GORHAM – The USM School of Music and Department of Theatre will present a collaborative production of “The Magic Flute” with full orchestra from March 11 to 19 in Russell Hall. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. March 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 and at 5 p.m. Sunday March 13. Call 780-5151 for reservations.

Music professor Robert Lehmann will conduct a 39-piece orchestra – actually two different orchestras formed from members of the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra – that will alternate each performance.

“The Magic Flute” (“Die Zauberflute”) was the last opera completed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

When he died at 35, two months after its premiere, the work already was a success. The story is set in an imaginary, magical Egypt.

Area residents are involved in the production. Annette Bourque of Lewiston is the stage manager and choreographer.

Area music and theater students include Alexis Handy of Lewiston, Mary Bastoni of Fryeburg, Richard Gammon of Topsham, Alexandra Dietrich of Freeport and Amanda Smith of Manchester.


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