UTC Theatre Co. And UTC Opera Present The Threepenny Opera April 19-23

  • Monday, April 11, 2022
Nancy Tillman as Jenny and Noah Fernandez as Macheath in The Threepenny Opera
Nancy Tillman as Jenny and Noah Fernandez as Macheath in The Threepenny Opera
photo by Steve Ray

UTC Theatre Co. and UTC Opera will present The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht, with music by Kurt Weill and translation by Marc Blitzstein, April 19-23 at the UTC Fine Arts Center. This revolutionary musical drama, directed by Steve Ray with vocal direction by Dr. Perry Ward, explores the consequences of crime, corruption, greed, and love in Victorian England.

Review for The Threepenny Opera: 

In The Threepenny Opera, notorious gangster Mack the Knife wreaks havoc on London when his new bride’s father tries to have him arrested. The show features an eclectic range of musical styles. Vocal Director Dr. Perry Ward notes that “Weill used jazz, torch songs, and even a nod to the traditional Lutheran chorale to point up the absurdities of his time.”

The work’s most famous song, “The Ballad of Mack the Knife,” has been recorded by such similarly diverse singers as Bobby Darin, Louie Armstrong, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald.

Director Steve Ray says UTC’s Ward Theatre will be transformed for the performances.  The stage will be converted into a Victorian theater to present the play and will have Victorian box seats and freestanding theatrical flats and platforms.

"The author Brecht challenged audiences to remain active-minded throughout the performance, while still presenting an engaging story,” says Mr. Ray. “Like Brecht, we are going to show the audiences the mechanics of the theatre and the actors behind the characters. The audience should expect to be both entertained and challenged.”

The creative team includes Steve Ray (director), Dr. Perry Ward (vocal direction), Tim Hinck (music direction), Kristin Nally (choreography), Adam Miecielica (set design), Andrew Haueter with student Liomar Mercedes Sosa (costume design), and Jeff Davis (technical direction) with students Lily Turman and Maegan Whitlock (lighting design). 

UTC  Theatre Co. presents The Threepenny Opera in the Dorothy Hackett Ward Theatre in the UTC Fine Arts Center, at 752 Vine St., April 19-23 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on April 23. Tickets can be purchased at the UTC Box Office in person or by phone at 425-4371, or by visiting https://www.utc.edu/theatre. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for students (with proof of student ID) and seniors.

Cast: Will Lowery, Noah Fernandez, Christian Newton, Madison Byrd, Lauren Mund, Isaiah Owens, Sadie Collins, Nancy Tillman, Dyna DeMerrit, Ashley DeMerritt, Katherine Forrester, Travis Gardner, Calista Geralds, Gwynne Jones, Andrew Markham, Rea Parrish, Emma Jo Moyle, Pearson Smith, Caton Taylor, and Julia Walker. The state manager is Jackie Box.

Madison Byrd as Mrs. Peachum and Nancy Tillman as Jenny in The Threepenny Opera
Madison Byrd as Mrs. Peachum and Nancy Tillman as Jenny in The Threepenny Opera
photo by Steve Ray
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