Clayton State Opera Presents Ruddigore, or The Witch’s Curse

The 2013 production of the Clayton State Opera, Ruddigore, or The Witch’s Curse, Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic parody of the Victorian gothic romance novel, opens in the University’s Spivey Hall on Friday, Apr. 5, with a 7:30 p.m. performance. A second performance is scheduled for Saturday, Apr. 6, also in Spivey Hall at 7:30 p.m.

Ruddigore, or The Witch’s Curse is conducted by Dr. Richard Bell, with choreographer Kathleen Kelly, and presented by the Clayton State Department of Visual and Performing Arts/Division of Music. Admission is $10 for adults, and $5 for students. Clayton State faculty, staff, and students are free with their Laker Card.

According to Dr. Kurt-Alexander Zeller, coordinator of the Music Division, Ruddigore, or The Witch’s Curse features a beautiful orphaned heroine, a shy suitor with a secret, a sailor whose heart isn’t quite as golden as it appears, a lovelorn girl driven to madness, a wicked baronet, a family curse, a haunted ancestral manor and all the other elements of a brooding story by Brontë or Poe or Stoker are turned topsy-turvy by the sharp wit of Gilbert and the effervescent music of Sullivan. Menace becomes hilarity, wrongs are righted, and even the ancestral specter gets to live happily ever after. Obviously, a dream made real.

A unit of the University System of Georgia where dreams are made real, Clayton State University is located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.


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