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Claflin University Lyric Theatre Ensemble to Present Opera Cinema “Gianni Schicchi” Feb. 28-March 1

Feb 29, 2012


The Claflin University Lyric Theatre Ensemble will present an innovative take on Giacomo's Puccini's “Gianni Schicchi” with an Opera Cinema Feb. 28-March 1.

“We invite the Claflin student body and the community to join us for this exciting take on a classic opera,” said Dr. Lori Hicks, assistant professor of voice and opera. “Our students' performance in this opera will be interesting and fun for the audience.”

The opera chronicles the story of a rich family whose patriarch dies and leaves all his money to monks. When the family tries to manipulate the will with the help of Gianni Schicchi, hilarity ensues.

Hicks said the audience will view a cinematic presentation of the production sung in Italian with English subtitles. While the production is being played on a large screen, students will perform the parts on stage in silent movie style acting while being accompanied by a student orchestra.

The student production will be on campus for two days, Feb. 28 and 29, at the W.V. Middleton Fine Arts Center at 7 p.m. On March 1, the comedy moves to Stevenson Auditorium, located at 979 Middleton St. in Orangeburg, also starting at 7 p.m. All performances are free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Hicks, assistant professor of voice and opera, by phone at (803) 535-5605 or by e-mail at

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