Opera & Musical Theatre

Voice students are drawn to the thrill of performing in the School of Music’s annual opera productions. Each year, a fully staged, double-cast opera is performed. With the support of the School of Music, the Department of Communication and Theatre also presents a fully staged musical theatre production.

Young Frankenstein

Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan
Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Directed by Steve Timm
Music Direction by Steven Linville ’06
Choreography by Jared Norman ’12

Thursday-Saturday | Oct. 5-7 | 7:30 p.m.
Sunday | Oct. 8 | 1 p.m.

From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation, The Producers, comes this monster new musical comedy. The comedy genius, Mel Brooks, adapts his legendarily funny film into a brilliant stage creation Young Frankenstein!

Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced "Fronk-en-steen") inherits his family's estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor (pronounced "Eye-gore"), and a leggy lab assistant, Inga (pronounced normally), Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. "It's alive!" he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather's. Of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds.

Every bit as relevant to audience members who will remember the original as it will be to newcomers, Young Frankenstein has all the of panache of the screen sensation with a little extra theatrical flair added. It will surely be the perfect opportunity for a production company to showcase an array of talents. With such memorable tunes as "The Transylvania Mania," "He Vas My Boyfriend" and "Puttin' on the Ritz," Young Frankenstein is scientifically proven, monstrously good entertainment.

Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

The Marriage of Figaro

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte
Music Direction by Orcenith Smith
Stage Direction to be Announced

Thursday–Saturday | March 1–3, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.
Sunday | March 4, 2018 | 2 p.m. 

Based on the class-conscious, 18th-century play by Pierre Beaumarchais, DePauw Opera’s 2018 production of Mozart’s comic opera Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) explores the indiscretions of the aristocracy. As the extraordinarily crafted music illuminates the story’s narrative, shameful plots, mistaken identity, humorous coincidences and guilt-ridden confessions bring the play-within-a-day to an emotional and joyful conclusion!

The DePauw production will be sung in Italian with English supertitles.

IMAGE: DETAIL FROM THE STOLEN KISS BY JEAN-HONORÉ FRAGONARD (LATE 1780S)