News Release


6 p.m., dinner and opera

7 p.m., two after-dinner operas

Friday & Saturday, April 20-21, 2012

Manchester Church of the Brethren

Feast on this: Three engaging, fun

operas for the whole family,

a la Manchester College

Manchester College is bringing a feast of three fanciful operas and food to North Manchester Friday and Saturday, April 20-21.

“Feast and Fantasy” is kid-friendly, lighthearted and comical, promises David Moan, who will direct Hänsel and Gretel, one of two after-dinner operas. “The music is complex, but it’s easy to follow because it all tells a story.” The College is sharing the Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 Beckley St., for the operatic dinner theatre experience.

The evening of opera begins with a 6 p.m. spaghetti dinner and the Baroque comedy La Serva Padrona by Pergolesi. Reservations are necessary for the dinner performance; the $15 ticket includes two more short operas that begin at 7 p.m.

After-dinner guests are in for a treat, too, with Hänsel and Gretel by Humperdinck and Help, Help, The Globolinks! by Menotti. Tickets for the two after-dinner performances are $5, available at the door. Please arrive at the church by 7 p.m.

Reserve seats at the dinner tables online here, from the Manchester home page at or call the Music Department office, 260-982-5426. “Feast and Fantasy” is a fundraiser for the A Cappella Choir, which heads for New York City in late May for its annual music tour.

The short dinner production, La Serva Padrona, has lots of audience interaction, “so guests should not be surprised to find an opera singer sitting briefly at their table or folding a basket of laundry nearby,” says Debra Lynn, chair of the Music Department and director of the other two operas.

Hänsel and Gretel offers a twist to the familiar story: Director Moan has set the production as a live marionette show.

Help, Help, The Globolinks! is a bizarre opera about aliens, their potential student captives and budget cuts to school music programs. Many of the characters are modeled after people who are famous or well-known in the community.

“Feast and Fantasy” is a perfect introduction to opera and for anyone who enjoys music, says Moan, who has performed leads for Manchester as student and alumnus. “This, of all the years we’ve done opera, is the most accessible because of the choice of repertoire,” he says. “It’s not like going to the Met, where the music is given to you. Here, you experience it for yourself.”

The casts

La Serva Padrona
Uberto: Alex Drew, baritone, senior music major from Howell, Mich.

Serpina: Najah Monroe, soprano, senior music major from South Bend, Ind.
Vespone: Jeremy Walters, mute, sophomore political science major from North Manchester, Ind.
Stage and Music Director: Debra Lynn, chair of Music Department

Hänsel & Gretel – Acts II and III
Hansel: Janelle Jacowski, mezzo-soprano, MC residence hall director
Gretel: Nikki Glassley, soprano, senior English major from Westville, Ind.
The Witch: Kaylee Hawley, mezzo-soprano, senior history major from Winchester, Ind.
The Sleep-Fairy: Angelina Jung, mezzo-soprano, sophomore music major from Plymouth, Ind.
The Dew-Fairy: Erika Reffitt, soprano, first-year music major from Twelve Mile, Ind.
Stage and Music Director: David Moan, adjunct instructor of music and 2009 MC music graduate

Help, Help, The Globolinks!
Emily: Emily Lynn, soprano, Manchester High School student
Madame Euterpova, music teacher: Haleigh Mann, soprano, first-year music education major from Wabash, Ind.
Principal Stone: Jeremy Walters, high baritone
Tony, bus driver: Brock Ireland, baritone, first-year music education major from Wabash, Ind.
Timothy, custodian: Andy Miller, tenor, sophomore peace studies major from Elgin, Ill.
Mrs. Newkirk, geometry teacher: Katherine Haff, mezzo-soprano, MC staff accountant and 2009 MC graduate
Coach Marathon, P.E. teacher: Gabe Hoagland, baritone, Manchester High School student
Mr. Lavender-Gas, literature teacher: Tarek Al-Zoughbi, baritone, first-year biology-chemistry major from South Bend, Ind.
Dr. Turlespit, science teacher: Chris Teeters, baritone/bass, senior music education major from Fort Wayne, Ind.
Benjamin: Miriam Zielinski, alto, sophomore music education major from South Bend, Ind.
Sally: Katy Dunlap, alto, senior psychology major from Saint John, Ind.
Amy: Angelina Jung, alto
Michael: Emilie Hunt, soprano, sophomore accounting major from Springboro, Ohio
Wilbur: Cassandra Whitaker, soprano, senior music major from Beavercreek, Ohio
Leslie: Ashley Dobrzykowski, alto, first-year psychology major from Goshen, Ind.
Harper: Marjan Boogert, alto, MC assistant professor of history
Francis: Carrie Waits, alto, senior environmental studies major from Goshen, Ind.
Syrus: Erika Reffitt
Joshua: Darcy Robins, alto, junior sociology major from Huntertown, Ind.
Stage and Music Director: Debra Lynn

April 2012

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