Tuesday, February 15, 2011

SBU Theatre to Present Die Fledermaus

Southwest Baptist University News Release
Contact: Sharina Smith, Office of Marketing & Communications
417-328-1803 / scsmith@sbuniv.edu

NOTE: We will hold a media preview on Monday, March 7, at 7 p.m. 

BOLIVAR, Mo. -- What happens when you combine a light-hearted tale of revenge, Russian dancers, and some of the most recognizable Johann Strauss waltzes? Southwest Baptist University’s production of Die Fledermaus,of course.

Die Fledermaus, which translates to “The Bat,” is a farcical tale of vengeance exacted for a previously played practical joke. The show will be performed at 7 p.m. on March 10, 11, and 12, in the Davis Newport Theater located in the Jester Learning and Performance Center on the SBU campus in Bolivar.

The opera was first performed in 1874 and received its first United States showing in 1879. It is performed each New Year’s day in Vienna, Austria. The opera is a joint production of the music department and the SBU Theatre program.

Dr. Elissa Sartwell, assistant professor of theatre and Dr. Elizabeth Maben, professor of music, emphasize the accessibility of this opera: “It is be sung in English and set in modern day; this is an opera for anyone. Die Fledermaus features Seniors Adam Keller and Alyssa Phinney, recent graduate Bryan McDonald, Junior Audrey Wadell, Sophomore Josh Brown, Junior Sam Thomas, Freshmen Lindsey Gingrich and Senior David Ezell.”

Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office, over the phone at (417) 328-1691 or online at www.sbuniv.edu/theatre. Tickets are $3 for SBU students, $5 for SBU alumni, students of other schools, or Senior citizens and $8 for all others.  The Box Office will open on February 28 and is open from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday.


Southwest Baptist University is a leader among private universities in truly integrating Christ-centered academic pursuits with comprehensive professional programs at an affordable price. Since 1878, the faculty and staff have created a caring, academic community to prepare students to be servant leaders in a global society. The University has been named one of America’s Best Christian Colleges® for 14 consecutive years, one of America’s 100 Best College Buys® for 15 consecutive years, and it has been named among institutions with America’s Best College Scholarships ® for the past four years by Institutional Research and Evaluation, Inc.

For more information, visit www.SBUniv.edu. SBU’s Office of Marketing & Communications is available to news media 24/7 at 417-399-7918.