Auditions for Middlebury Players’ The Threepenny Opera in January

A staple in Central Vermont’s musical theater landscape, Middlebury Community Players will branch out of the American canon to produce the most successful musical to have come out of Germany, Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s The Threepenny Opera. Performed over 10,000 times since its Berlin premier in 1928, Brecht’s reworking of John Gay’s Beggar’s Opera from 1728 mixes gangster comedy with an ardent criticism of early 20th century capitalism.

Auditions will be held the following dates: Thursday, Jan. 10 at 7 pm, Middlebury College at Axinn 229; Saturday, Jan. 12 at 2 pm at Middlebury Town Hall Theater. Callbacks are Sunday, Jan.13 at 2 pm in the Middlebury Town Hall Theater.

Written and performed a year before the world’s most dramatic economic crisis, The Threepenny Opera is still a play to make us ponder the relationship between capital, power, gender, and society. Brecht’s dramaturgical mastery, his sense of timing, excessively funny dialogues, and Kurt Weill’s jazz-inspired music (“Mac the Knife” being the most famous) make The Threepenny Opera wildly fascinating and entertaining.

The show will be fully staged in April 2013 at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater. For audition or production information, visit www.middleburycommunityplayers.org or contact director and producer Bettina Matthias at bmatthia@middlebury.edu or 373-2556 or assistant producer Algy Layden at alayden27@gmail.com or 989-1901.

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