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- Rosalinda - Varanda Bell
- Adele - Tatiana Trevor
- Eisenstein - Daniel Spivey
- Alfred - Michael Mays
- Dr. Blind - James McClary
- Dr. Falke - Jason Ryan O'Neal
- Frank - Zach Cavan
- Sally - April Manning
- Frosch - Carl St. Goar
- Prince Orlofsky - Alexandra Bryant/Maria Mathes
- Ivan - James McClary
- Chorus - UTC Chamber Singers
The story of Die Fledermaus tells of Dr. Falke’s revenge on his best friend Baron von Eisenstein for an embarrassing practical joke in which he was left passed out drunk overnight in the center of town dressed in a bat costume (thus the title). A Russian Count, Eisenstein’s wife Rosalinda, their house maid, the maid’s ballerina sister, Rosalinda’s ex-lover, and even a jailor are all brought into an elaborate scheme set up by Falke to gain his vengeance. Deception runs amok as everyone pretends to be someone other than who they are at a fancy ball. Rosalinda, posing as a Hungarian Countess, manages to steal her husband’s pocket watch to use as evidence of his philandering with a young actress who is in reality, their house maid. Later at the Jail, everyone manages to end up together again and just as Rosalinda is calling for divorce, Falke shows up to reveal his scheme and claim his revenge complete.
If champagne was music, it would sound like Die Fledermaus. Johann Strauss II, known in his lifetime as “The Waltz King”, put some of his most delightful music into this operetta which he wrote nonstop over a span of forty-two nights. It’s celebrated Overture quotes five of the best tunes from the score and itself has remained a staple of the orchestral repertoire since its creation. The party scene in Act II is often interrupted with surprise guest artists and extra music. An exuberant toast proclaims Champagne the King of all Wines.
Tickets are available from the UTC box office at (423) 425-4269 or at the door. Tickets are $7.00 for general admission and $5.00 for senior citizens. UTC students may receive one free ticket and UTC Faculty/Staff may receive two free tickets with UTC ID. Tickets go on sale March 2, 2009.
For further information contact (423) 425-4601.