Simpson College Opera will present “Cinderella” on Feb. 15, 16 and 17 in Pote Theatre in the Blank Performing Arts Center.
Here are 10 reasons why you should see it:
1. Why celebrate Valentine’s Day when you can celebrate Valentine’s Weekend?
2. It’s the first time the opera by Jules Massenet has ever been performed at Simpson.
3. It’s the first time Simpson has featured a guest stage director. Welcome to campus, Crystal Manich!
4. Come see why the Simpson music department was recently named one of the top 100 programs in the country.
5. Did you know that all 10 of Simpson’s 2012 vocal performance graduates are receiving stipends and scholarships for graduate study, some with full remission and a salary? “This is an amazing achievement, for our graduates and the music department,” said Bernard McDonald, director of opera. You can truly see tomorrow’s stars today.
6. The chairs in Pote Theatre are super-comfy!
7. Here’s what McDonald says about this production: ”Massenet’s Cinderella was first performed in Paris in 1899. The tale familiar to generations has been adapted innumerably into every genre. Massenet’s version is notable for its wit and variety in creating the pomp of the court, the magic of the fairy world, the simple values of the good protagonists, and sensual, young love. By employing and synthesizing music redolent of Classical French ballet with influences such as Mendelssohn and Wagner, Massenet creates a piece with its own musical syntax: a Gallic take on a universal story.”
8. And more from the opera director: “This is a rare opportunity for Iowa audiences to see a fairy tale told with music of great wit and sensuous beauty that creates a world of magic. It is an extraordinary challenge for students to perform this piece, but we have assembled a large ensemble cast that has amazed me in their commitment to it. They love it.”
9. Because tickets are free for Simpson College employees and their immediate families. You can’t beat free.
10. If you go, you can buy one of these cool posters: