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A Game of Chance
- First Knitter - Sarah Trotter
- Second Knitter - Melody Dale
- Third Knitter - Maria Mathes
- The Representative - Zach Cavan
A Hand of Bridge
- David - Josh Adams
- Geraldine - Sarah Marczynski
- Bill - Justin Hipp
- Sally - Varanda Bell
- Aunt Sue - Alex Bryant
- Jess - Jason O'Neal
- Sadie - Laura Marshall
- Micah - Justin Hipp
Seymour Barab's one act, A Game of Chance tells of how the Representative, the eternal messenger of fate, brings to each of three young women her dearest wish: one would like to be wealthy, one would like to be famous, and one would like to have a lover in her life. Each discovers she has not asked for enough: the rich woman misses real friends, the famous author yearns for love, and the third young woman finds marriage a tedious chore. Even the Representative is dissatisfied with his life; he needs an assistant to help him with his tough job. The moral of this comic opera: we all want too much or too little.
In Samuel Barber's opera, A Hand of Bridge, we are party to the innermost thoughts of four card-players as what seems to be at first a joke takes on ominous overtones. Geraldine laments not loving her now-dying mother while she was still well. Sally recalls a hat she saw in a shop window earlier in the day. Bill, the lawyer, recalls a former lover and wonders where she is now. Finally, David fantasizes about what he would do if he were as rich as his boss "Mr. Pritchett."
Floyd’s first opera Slow Dusk is a simple, powerful story set in the sand hills of the Carolinas amidst poverty and low-keyed religious fanaticism. The story unfolds around the tragedy of a May afternoon, which alters the course of a young girl’s life. Aunt Sue, a rough-hewn woman of middle age, opposes the marriage of her niece Sadie to Micah Hatfield, who lives across the pond and who belongs to the Truelights, a different religious sect than the Disciples, to which Sue’s family subscribes. Sue painfully and patiently gives her niece her reasons for opposing the marriage. Music marks the passing of time from late afternoon until dusk, and in the evening, Sue reports to Sadie that Micah has drowned during the day while fishing. Jess, Sadie’s brother, consoles his aunt who feels guilty from her sense of complicity. Sadie vows fidelity to Micah’s memory, mourning the emptiness of her life without him.
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 October 19. The box office is open from 10:00-4:00, Monday through Friday.
The UTC Opera Theater was directed by former UTC Assistant Professor Ronald Ulen. These performances were performed with piano accompaniment by Tim Hinck, Musical Director.
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