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KU Theatre to present Puccini's Opera

Friday, April 5, 2013

LAWRENCE, KS —La Bohéme, 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’s University Theatre and the School of Music, and features the KU Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of David Neely.  Performances will be April 19, 25, 27 at 7:30 p.m. and on April 21 at 2:30 p.m. 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 Bohéme, 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 Bohéme 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 Bohéme are on sale in the KU ticket offices: University Theatre, 864-3982, and Lied Center, 864-ARTS, and online at www.kutheatre.com. 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.

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