WPI’s VOX Theatre Group to Present 'Threepenny Opera' Sept. 19-20

Student Production to Feature German-English Translation
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September 11, 2008


VOX, the music theatre production company at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), and the university's Department of Humanities and Arts music division will present German dramatist Bertolt Brecht and composer Kurt Weill’s classic revolutionary musical theatre production, "The Threepenny Opera.” Originally set in the impoverished back alleys of Victorian London, this production finds underworld antihero Mackie Messer (aka Mack the Knife) in prohibition Chicago as he tries to woo Polly Peachum and elude the authorities." The Threepenny Opera” premiered in 1928 Berlin, offering a socialist critique of the capitalist world.


Advising the student production will be WPI German Professor David Dollenmayer, whose students will provide German and English translations. Returning to direct her fourth production at WPI will be Kristy Chambrelli. Her past theatrical direction at the university includes “The Mikado,” “Sweeney Todd,” and WPI Choral Music Director John Delorey’s “Witchwife.” The production will be fully staged and costumed, and Professor Douglas Weeks will conduct the cabaret-style pit band. This is the fourth year VOX has presented a production. More than 50 WPI students will take part.


Friday, Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 20 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Alden Memorial, Great Hall

100 Institute Road

Worcester, Mass.   


Tickets cost $15 for general admission, and $10 for students with ID, and are available at the door. To reserve tickets, call +1-508-831-5051 or email at vox-info@wpi.edu. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the show.