Music Theater at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will present two one-act operas titled “Signor Deluso” and “Trouble in Tahiti” starting Thursday at 8 p.m. Performances, presented in Waller Hall, are also scheduled for Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
“Signor Deluso” was composed in 1974 by Thomas Pasatieri and is based on the play by French playwright Moli￩re. This comedy is stacked with layer-upon-layer of misunderstanding involving young lovers, delusional neighbors and a domineering father. Deluso is living with much confusion but, just when everything appears to be hopelessly embroiled, the saucy maid appears in the nick of time.
Written by Leonard Bernstein, “Trouble in Tahiti” is considered a light-hearted but pointed satire of 1950s suburban sophistication and family life. The story follows housewife Dinah and businessman Sam through a typical day of married life. Akin to our current day “Mad Men,” Bernstein’s music is, as always, energetic, jazzy, tuneful and truly American.
Both productions will be sung in English and are directed by IUP music faculty member Tania Arazi Coambs.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Hadley Union Building, online at IUPTickets.com, or by calling the HUB box office at (724) 357-1313. Seats remaining will be sold at the door starting 45 minutes before the performance.
Tickets are priced at $16 for regular admission, $13 for senior citizens and $10 for children and students.
For more information, contact the Lively Arts at (724) 357-2787 (ARTS) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
IUP Music Theater is produced by the Department of Music and funded, in part, by the Student Cooperative Association.
PHOTO: Keileigh Koch will play Dinah and Franklin Mosley will play Sam in “Trouble in Tahiti,” one of two plays to be presented at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday in Waller Hall on the Indiana University of Pennsylvania campus. (Submitted photo)