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Jamie Colburn and Jessica Gomes-Ng will perform the roles of Tony and Maria, respectively, in selections from West Side Story as part of one of the Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concert at Hill Auditorium on Nov. 18
SMTD has partnered with the Gershwin family to bring the music of George and Ira Gershwin to students, scholars, performers and audiences across campus and worldwide.
Department of Theatre & Drama
The Story: Two sets of twin brothers, named in the same manner, are accidentally separated at a young age by a storm at sea. Years later, they unknowingly are all in New Orleans during Mardi Gras in the Age of Aquarius. As the day passes, the foursome unwittingly wreak havoc on friends, family, and the town in a wild adventure of mistaken identity. As each situation grows more ludicrous, the men begin to doubt their own sanity. Yet all is well in the end as the outrageous journey builds to a hilariously unexpected family reconciliation.
Background: One of the earliest works by William Shakespeare and his first comedy, The Comedy of Errors had its first performance in December 1594, although it was not printed until the publishing of the First Folio in 1623. Loosely based on a classical comedy by Plautus, Comedy uses the classical unity of place and time. Shakespeare’s tale of two sets of twins and a pair of sisters expanded upon his source and hinted at his later comedies by combining farce with romance, and an element of tragedy. His shortest work, The Comedy of Errors is a tour de force of irreverent comedy, intricate intrigue, and brilliant wordplay.
|Scenic Designer||Gary Decker|
|Costume Designer||Jessica Hahn|
|Lighting Designer||Miriam Michaels|
|Sound Designer||Henry Reynolds|
|Stage Manager||Samantha Vettrus|
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