Embodying a character in an operetta


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The Opera/Music Theatre Workshop put on the production “Ruddigore” in the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. The comical operetta required the dedication of the entire cast.

The Opera/Music Theatre Workshop presented the comical operetta “Ruddigore,” which required commitment and support from the cast.

This performance took place on Feb. 7-8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.

According to Jeffrey Wright, department head of music and performing arts, any ideal operetta has two aspects to craft a success.

“I would say the two most important aspects of an operetta are the storyline and the musical writing,” shared Wright. “A truly great operetta not only has to contain great music but also needs an engaging storyline to weave everything together.”

Elizabeth Langley played Rose Maybud, who was a young maiden in the 1800s and made life choices based on an old book of etiquette. Langley shared her opinion on the overall performance of the “Ruddigore” operetta.

“The performance was so much fun for all of us involved, and I think the audience really enjoyed themselves too,” expressed Langley. “I am very happy with the work I put into this show and the outcome onstage.”

As an actress, Langley feels it is necessary to become intertwined with any character she portrays.

“As a performer, I am constantly striving to grow into a stronger musician and actress,” explained Langley. “I enjoy having the opportunity to take a new character and learn about them. A character is so much more than just learning and memorizing dialogue and music. In studying a character, I take into account everything from how they might walk or speak to what their favorite food or hobby might be.”

Sara Cage, a senior music major, was cast as Mad Margaret. Cage acknowledged the support she received from people who helped make the operetta a successful performance.

“I throughly enjoyed the comedy of the show and the character development,” expressed Cage. “The unrelenting support that was given from our stage director, Rachel Harris, our music director, Chuck Effler, the cast and crew was helpful. Without it, it would be easy to continually doubt ourselves and the quality of our performance.”

Langley offered a piece of advice for people who want to be performers.

“It is so important to be open-minded and always audition for everything even if you think you might not get it,” shared Langley. “Also, more than anything, remember why you love to perform and let that be your motivator. “