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News from the Dramaturg

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The design team

   Finally, the day we have all been waiting for, our first staging rehearsal!!

   While each person involved in the production has been working for months in their particular area, this was the first time that we all got to be in the same room together. it's shocking to see just how much goes into a show before rehearsals even start! The performers in the show were casted in September, and since then have been dilligently working on their music, having lessons with voice professors, as well as spending countless hours of their own time in the music school getting everything just right. The directors have been familiarizing themselves with the libretto, as well as the german language, and the designers have been in the theatre building, making 3D set models, testing out fabrics, pricing lights, and much, much more. Technical staff have been preparing to build and sow, and the front of house team has been hard at work on planning the publicity shoot, editing the program, and selling tickets. Stage management has been doing paperwork, and planning meetings, and we, your dramaturgs have been researching like crazy!

   It was so exciting to finally get to see everyone else that has been working on the opera! And as you may guess, there sure are a lot of us! With over 35 performers in the cast, 1 director, 1 conductor 2 assistant directors, 4 people on the stage management team, 2 dramamturgs, countless people on the design, technical teams, and front of house teams, it was definitely a full house.

   We started off this rehearsal with everyone introducing themselves. After introductions the design team did presentations on what the set, costumes, props, lights, and sound will be like for the show. We, the dramaturgs, also did a presentation about Mozart's life, masonic themes, enlightment philosophy, and alchemy refereneces that appear in throughout the opera. Lastly, before heading into actual staging work, the front of house teams and stage management went over some housekeeping about programs, tickets, rehearsal times, and more, making everyone officially ready to get to work. Now the cast and creative team finally can start the process of getting the opera on its feet (literally).The next few weeks will be spent working on character's relationships to eachother, their intentions, making scenes flow, and obviously, blocking the movements within each specific scene.

   Everyone is thrilled to get started and nervous, but excited to think that we open in just under one month's time. (Don't forget you grab your tickets before they're gone!)

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     Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is one of the most creative, prolific, and influential composers of all time. Born in Salzburg, Austria in 1756, Mozart showed promise as a musician from an early age. His father, Leopold, was a musician and began teaching Mozart piano very early on. Mozart began writing music when he was only five years old and would go on to write over 600 works in his lifetime. Throughout his early years, Mozart, accompanied by his father, traveled around Europe playing for ambassadors, noblemen, and rulers of many countries. 

     Mozart's first opera Mitridate Re di Ponto was completed in 1770 when Mozart was only fourteen years old. Over the course of his career, Mozart composed 17 operas including: The Marriage of FigaroDon Giovanni, and, of course, The Magic Flute

     After marrying Constanze Weber in 1782, Mozart continued composing and performing. Constanze and Mozart would have six children although only two would survive past infancy. 

     In December of 1784, Mozart was initiated into the "Zur Wohlthӓtigkeit" Masonic lodge in Vienna. Masonic teachings and themes would become substantial influences on Mozart's music. The Magic Flute has been interpreted by many as an opera rich with masonic themes. A future post will discuss masonic themes in The Magic Flute in more depth. 

     The Magic Flute was composed in 1791 and is one of Mozart's better known works. It opened to rave reviews in Vienna and had successful runs in other European cities. Only a few months after the premiere, Mozart became ill. Mozart had had several serious illnesses during his childhood and had been ill on and off throughout his adult life. In December of the same year that The Magic Flute premiered, Mozart died at the age of 35. Despite dying so young, Mozart was able to create an astounding amount of music and has had an incredible amount of influence on all the composers who have come after him. 

If you are interested in learning more about Mozart's life and music, the links below provide excellent information for all ages.


Mozart by Maynard Solomon

The Mozart Project by Steve Boerner



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Drawing of Tamino in The Magic Flute

                   The Magic Flute is a beautiful story of the journey from dark to light, loneliness to love, and naivety to enlightenment. This magnificent opera, composed by Mozart in the year 1791, is flushed with allegories, Masonic themes, enlightenment philosophy, and inspiring storylines about taking control of your own fate and overcoming life’s obstacles.

                In the next few weeks we will do our best to explore and explain these various extremely complex aspects of The Magic Flute, in the hopes that it will both expand your knowledge of the historical importance it holds, as well as the timeless lessons that it can teach all of us.


                Welcome aboard, and be sure to get your tickets before they are gone!


Performances are as follows:


February 22



February 24



February 26* 



February 28



March 1



March 3


 *This performance will be followed by a brief talkback



Your Dramaturgs,

Paula Clarkson and Emma McFarland

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