Southeastern News

Opera Southeastern to present Dido and Aeneas on Oct. 27, 29

DURANT, Okla. – Opera Southeastern, a part of the Department of Music at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, will present Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell on Friday, October 27 (7:30 p.m.) and Sunday, October 29 (3 p.m.). The performances will be in the New Theatre Building, which is  located adjacent to the Southeastern Baseball Field and Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

Dr. Jeremy Blackwood, Director of Opera Southeastern said, “Dido and Aeneas is based on the fourth book of Virgil’s Aeneid that unfolds the tale of the love and despair that Dido experiences through the journey of her love for Aeneas.  This, of course, means that there will be a very dramatic ending.  It’s opera!”

The role of Dido will be performed by Kristen Simpson, a junior from Guthrie, Oklahoma, and Aeneas,  by Carter Owen, a sophomore from Denton, Texas.  Other roles include Belinda, played by Grace Haynes, a senior from Lone Grove, Oklahoma; Allyson Thomas,  as the Attendant, from Durant; Courtney Mile, from Oklahoma City and Samantha Guerrer,  from Denton, Texas, as Witches; and Spirit played by Haley Moore, First Sailor by Iain Nix, and Sorceress, by D. Chance Eubanks from Cleburne, Texas.

Additional cast members include Jordon Palmer of Carrollton, Texas, Brandon Sears of Little Elm, Texas, and David Wright of Broken Bow, Oklahoma.

Dr. Kate Stubbs will serve as the Collaborative Pianist.

General Admission at the door is $7 (cash/check only). Student admission is free with student identification. For more information about this event and the Department of Music, call 580.745.2088.

Opera Southeastern to present performances Oct. 14, 16

DURANT, Okla. – Opera Southeastern, a part of the Department of Music at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, will present two one-act operas on Friday, October 14, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, October 16, at 3 p.m.

Both performances will be held in the Fine Arts Recital Hall. General admission tickets at the door are $7, with student admission free with student ID.

According to  Dr. Jeremy Blackwood, Director of Opera Southeastern, the opera cast will present The Telephone by Gian-Carlo Menotti and Gallantry by Douglas Moore. The Telephone tells the tale of love between Lucy and Ben, played by Grace Haynes, a junior from Lone Grove, Oklahoma,  and Chance Eubanks, a senior from Cleburne, Texas..  Ben desires to tell something very special to Lucy before he leaves on a trip, but is interrupted by the telephone several times.

Gallantry takes place in a television studio where a soap opera and infomercials are being filmed.  The over-the-top drama from the scenes of the “soap opera” are interrupted by the announcer,  who must cut in for an infomercial break.  The cast of Gallantry includes Kristen Simpson, from Stillwater, Oklahoma;   Anna Rose Kelly, a junior from Idabel, Oklahoma, as the Announcer; Chance Eubanks as Dr. Gregg; Grace Haynes as Lola; Jace Caldwell, a senior from Broken Bow, Oklahoma,  as Donald;  and Carter Owen from Denton, Texas, as Billy Boy. Dr. Kate Stubbs will serve as the Collaborative Pianist.

For more information about this event and the Department of Music call 580-745-2088.