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April 18, 2014
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU presents 'Too Many Sopranos'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's music department will present "Too Many Sopranos," a comic opera in two acts, at 7:30 p.m., April 30, in Swope Music Hall. Contestants from this year's Mr. and Ms. SRU bodybuilding contest will appear as special guests.

The opera, with libretto by Miki Lynn and music by Edwin Penhorwood, is under the direction of Christopher Scott, assistant professor of music at SRU.

"Our story begins as four operatic divas arrive at the gates of Heaven only to discover that there are not enough spots for all of them in the Heavenly Choir. The audience will join them on their journey as St. Peter and the angel Gabriel lead them through the depths of Hell in order to bring back some men, securing their spots in the eternal choir. It is a hilarious, fun-filled show," Scott said.

The cast includes Eric Garber, a music performance major from Bell Vernon, as St. Peter;

Jennifer Nyce, a music performance major from Schwenksville, as Dame Doleful; Kylie Reiber, a music therapy major from Ontario, N.Y., as Madame Pompous; Bethany Pasierb, a music education major from Chambersburg, as Miss Titmouse; and Caitlin Luck, a music performance major from Wellsburg, W. Va., as Just Jeanette.

Also part of the cast are: A. J. Pagano, a music education major from Nanty Glo, as Nelson Deadly; Craig Allison, a music education major from Slippery Rock, as Enrico Carouser; J. Patrick McGill, a music education major from Washington, Pa., as an unnamed bass; Austin Wolford, a music education major from Butler, as Orson; Debrah Evans, a music education major form Ellwood City, as the sandman; Lyric Ackelson, a music education major from Butler, as Gabriel; Terry Thompson, a secondary education/social studies/history major from Cabot, as Glenda; and Erika Kuhn, a music therapy major from Erie, Mara Flannery, a music performance major from Butler, Dana Jacoby, a music therapy major from Delran, N.J., and Carlie Keffer, a music education major from Dawson, who make up the quartet.

Kaitlynn Sinclair, a music therapy major from Slippery Rock, and Yevonne Carlson, a health and physical education major from Smethport, are the cherubs; and Bryan Smith, a chemistry major from Bethel Park, and Jeremiah Rowe, an exercise science major from Vandergrift, are the guards.

Paula Kubik is the accompanist.

The production is being mounted with assistance from the SRU theatre, dance and art departments along with the SRU TV Studio staff, Pittsburgh Opera and Hill United Presbyterian Church of Butler.

The suggested donation is $10 for the general public; $5 for SRU students.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.