JBU Music Department Presents Spring Scenes Production

Siloam Springs, Ark (April 14, 2003) - The John Brown University Music Department will present a program of knee-slapping hilarity in its Spring Scenes production April 24 and 25 at 8:00 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Ozarks on the JBU Campus. The program will include scenes from Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance and P. D. Q. Bach's Dramatic Oratorio Oedipus Tex performed by the JBU Opera Workshop, as well as several humorous pieces played by the Instrumental Ensemble.

The Instrumental Ensemble’s pieces include two works by P. D. Q Bach, who is the creation of musicologist Peter Schickele. His music often parodies various historical works and styles, and features unusual instruments of his own invention and/or common instruments used in unusual ways.

The Pirates of Penzance is well known as a satire on late Victorian British society, exploring the concept of devotion to duty by carrying it to ridiculous lengths. The cast will include Derek Smith as the Pirate King, Eric Baird as the Major-General, Matt Dromi as the young Frederic, Liesl Mindeman as Mabel, and Jennifer Vandergrift as Ruth.

Oedipus Tex is a wacky western take-off on the Greek tragedy Oedipus Rex. Senior Matt Haney will sing the title role of Oedipus; senior Jennifer Vandergrift will sing Billie Jo Casta , his wife/mother; junior Un-So Park will play the shepherdess/soothsayer Madame Peep, and junior Caleb Bafford will be the Narrator. In addition to the soloists, Oedipus Tex features chorus, piano, percussion, and French horn (played in varying stages of completion).

All tickets are $2.00 and can be purchased at the door, or reserved by calling 524-7382. John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of more than 1,700 students from 42 states and 45 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. ###

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