The Magic Flute

Under the direction of Jan Wagner The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is a show full of energy and life.  As always we love being able to photograph shows like this that keep the energy up from start to finish.

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From Shenandoah University:

PRESENTED BY VOCAL/CHORAL DIVISION
Friday, April 28 at 7PM
Saturday, April 29 at 7PM
Sunday, April 30 at 2:30PM

Directed by Distinguished Guest Artist Alan Hicks
Music direction by Jan Wagner

Distinguished Guest Artist Alan E. Hicks returns to Shenandoah Conservatory to direct Mozart’s operatic fairy tale The Magic Flute, where Prince Tamino, the Queen of the Night, Pamina, and all of Mozart’s beloved characters get a special MTV-makeover in this unique production that fuses a legendary story with the big and bold backdrop of the 1980s.

Sung in German with English supertitles.

Strobe lights are used during this production. Please contact the Box Office for more details.

Rock me, Amadeus! – A Note from the Director

The 1980s were seminal years in popular music and culture. Every generation has a popular cultural event that defines a decade, but more importantly their viewpoint for that generation. In the 1950s, there was Elvis; the 1960s, protest music and Woodstock; the 1970s, disco and Studio 54; 1990s, Seattle and the grunge scene, and on and on. So, what about the 1980s? What event took hold of culture and music around the world impacting that decade and all that came after?

Reaching my formative years in the 1980s, I spent many weekend nights in front of the television experiencing the answer to that question. On August 1, 1981, the first broadcast of a new television network occurred with the words, “Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll…” followed by the airing of a short film-like presentation called Video killed the radio star. That presentation: a music video. The network: MTV.

For this production of Die Zauberflöte, I drew inspiration from those late nights I spent in front of the television watching the likes of The Eurythmics, Prince, Adam Ant, Debbie Gibson, Depeche Mode, Oingo Boingo, Madonna, etc. and from the visual language of the music videos of that time. I imagined what my dreams may have been had I fallen asleep watching “Sweet dreams are made of this” or “She blinded me with science.”

Die Zauberflöte is a musical fantasy. The video language of MTV in the early 1980s was that of musical fantasy. Our production is Yellow Submarine except instead of the Beatles, Mozart provides the soundtrack, Schikaneder the story, and MTV the backdrop.

– Alan Hicks, Distinguished Guest Artist

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