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University Theatre stages Mozart comic opera

Feb. 11, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Two of Western Michigan University's internationally acclaimed fine arts programs join forces Feb. 21-24 to present Mozart's comical take on masquerades and mistaken identities, "Cosi Fan Tutte."

Shows begin at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in Shaw Theatre at the Gilmore Theatre Complex.

WMU's Department of Theatre and School of Music team up to produce the classic opera, which revolves around the timeless templates of fickleness, forgiveness and falling in love. Based on true events, "Cosi Fan Tutte" was originally banned by the church in Italy. It features one of Mozart's richest and most inventive scores.

Dr. Carl Ratner, WMU associate professor of music, directs the all-student cast, which includes Justine Aronson, Tom Ball, Grant Carmichael, Steven Cox, Bill Duguid, Lauren Fisher, David Gailey, Chris Hathaway, Mary Therese Heintzkill, Marcus Jordan, Julie Kersaan, Chloe Kind, Mike Migliore, Katrin Murdock, Stephanie O'Dell, Bob Potsic, Renee Pruiksma, Katie Rohwer and Kaitlin Stark. The creative team includes students Rachel Engstrom, costume design, and Hope Glomski, stage manager. They are joined by faculty and staff members Matthew Knewtson, lighting and sound design; David Little, conductor; Gwendolyn Nagle, costume design; and Greg Roehrick, scenic design.

Reserved seating for "Cosi Fan Tutte" is $17, $12 for senior citizens and WMU employees, and $7 for students. Tickets are available by calling (269) 387-6222, online at www.wmich.edu/theatre, or by visiting the Gilmore Theatre Complex Ticket Office, Miller Auditorium Ticket Office or Epic Center Box Office in downtown Kalamazoo. Group discounts are available.

Media contact: Jason Nuzzo, (269) 387-3227, jason.a.nuzzo@wmich.edu

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