Youngstown State University’s Donald P. Pipino Performing Arts Series and the Dana School of Music present Johann Strauss, Jr.’s opera Die Fledermaus Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 20, 21 and 22, in Bliss Hall’s Ford Theater.
Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday matinee performance is 2 p.m.
Reserve tickets by calling the University Theater Box Office at 330-941-3105. Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for senior citizens and high school and college students from other universities; $7.50 for YSU faculty and staff; $5 for YSU students with ID and University Theater season ticket holders. Parking is available in the Wick Avenue deck for a nominal fee.
A special event celebrating the opera, including refreshments and a director’s pre-show conversation, will be 12:30 p.m. Sunday, March 22, in Bliss Hall. Tickets are $20 and include refreshments, the pre-show talk and the matinee. Reservations and payment must be made in advance by calling the University Theater Box Office at 330-941-3105.
The performance is the second opera at YSU staged under the auspices of the Donald P. Pipino Performing Arts Series, made possible by Christine and Edward Muransky in honor of Christine’s father. The Muransky family provided a gift to support the Performing Arts Series and the YSU opera in perpetuity in October, 2013. The Performing Arts Series was renamed as a result of that gift.
Die Fledermaus, or translated, The Bat, was first performed at the Theater an der Wien, in Vienna, on April 5, 1874. “Die Fledermaus is a delightful comedy of seduction, deception and retribution in Viennese high society, set to the sparkling waltzes of Johann Strauss, Jr.,” Stage Director David Vosburgh said.
YSU’s opera program is directed by Allan R. Mosher; musical director and conductor Jon Simsic; stage director/scenic designer David Vosburgh; chorographer Staś Kmieć; lighting designer Kevin Wolfgang; costumer Barbara Luce; production manager Todd Dicken; stage manager Devin Whitehouse; musical preparation Jerry Rezanka; and master carpenter Frank Bongen.
The Die Fledermaus cast includes:
Dean LaSalandra (Austintown, OH); Anthony Humphrey (New Castle, PA); Rebecca Enlow (Salem, OH); Victor S. Cardamone (Apollo, PA) Michael Callahan, (Lancaster, PA); Kathleen Bachtel,
(Massillon, OH); Nicholas Hazleton, (Grove City, PA); Paul Hill, (Sharon, PA); Megan Anderson (New Castle, PA); Katy Howells, (Baden, PA); Erika Walker, (Canfield, OH); Andrew Stamp, (Struthers, OH) and YSU alumnus Thomas O’Donnell, ’91 & ’05 (Youngstown, OH).
Several dancers from Ballet Western Reserve, Staś Kmieć, Artistic Director, comprise the Corps De Ballet, including Isabel Aey, Allyssa Armstrong, Lexi Burdman, Austin Dabney, Anna Marie Duda, Noelle Flynn, Caroline Lacusky, Cristina LaRocca, Sophia Logston, Rachel Rhodanz, Ava Shapiro, Dagmar Stahl, and Sarah Veverka.