Music, Theatre Departments Present ‘The Threepenny Opera’
The infamous antihero “Mack the Knife” is on the prowl again.
The Alma College Music Department presents a revival production of the 1954 American box office smash, “The Threepenny Opera,” at 8 p.m. Monday, May 21 through Wednesday, May 23 in the Remick Heritage Center Fixed-Form Theatre.
Director Jonathon Musser and musical director Murray Gross will highlight the collective talents of students from Alma College’s music and theatre departments in the three-night production.
Tickets are $10 for adults and free for Alma College faculty, staff and students and youth 18 and under. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information. The play contains adult language and sexual situations.
“The Threepenny Opera” is set within the slimy underbelly of the Soho district in London, 1837, amidst a population of dire poverty, violent crime and political corruption. The story lampoons social conditions at the time of Queen Victoria’s coronation, centering around “Macheath Messer,” A.K.A. “Mack the Knife,” a dashing young bandit with a fierce passion for bourgeois power and an unending hunger for the taste of women.
Macheath, a fierce womanizer posing as the “last gentleman left in London,” sets out to marry young Polly Peachum, the under-aged daughter of Mr. Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum, despite the fact that Macheath already claims two wives.
Mr. Peachum, the uncrowned king of London’s beggars, catches word of Polly’s marriage and vows to destroy Macheath for stealing his most precious piece of property. Mrs. Peachum joins the fight, and after forcing alliances with London’s beggars and prostitutes, begins the chase to have Macheath arrested and sent to the gallows. By the end of the play, enemies and allies alike crowd the dirty London streets, awaiting the public death of the infamous Mack the Knife.
“’The Threepenny Opera’ was Bertolt Brecht’s first and greatest commercial success, and to this day remains one of his best loved and most performed plays,” said Musser. “With Kurt Weill’s music, which was one of the earliest and most successful attempts to introduce jazz into the theatre, the play became a popular hit throughout the entire world.”
Funding for the campus production is provided in part by The Loraine and Melinese Reuter Foundation, through the Comerica Charitable Services Group.
Posted: Tue, May 15th, 2007 at 8:10AM