"The Magic Flute" Opera

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Wesley Chapel


April 19, 2013 - April 20, 2013


07:30 PM to 09:00 PM


Houghton College’s lyric theatre program will be presenting a production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute on Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20, in Wesley Chapel.  Show time is at 7:30 p.m. on both days and tickets cost $10 for general admission and $5 for children and students.  Purchase tickets online by clicking "Register for this Event" link above or in person at the Houghton College Welcome Center. 

Mozart’s The Magic Flute has been said to resonate with a wide audience, providing abundant humor alongside dramatic conflict and a powerful love story.

In the story, a young princess, Pamina, is at the center of a sinister kidnapping plot, which involves her mother, the Queen of the Night, and Sarastro, the priest of the sun.  The prince, Tamino, aided by the bumbling bird-catcher, Papageno, undergoes trials in order to save Pamina. Even with the whimsical trappings of fairy tale, the humanity of the lead characters is on full display: they must each choose between darkness and light and rely on the love of others to become the people they are meant to be. 

Directed by Dr. Conor Angell, the new director of lyric theatre, the show will be performed in English translation.

“This is truly a performance for people of all ages,” says Angell.  “Whether you are eight or eighty, this will be a magical adventure you will not want to miss.”

The production will include vividly colorful set pieces and costumes.  “It's been a real honor to be a part of bringing this opera to life...," said Amy Coon, scenic designer. "Roxanne and I have some really ambitious ideas that we're excited to bring to the stage including a giant serpent, birds, puppets, and twenty seven foot tall scrims."

Technical director, Roxanne Kehr, said, “This is definitely one of the biggest undertakings, as far as set design goes, for Houghton.”

The Magic Flute is a challenging musical undertaking, in which vocal acrobatics must be combined with dramatic movement and dancing.

Sophomore Rachael Anacker and junior Joseph Perrotti will fill the roles of the Queen of the Night and Sarastro. Junior Luke Ogden lends his tenor voice to the leading role of Tamino, with junior Suzannah Waddington and graduate student Margaret McGowan double-cast in the leading soprano role of Pamina.

Other graduate students involved include conductor Andrew Dibble, collaborative pianist Caleb Lawson, and Christopher Olsen and Gregory Austin in the leading roles of Papageno and Monostatos.

The professionals from the sound and lighting team of Houghton’s EMA Studios are helping to create the magical visual effects. The orchestra will be comprised of Houghton student musicians and local area professionals.


*Online Registration is now closed. Tickets will be sold at the door for both performances starting at 7:00pm.


Shelly Hillman


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