Opera is for everyone!

“Like, a bat?”

“Uh, yeah, like a bat- THE Bat!”

So, I have to say that I am pretty impressed that a large amount of people I have talked to seem to know that Die Fledermaus translates to “The Bat.” Not something I knew off the top of my head! In fact, I’d never even heard of the word, or its namesake Opera, before being cast in the UVU production. But after a semester’s worth of effort, I am so excited to have the chance to perform it for an audience!

Many people, especially those in my demographic, view opera as a haughty, moth-eaten art form that died long before video killed the radio star. I implore those in that camp to actually go and see a local production! Die Fledermaus, particularly in its more accessible English translation, would be a wonderful starting point. The shenanigans and string-pulling done by the characters attempting to fool and prank one another leave any audience full of laughter. There is also a cultural relevance, as the show has many moments of harassment that echo the #MeToo stories being told worldwide. Even a comedy has some poignant things to say about modern society!

My castmates and I had a blast learning dialogue, rehearsing dance steps, and laughing at the pure silliness of the show throughout last semester. As a transfer student coming from the midwest, I was amazed by how welcomed I was by the faculty and students. Some of my closest friends are people I met working on this show. What really helped me to succeed during our rehearsals was to just be as absolutely shameless as possible. My character, Eisenstein, is completely foolish and has plenty of opportunity to put his stupidity on display. I worked hard to be as goofy as possible, and those that have watched me practice will tell you I was never lacking enthusiasm! It really is such a treat to be performing with a talented group of students like myself.