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March 4, 2022

K-State Theatre and Opera presents 'The Elixir of Love' March 4-6

Submitted by Jerry Jay Cranford

K-State Theatre and Opera presents "Elisir d'Amore (The Elixir of Love)" by Gaetano Donizetti — translated by Ruth and Thomas Martin — in McCain Auditorium March 4-6. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m., with tickets available at k-state.edu/mtd/theatre/.

This production, sung in English, is set in America during the 1950s, taking place at Adina's Diner and park area. Adina works at the diner with her good friend Giannetta. The car mechanic Nemorino is hopelessly in love with Adina. Adina reads the story of Tristan and Isolde about a magical love potion causing Nemorino to wish that he had such an elixir to capture her affections. As fate would have it, a passing stranger, Sergeant Belcore, comes to town and immediately wins the heart of Adina. A traveling quack doctor, Dr. Dulcamara, also arrives in town and sells Nemorino a fake love elixir that is only a cheap Bordeaux. After many twists, Adina realizes that she is in love with Nemorino. The townspeople celebrate while Dulcamara leaves town believing his love potion possesses special powers.

Director — Reginald Pittman
Music director/conductor — Paul Hunt
Scenic designer — Kathy Voecks
Costume designer — Dana Pinkston
Lighting designer — Brenn Lies
Sound designer — Chris Reardon
Technical director — Ben Stark
Stage manager — Logan Peralez
Props master — Ann Stegman
Scene shop supervisor — George Wame Matthews

Adina, a wealthy landowner — Payton Boldt
Nemorino (March 5), a peasant — Ryan Hernandez
Nemorino (March 4 and 6), a peasant — Matthew Robison
Sergeant Belcore — Oliver Hutchison
Giannetta, Adina's friend — Masie Dulitz
Dr. Dulcamora, a sham-doctor — Ryan Teer
Ensemble — Brahm Berry, Josh Childs, Emma Curry, Elijah Fontanez, Terran Homburg, Emma Iacovella, Ethan Irons, Emma Lansdowne, Emily Moore, Paige Padgett, Michael Pierce, Andrew Scrivner, Francis Sheehan, Catherine Stagner, Sarrah Sultz and Walter Wright.

Violin 1 — Ryan Keith, Zachary Terrell and Kaitlyn Jones
Violin 2 — Bridget O'Neill, Ashley Griffin and Kael Pavlik
Viola — Blake Modean, Britain Modean and Julia Rossillon
Cello — Abby Mason, Matthew Iungerich and Mikaela Lange
Bass — Brayden Smith
Oboe — Briele Vollmuth and Lily Linville
Flute — Kristen Schrag
Piccolo — Jenna Dominguez
Clarinet — Audrey Farrell and Mark Ahlman
Bassoon — Rachel Woodbury and Hannah Sullivan
Horn — Braeden Jones and Katie Kimmel
Trumpet — Caleb Niehoff and Kyle Grimes
Trombone — Alesha Bergner, Blake Davis and William Osorio
(Bass) Percussion — Nathan Smith and Brandon Wells
Keyboard/rehearsal accompanists — Songhwa Chae, Norma Roozeboom and Alicia Willard