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Olivet College presents “The Threepenny Opera”
Oct 03, 2003

OLIVET, Mich.The Olivet College theatre program will present, The Threepenny Opera, Oct. 30 through Nov. 1 at the Oaks Theatre in downtown Olivet. The production, which begins at 7:30 p.m. each evening, is free and open to the public.

Written by Betrolt Brecht with music by Kurt Weill, the script is based on John Gays play The Beggars Opera, telling the tale of the gangster Macheath (Mack the Knife), his associates, his lovers and the beggars who roamed and ruled the London streets in the 1830s.

This show is about shady characters with a social conscious, said Joanne Williams, director of the musical and instructor of journalism and theatre at Olivet College. The theme is mans inhumanity to man set to some wonderfully quirky music.

Timothy Flynn, Ph.D., assistant professor of music and director of choral music at Olivet, is the music coordinator and conductor.

The cast includes Amanda Bates, a freshman from Detroit; Dustin Beck, a junior from White Lake; Jennifer Bentley, a freshman from Herdon, Va.; Brad Bradbury, a junior from Pinckney; Ashurina Chamoun, a freshman from Warren; Ron Cole, a senior from Buchanan; Becky Gehrman, a junior from Battle Creek; Marie Gouba, a sophomore from Novi; Katie Grabner, a junior from Lansing; Benjamin Guins, a freshman from Lansing; Heather Amelia Hipkiss, a sophomore from Charlotte; Jason Alan Myers, a sophomore from Olivet; Katie OBrien, a junior from Flint; Kristina Pollard, a sophomore from Cassopolis; Peter Proctor from Battle Creek; Ashley Rose Reim, a sophomore from Port Huron; Liz Romans, a freshman from Olivet; Steve Szlaga, a sophomore at Western Michigan University; and James Wyszynski III, a junior from Grand Ledge.

This musical contains some adult themes.

For more information, contact Williams at (269) 749-6630.


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