Chattanooga Now Bryan stages first full-length opera with 'Street Scene'

Chattanooga Now Bryan stages first full-length opera with 'Street Scene'

February 24th, 2012 by Staff Report in Chattanooga Now - Art


What: "Street Scene" by Bryan College Opera Theatre.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Rudd Auditorium, Bryan College, Dayton, Tenn.

Admission: Free.

Phone: 423-775-2041.

A gritty look at life in an immigrant neighborhood in New York in 1946 will come to life as the Bryan College Opera Theatre presents its first full-length production, Kurt Weill's "Street Scene," on Saturday.

"This American opera deals with a time when life moved at a slower pace and everyone knows everything going on in each other's households," said Assistant Professor of Music Kim Keck. "Each family depicted had come to the United States anticipating the American dream, but life hadn't worked out like that for them."

The opera focuses on the Maurrant family - a mother, father and two children - and their neighbors. The dark plot offers a cautionary tale, Keck said, about "how many people are struggling in situations like this and what a difference Jesus Christ could make in their lives."

Keck said the opera provides showcase opportunities for accomplished singers in leading roles as well as practical experience for younger singers.

"I wanted to pick a piece that had more than just good roles for seniors so everyone has an opportunity to grow," she said.

Seniors Randy Bright and Caitlin Hawkins will sing the roles of Mr. and Mrs. Maurrant. Senior Kelly Miller and Michael Keck, a seventh-grader from Dayton, will play their children. Other roles are filled by senior Matt Albin and juniors Alexis Landry, Mariana Sterne and Natalie Hughes, who's from Chattanooga.

Sally Powell of Dayton is the accompanist, and the set is designed by Assistant Professor and Theatre Fellow Jared Cole.