Inside Iowa State
October 23, 1998
ISU Theatre musical opens Nov. 6
by Anne Dolan
Up next on ISU Theatre's fall schedule is six performances over two weekends of A Little Night Music, a stage adaptation of the 1955 Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of a Summer Night.
The project actually is a collaboration of three ISU performing arts programs. Joining ISU Theatre is the music department and the dance program.
The story takes place over a weekend at a country estate of the privileged in turn-of-the-century Sweden, and deals with romantic jousting and the illusions and disillusions of love. It centers on the middle-aged Fredrik Egerman; his new teenage bride, Anne; his former mistress, Desiree Armfeldt; and other rivals, and involves a juggling of amorous relationships.
The Broadway performance of A Little Night Music won six Tony awards in 1973, including one for Stephen Sondheim's musical score. Songs from the play include Send in the Clowns and The Sun Won't Set.
Associate theater professor Jane Cox is directing the musical. Associate music professor Janet Alcorn is the musical director and plays the role of Desiree Armfeldt. Assistant dance professor Janice Baker is coordinating choreography and guest designer Jared Leese, New York City, is designing the costumes.
Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6, 7, 13 and 14, and at 2 p.m. Nov. 8 and 15. All shows are in Fisher Theater. Tickets are $12 ($6.50 for students).
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