all kinds of mayhem ensues.
“This is the perfect first opera for a novice, as it is framed in farce, has beautiful costumes from the 1870s, features dance, visual art in the set and lighting, and very talented UNK student singers and actors,” said Janice Fronczak, theatre professor and director.
The performance is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday (Dec. 4 and 5) and at 2 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 6).
The play is directed and designed by UNK faculty. For tickets, contact the UNK Box Office at 308.865.8417 or boxoffice@unk.edu.
Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for non-UNK students, seniors and UNK faculty/staff; $9 per person for groups of 10 or more; and $3 for UNK students with a valid ID.
Die Fledermaus (13)Cast
Alliance – Elaine Tolstedt as Guest/Servant
Beatrice – Megan Decker as Ida
Crofton – Thomas Augustin as Guest/Servant
Grand Island – Sydney Clifton as Prince Orlofsky
Hastings – Taylor Hubbard as Guest/Servant
Kearney – Katherine Ridder as Rosalinda
Lincoln – Nolan Pribnow as Falke
North Platte – Benjamin Hill as Alfred
Omaha – Madison Hoge as Guest/Servant
Ord – Austin Edghill as Guest/Servant
Randolph – Derek Gall as Guest/Servant
St. Paul – Michael Cantrell as Gabriel von Eisenstein
Winside – Kyle Mundil as Frank
Valentine – Kyle Gregg Perrett as Frosch
Overland Park, KS – Tyler Hileman as Dr. Blind/Guest/Servant
Flagstaff, AZ – Jacob Knudsen as Ivan
Ansan, South Korea – So-Young Chun as Guest/Servant
Seoul, South Korea – Hajeong Lee as Adele
Die Fledermaus (18)Faculty Guest Performers (Gala within production)
Sharon O’Connell Campbell as Madame Erda Corradetti-Coquette
Andrew White as Danilo Danilovitsch
Dayna DeFilippis as Titania Cleoprina
Student Production Staff
Comstock – Taylor Ritz (asst. stage manager)
Hastings – Makenzie Hinrichs (stage manager)
Hastings – Tanner Peshek (assistant stage manager)
Johnstown – Lars Johnson (properties master)
Faculty/Staff Artistic Team

Janice Fronczak – director
Anne Foradori – musical director
Dayna DeFilippis – choreographer
Nancy Curry – chorus master/coach répétiteur
Del DeLorm – lighting designer
Darin Himmerich – scenic designer
Sara Curran Ice – costume designer
Richard Scholwin – sound designer

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Source: Susan Deiger, 308.865.8406, deigerski@unk.edu
Writer: Sara Giboney, 308.865.8529, giboneys2@unk.edu


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