Kathy Pryor
University Theatre

KU Theatre to present Puccini's opera 'La Boheme'

Mon, 04/15/2013

LAWRENCE — "La Boheme," composed by Giacomo Puccini with a libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, will be staged in a joint production between the University of Kansas’ University Theatre and the School of Music, and features the KU Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of David Neely. Performances will be 7:30 p.m. April 19, 25 and 27 and at 2:30 p.m. April 21 in the Crafton-Preyer Theatre in Murphy Hall.

Every other year, the theatre department and the School of Music partner to produce an opera. "La Boheme," directed by guest director Linda Ade Brand, will be performed in the original Italian, and subtitles will projected onto the stage. Audience members will also be given a synopsis in their program.

Set in Paris in the 1890s, "La Boheme" tells the tale of a group of starving artists who are passionate about their work and each other. Trying to stay warm as they work, Rodolfo and Marcello, a poet and painter respectively, are interrupted by Benoit, the landlord who has come to collect rent.  They trick him into leaving and Marcello, who is joined by their other friends, Schaunard, and Colline, leaves for the evening to celebrate Christmas Eve. Rodolfo stays behind to finish some writing. There is a knock on the door — it is a neighbor, Mimi, whose candle has gone out. As he prepares to go out for the evening, Mimi invites herself along, and they begin to fall in love. As the year progresses, the group of friends fall in and out of love with each other, working on their art and struggling to survive.

Reserved seat tickets for "La Boheme" are on sale in the KU ticket offices: University Theatre, 864-3982, and Lied Center, 864-ARTS, and online at Tickets are $20 for the public, $19 for senior citizens and KU faculty and staff, and $10 for all students. All major credit cards are accepted.

Members of the cast of La Boheme are listed below by county.  Information includes the student’s name, class, major, parents’ names, school, and role.


From Hiawatha

            Emily Charles, master’s student, voice, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles, Hiawatha High School, chorus


From Augusta

            Josh Mackley, doctoral student, voice, son of Galen and Paula Mackley, Camdenton High School, Marcello

From Douglas

            Ashleigh Sizemore, freshman, voice, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Sizemore, Douglas High School, chorus


From Lawrence

            Rosaleen Amante, junior, music education, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Des Amante, Garden City High School, chorus

             Joseph Carr, senior, theatre and voice, son of Timothy and Margaret Carr, Lawrence High School, chorus

            Hannah Au Yeong, Hillcrest Elementary School, Urchin           

            Savanah Amnotte, daughter of Sherry Amnotte

            Michael Austin, master’s student, opera, son of Michael P. Austin and Natalie Wheeler, Lawrence High School, Schaunard

            Sarah Bodle, senior, voice, daughter of Cheryl Wagner, Lawrence High School, chorus

            Helen Gent, junior, voice, daughter of Bob Gent and Ginny Love, Lawrence High School, chorus

 Nicole Burkhart, sophomore, voice, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leland Burkhart, Lawrence High School, Mother/Millie Maid

Benjamin Cleveland, doctoral student, voice, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Cleveland, Rudolpho

Katelyn Meyer, sophomore, voice, daughter of Janney Meyer, Lawrence High School, Seamstress

Bokhee Min, master’s student, voice, chorus

           Suzy Chun, daughter of Peter and Soyoun Chun, West Middle School, chorus

           Katherine Dick, junior, voice, daughter of Keith and Jeannette Dick, Free State High School, Adult Coro

           Julia Geisler, master’s student, opera, chorus

           Maggie Hires, senior, voice, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Hires, Vista Ridge High School, chorus

           Julia Rose Johnson, daughter of Troy and Cynthia Johnson, Deerfield Elementary,

           Caitlin Laird, freshman, voice, daughter of Paul and Joy Laird, Free State High School, chorus

           Allison Lewis, senior, voice, daughter of Colleen Lewis, Free State High School, chorus


From Hays

            Catherine Dowling, Master’s student, voice, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Dowling, Thomas More Prep-Marian High School, Musetta


From Olathe

            Elaina Smith, junior, theatre and voice, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Smith, Olathe North High School, chorus

From Leawood

            John Meyer, sophomore, voice, son of Mary McCarthy, Shawnee Mission East High High School, Benoit, Alcindoro, Sergente

From Overland Park

            Juan Gonzalez, freshman, voice, son of Carlos and Luz Gonzales, Blue Valley North High School, chorus

From Shawnee

            Cassie Banion, master’s student, voice, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ron Freyermuth, Shawnee Mission Northwest, Musetta


            Joe Winas, master’s student, opera, Leavenworth High School, Doganiere


From Gorham

            Blane Brungardt, freshman, theatre and voice, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Brungardt, Victoria High School, chorus

           Out-of-state cast:


            Jake Thede, sophomore, voice, son of Dale and Kim Thede, Urbandale High School, chorus


            Kristen Larsen, freshman, theatre and voice, daughter of Mark and Diana Larsen, Christian Life High School, chorus

            Brad Walker, master’s student, opera, son of David and Joanne Walker, Lake Zurich High School, Colline


            James R. Davidson, doctoral student, conducting, son of Bill and Pixie Davidson, Mehluille Senior High School, assistant conductor/chorus master

            Elizabeth Ernst, sophomore, music therapy, daughter of Lee and Lisa Ernst, Pembroke Hill High School, chorus


            Ashley Benes, master’s student, opera, daughter of Mark and Mary Benes, Broken Arrow Senior High School, Mimi


            Kristin Newbegin, master’s student, opera, daughter of Mark Olson, DeForest High School, Mimi.


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