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U.B.C. Opera Theatre presents The three penny opera by Kurt Weill with Martha Hatala as Jenny 1994

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U.B.C. OPERA THEATRE PRESENTS THE THREE PENNY OPERA by KURT WEILL with WENDY MARTHA HATALA as JENNY B.Mus.,Wilfrid Laurier University, 1992 A THESIS SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF MUSIC in THE FACULTY OF GRADUATE STUDIES (School of Music) We accept this thesis as conforming to the req red standard THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITIf4çc1ILTJMBIA April 1994 In presenting this thesis in partial fulfilment of the requirements for an advanced degree at the University of British Columbia, I agree that the Library shall make it freely available for reference and study. I further agree that permission for extensive copying of this thesis for scholarly purposes may be granted by the head of my department or by his or her representatives. It is understood that copying or publication of this thesis for financial gain shall not be allowed without my written permission. ____________________________ Department of N The University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada Date ____ ____ ____ __ DE-6 (2)88) q P lit tnn’r DfIfl 50C1fl[. SflTIt bY qcui vtiii {TOLT P{(NT -4 qIl[ fl[tP[flfl1 OPWA - ,W[lfl. cUOUST 31ST. 192ô USI( - UT cWtIII qtXT - tQTO1T Qt(flT English translation by Michael Feingold. Used by arrangement with European American v1usic Corporation - agent for the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music Inc., and agent for Stefan Rrecht. cut 5f111110 cut S.UP hiD WATWWOflT AQf 115 01 0flDOfl. pOtOcJut A street in Soho CT 1: Peachum’s beggars’ outfit shop An empty stable Peachum’s shop - 9flT[IISSIOfl - <PCI 2 The stable Interlude -a street A house of prostitution The cells at the Old Bailey - 9flTtPIISSIOfl - <PCI .5, Peachum’s shop Interlude The Old Bailey DIRECTORS NOTES THE THREEPENNY OPERA by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht was written and first performed in Berlin in 1928. The work is a satire and a polemic against poverty, and the exploitation of the powerless. The work is based on John Gay’s “The Beggars’ Opera” - an opera which was immensely popular in London at the beginning of the 18th Century. The playwrite, Bertolt Brecht, took the story of Lodon’s criminal underworld, and updated it to mirror the social and political state of 1920’s Germany and Europe. The story takes place in London, in the time of the coronation of the new Queen Victoria. The setting is the east side slum areas of the city and the characters are the gangsters, beggars, and prostitutes that frequent the area. The story centers around the gangster Macheath, who marries Polly Peachum, daughter of one Jonathan Jercmah Pcachum. She is quite possibly his third wife, although’hc has not divorced any previous “wives”. Mr. Peachum provides tte beggars of London with begging licenses and suitable clothing in return for a large percentage of their takings. A murderous and bigamous gangster is his last idea of a son-in-law. In spite of Macheath’s firm friendship with “Tiger” Brown, London’s police chief. Peachum conspires with Jenny, a prostitute, to have him arrested. Macheath is a hunted man but he visits Jenny and the other prostitutes at their brothel, where he is turned over to the police. Macheath escapes from his cell at the Old Bailey and Peachum is reduced to blackmailing “Tiger” Brown into arresting Macheath. Peachum will send thousands of beggars to disrupt the coronation if Macheath is not caught and hanged. Macheath is arrested and is taken to the scaffold. But, because this is an opera and not real life, the story does not end with his death. PODUCHOfl Stage Director & Design Coflce1)t . Alison Greene Music Director Richard Epp Costume Design Audrey Tyson Lighting Design Owen Schellenberger Fight Choreographer Michael Challenor Technical Director Gerald van der Woude Stage Management Ifanne Lena Dalgliesh 1\ssistant Stage Director Veera Khare qtit (nsi Macheath - a gangster known as Mac the Knife Christopher .Tohnson Mr. Peachum - the Beggars’ Friend Reid Spencer Polly Peachum - his daughter Julie Stobbc’ Roslyn Oslx)rne Mrs. Peachum - his wife Kim Roeder Jenny - a prostitute Wendy Halala’ Karen Ydenbergt “Tiger” Brown - London’s police chief David Doubleday Lucy - his daughter Deanna J4ederson Veera Kharet The Streetsinger David Fankhauscr’ Ronnie Olundt Filch - a recent addition to beggary David J:ankhaurt Ronnie Olund’ l’he Reverend Kimball David Fankhauser Malt of the Mint - the gang leader Michael Challenor Crook-Finger Jacob - a reliable criminal Ray Stothers Sawtooth Bob - a petty thief Richard Righy ‘ally the Weeper - a very young criminal Deborah Neville Sergeant Smith Richard Rigby A young constable Deborah Neville (IIOUS 01 ficifiPS flflD 0STITUTtS tIelissa Bruce, Gina Oh, Louise late, Michael Challenor, Ray Stothers, Richard Righy, l)cborah Neville, Julie Stobbet, Roslyn Osborne, Wendy Hatala’, Karen Ydenberg, Deanna Hendersont,Veera Khare. Performance dates: March 15 & 18 Performance dates: March 16 & 19 41CKflOW[fDJ[f[nTs Sherry Mime Ian Pratt Ken Hollands Rosernarje Heseltine Arts Club Costume Department Paul Agnish Valerie Pusey Ted Greene Katie Spencer


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