Music and Theater Department at U of M, Crookston to present "An Opera and a Comedy" on Sat. and Sun., November 21-22, 2009; Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium

The University of Minnesota, Crookston Music and Theater Department is presenting "An Opera and a Comedy" on Saturday and Sunday, November 21-22, 2009. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium on the U of M, Crookston campus.  The one-act opera is Bastien and Bastienne by Mozart and the two-scene play is "Suppressed Desires" by Susan Glaspell.  The entire production, with a short intermission, will be 90 minutes in length.  Admission at the door is $5 for adults, $3 for students, with U of M, Crookston students admitted free with their student ID.
In the opera, two young sweethearts, Bastien and Bastienne, are having a lover's quarrel when Mr. Colas arrives in an attempt to bring them back together.  Colas mixes up a "magic potion" to hopefully give Bastien the courage to approach Bastienne.  All ends well with the three singing a joyous trio at the end. Bastienne is played by Emily Nelsen, a sophmore from Atwater, Minn.; Bastien is played by Won Man Lee a sophomore from Seoul, South Korea; and Colas is played by Dan Kuske, a sophomore from Belle Plaine, Minn.

In "Suppressed Desires", Henrietta is convinced that everything in life can be explained through psycho-analysis.  Her sister, Mabel, arrives for a visit, and is "analyzed" to the extent that she believes leaving her husband is better than going to the insane asylum.  Henrietta's husband, Steve, steps in to try to make some sense out of the madness.  The part of Henrietta is played by Bethany Jenkins, a freshman from Grand Forks, N.D.;  Mabel  is performed by Kristina Selzer, a sophomore from Rising Fawn, Ga.; and Steve is played by Dan LeTourneau, a senior from White Bear Lake, Minn.  All cast members are U of M, Crookston students.

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Contact: George French, associate professor, 218-281-8266, (; Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (