IWU School of Music to Present Spring Opera
March 10, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Illinois Wesleyan School of Music will present its spring
opera, Fertile Ground, on Sunday, March 28 at 3 p.m., Tuesday, March 30 and Thursday, April 1 at 8 p.m.,
and Friday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. Performances will take place in Westbrook Auditorium
of Presser Hall (1210 Park St., Bloomington). Tickets, which are only available at
the door, cost $10. Students and IWU faculty will be admitted free of charge.
The production is a joint effort between the IWU School of Music and Prairie Fire
Composed by Illinois Wesleyan Professor of Music David Vayo and book and lyrics written
by alumna Nancy Steele Brokaw class of ‘71, Fertile Ground focuses on the land of Central Illinois and the people who farm it. The show centers
on the lives of Ben and Esther Morrow, a Central Illinois couple who farms the old
family homestead under increasingly difficult conditions.
Robert Mangialardi, who is the director of opera at IWU, is the director and executive
producer of the show. He is also the executive director of Prairie Fire Theatre, which
commissioned the work in 2005.
Under the musical direction of adjunct faculty member and University organist Susan
Klotzbach, the opera will be fully staged with a 14-piece orchestra, as well as a
student cast of 18.
For additional information, contact the School of Music office at (309) 556-3061.
Cast Members: Cassandra Coglianese* and Sarah Kedzie** (Liddie), Stefan Riley (Ben), Suzanne Whitney*
and Emily Hopkins** (Esther), Jonathan Smith (Larry), Brittany Schmutzler* and Hanna
Pristave** (Darleen), Paul Hart Cochran (Gene), Holly Haines (Franny), Matthew L.
Tannenbaum (Merle), Joseph Muriello (Albert), Matt Skibo (Dave), Ryan Woodall (Leland),
Rachel Carreras (Julie), Marissa Jones (Donna Rae), Melissa Adamson (Johnee) and
Meagan Melloy (Melody).
* performing on Sunday, March 28 and Thursday, April 1
** performing on Tuesday, March 30 and Friday, April 2
Contact: Kristin Fields, ’12, (309) 556-3181