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U.B.C. Opera Theatre presents The three penny opera by Kurt Weill with Martha Hatala as Jenny Hatala, Wendy Martha 1994-02-25

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U.B.C. OPERA THEATREPRESENTSTHE THREE PENNYOPERAbyKURT WEILLwithWENDY MARTHA HATALAasJENNYB.Mus.,Wilfrid Laurier University,1992A THESIS SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENTOFTHE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREEOFMASTER OF MUSICinTHE FACULTY OF GRADUATE STUDIES(School of Music)We accept this thesis as conformingto the req red standardTHE UNIVERSITY OF BRITIf4çc1ILTJMBIAApril 1994In presenting this thesisin partial fulfilmentof the requirementsfor an advanceddegree at the Universityof British Columbia,I agree that theLibrary shall make itfreely available for referenceand study. I furtheragree that permissionfor extensivecopying of this thesisfor scholarly purposesmay be granted bythe head of mydepartment or byhis or her representatives.It is understoodthat copying orpublication ofthis thesis for financialgain shall not beallowed withoutmy writtenpermission.____________________________Department ofNThe University of BritishColumbiaVancouver, CanadaDate______________DE-6 (2)88)qPlittnn’rDfIfl50C1fl[. SflTItbYqcui vtiii{TOLTP{(NT-4qIl[ fl[tP[flfl1 OPWA- ,W[lfl. cUOUST 31ST.192ôUSI( - UTcWtIIIqtXT - tQTO1T Qt(flTEnglishtranslation by MichaelFeingold.Used by arrangementwith European Americanv1usic Corporation- agent for the KurtWeill Foundationfor Music Inc., andagent for Stefan Rrecht.cut 5f111110 cut S.UPhiD WATWWOflT AQf115 01 0flDOfl.pOtOcJutA street in SohoCT 1:Peachum’s beggars’outfit shopAn empty stablePeachum’s shop- 9flT[IISSIOfl-<PCI 2 The stableInterlude -a streetA house ofprostitutionThe cells at the Old Bailey- 9flTtPIISSIOfl -<PCI .5, Peachum’sshopInterludeThe Old BaileyDIRECTORS NOTESTHE THREEPENNY OPERA by Kurt Weill andBertolt Brecht was written and first performed in Berlinin1928. The work is a satire and a polemic against poverty, andthe exploitation ofthe powerless.The work is based on John Gay’s “The Beggars’Opera” - an opera which was immensely popular in London atthe beginning of the 18th Century. The playwrite, BertoltBrecht, took the story of Lodon’s criminal underworld, andupdated it to mirror the social and political stateof 1920’sGermany and Europe.The story takes place in London, in the time of thecoronation of the new Queen Victoria. The setting is the eastside 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, whomarries Polly Peachum, daughter of one Jonathan JercmahPcachum. She is quite possibly his third wife, although’hc hasnot divorced any previous “wives”. Mr. Peachum provides ttebeggars of London with begging licenses and suitable clothingin return for a large percentage of their takings. A murderousand bigamous gangster is his last idea ofa 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 manbut he visits Jenny and the other prostitutes at their brothel,where he is turned over to the police. Macheath escapes fromhis cell at the Old Bailey and Peachum is reduced toblackmailing “Tiger” Brown into arresting Macheath.Peachum will send thousands of beggars to disrupt thecoronation 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 endwith his death.PODUCHOflStage Director & DesignCoflce1)t. Alison GreeneMusic DirectorRichardEppCostume DesignAudrey TysonLighting DesignOwen SchellenbergerFightChoreographerMichael ChallenorTechnical DirectorGerald van der WoudeStage ManagementIfanne Lena Dalgliesh1\ssistant Stage DirectorVeera Khareqtit (nsiMacheath - a gangster known as Mac the KnifeChristopher .TohnsonMr. Peachum - the Beggars’ FriendReid SpencerPolly Peachum - his daughterJulie Stobbc’Roslyn Oslx)rnetMrs. Peachum - his wifeKim RoederJenny - a prostituteWendy Halala’KarenYdenbergt“Tiger” Brown - London’s police chiefDavid DoubledayLucy - his daughterDeanna J4edersonVeeraKharetThe StreetsingerDavid Fankhauscr’Ronnie OlundtFilch - a recent addition to beggaryDavidJ:ankhaurtRonnie Olund’l’he Reverend KimballDavid FankhauserMalt ofthe Mint - the gang leaderMichael ChallenorCrook-FingerJacob - a reliable criminalRay StothersSawtooth Bob - a petty thiefRichard Righy‘allythe Weeper - a very young criminalDeborahNevilleSergeant Smith RichardRigbyA young constable DeborahNeville(IIOUS 01 ficifiPS flflD 0STITUTtStIelissa Bruce, Gina Oh, Louiselate, Michael Challenor, Ray Stothers,Richard Righy,l)cborah Neville, Julie Stobbet, RoslynOsborne, Wendy Hatala’,Karen Ydenberg,Deanna Hendersont,Veera Khare.Performance dates: March 15 & 18Performance dates: March 16 & 1941CKflOW[fDJ[f[nTsSherry MimeIan PrattKen HollandsRosernarje HeseltineArts Club CostumeDepartmentPaul AgnishValerie PuseyTed GreeneKatie Spencer

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