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The Lycoming College theatre and music departments, will present Bertolt Brecht's "The Threepenny Opera" Nov. 14-17 in the Mary L. Welch Theatre. All shows begin at 8 p.m. and are open to the public.
"The Threepenny Opera" is directed by Dr. N. J. Stanley, professor of theatre, with music direction from Dr. Gary M. Boerckel, former professor of music. The cast, crew and pit is comprised of Lycoming students. The musical contains adult language and situations and is therefore recommended for mature audiences.
"The Threepenny Opera" is an adaptation of 18th century writer John Gay's "The Beggar's Opera." The dark, satirical musical is set in 1837 London, just days before Queen Victoria's coronation. The plot follows Mack the Knife, the infamous criminal of the London underworld, as he thieves and hides from the law until his eventual capture. The story remains disturbingly relevant today, commenting on the corrupt nature of beggars, thieves, murderers and whores, and modern morality.
"Brecht believed in the theatre's power to educate and serve as a vehicle for social change, so he created techniques to disrupt the audience's absorption in the world of the play," says Stanley. "He wanted the audience to think about the play's ideas and to do something to make the world better after they leave the theatre. Actors speak directly to the audience; the action takes place all over the theatre, not just onstage; and nothing is hidden—the audience can see everything happening backstage as well as onstage."
Tickets for the production are free for Lycoming students, faculty and staff. Public ticket prices are $12 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors. Dinner and a Show tickets for Friday, Nov. 16, are also available for $18 per person. Tickets may be reserved by calling the box office at 570-321-4048.
Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., the College fosters academic rigor, a supportive faculty and successful outcomes. It offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 educational institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812, Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.