By Thad Williams
After almost two years of performance restrictions due to COVID-19, the Louisiana Tech School of Music will host a live musical performance of “A Little Night Music” by Stephen Sondheim this upcoming week.
The performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. May 4-5 in the Stone Theatre on campus and will consist of staged scenes taken from the operetta.
While the performance will be an abridged version of the show, the students and faculty involved worked to make sure the performance is still cohesive and engaging.
The faculty and staff have put on musical performances of a similar nature in years past, and this is the first performance organized by the new Director of Opera Workshop Matthew Giallongo.
Giallongo came to Tech this school year after graduating from the University of Cincinnati. He has since been working to build up the opera program after a long hiatus, and this is the first cohesive performance put on by the group in years.
“I know that the School of Theatre mounts a musical every other year,” Giallongo said. “Their goals were the same: to communicate and emote to the audience while singing.”
With the recent COVID-19 pandemic affecting gatherings and public events, many adjustments had to be made to how rehearsals were held. That also affected how performances were put on at Tech over the last few school years. But since arriving here, Giallongo has been able to start working with the students in a more normal capacity.
For many of the students performing in this show, this will be their first time performing on stage in this capacity, according to Giallongo. But they have all been hard at work to prepare for this performance.
“The students have been working very hard to mount this program,” Giallongo said. “I am very proud of them for rising to the challenge.”
“A Little Night Music” is presented through special arrangement with Musical Theatre International (MTI). All authorized materials are also provided by MTI.
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