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OCU Presents Comic Strauss Operetta "Die Fledermaus"
A masquerade, mistaken identity, laughter and revenge are hallmarks of the Nov. 20-22 Oklahoma City University production of “Die Fledermaus.” The three-act comic operetta by Johann Strauss II, Vienna’s waltz king, will be performed in English. “Die Fledermaus” (“The Bat,” in German) marks the OCU directorial debut of Karen Coe Miller, newly appointed assistant director of OCU's Oklahoma Opera and Music Theater Company. The show, one of the top 20 most popular operas in North America, celebrates and satirizes the wealthy, pleasure-seeking bourgeoisie of 19th-century Austria. "This effervescent comedy is full of disguises, misunderstandings, and beautiful melodies composed by the king of waltz," Miller said. "Give your holiday season a rousing start with this ever-popular operetta!” Three performances will be held the weekend before Thanksgiving: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a 3 p.m. matinee Sunday in Kirkpatrick Auditorium on the OCU campus, 2501 N. Blackwelder. Tickets ($12-$25) available from (405) 208-5227. Miller will give a free director’s talk 45 minutes before each show. An opening night dinner in the Atrium of the Bass Music Center will begin at 6:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20. For reservations ($20), contact the ticket office at (405) 208-5227. The opera takes its name from the bat costume worn by Dr. Falke to a ball he attended with his friend, the Baron von Eisenstein. After the ball, the baron leaves him in the street in a drunken stupor. “But revenge is sweet!” said Miller, describing the show's plot twist. “Falke sets chaos in motion when he arranges an elaborate practical joke to get even." The OCU production marks the 135th anniversary of “Die Fledermaus,” which premiered in Vienna on April 5, 1874. The 58th season of OCU’s Oklahoma Opera and Music Theater Company continues in the spring with Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” Feb. 26-28 and Menotti’s “The Consul” March 26-28. The season closes April 23-25 with the Tony Award-winning “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”