The 2007 Morningside College Opera Theatre production will take place Saturday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. in Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Avenue. Admission is $6 for adults and $1 for students with identification. Tickets are available at the door or by calling the music department at Morningside College at (712) 274-5210.
Morningside’s Opera Theatre performance this year will include scenes from Mozart’s opera “The Magic Flute,” Englebert Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel,” and Jacques Offenbach’s “La Périchole.” All works will be performed in English.
Music directors for this year’s Opera Theatre include Dr. Gail Dooley, associate professor of music at Morningside, and Kate Saulsbury, adjunct instructor of applied voice at Morningside. Stage director is Stephen Lundberg, adjunct instructor of applied voice. Costume designer is Randy Peters, staff member in Morningside’s theatre department. Accompanists for the production will be Jayne Koch and Carolyn Price.
Morningside College students who will be performing in this year’s production include:
Sioux City: Britt Gebhardt, Annika Kolbo, Nicholas McGraw.
Iowa: Megan Beery, Shenandoah; Amanda Flater, Marshalltown; Christopher Herrstrom, Mitchellville; Andrea Jenson, Pocahontas, Joshua Phipps, Larchwood.
Nebraska: Courtney Bruckner, Mclean.
Chris Hanson, a Sioux City student from Western Iowa Tech Community College, will also be performing with the group.
Dooley has been at Morningside since 1995 and teaches applied voice and related courses. She performs regularly in both solo recitals and as a guest soloist. She has appeared with such groups as the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, the Siouxland Master Chorale, the Sioux County Oratorio Society, the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, the Chattanooga Opera Company, and others. Her students have performed as finalists in regional, state, and local competitions.
Dooley received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in vocal performance from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a doctorate in vocal performance from Florida State University in Tallahassee.
Saulsbury joined the Morningside faculty in 1995. She is trained in voice and classical piano and has an extensive background in opera theatre and coach-accompanying. She is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls and has studied at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, Calif., and at Indiana University in Bloomington. She previously served as coach-accompanist for the Indianapolis Opera.
Lundberg has been teaching voice at Morningside since 2003. He has performed nationally and internationally as an actor, singer, and pianist. Regionally, Lundberg has performed in such venues as the Chanhassan Theaters in Minnesota, The Minnesota Children’s Theater, and Opera St. Paul, to name a few. In addition to teaching voice at Morningside, Lundberg serves as staging director, actor, music director, and vocal director for main stage musicals and children’s theatre productions at the college.