"Threepenny Opera" at Willamette

The Willamette University Music Theatre Workshop will present "The Threepenny Opera" by Bertolt Brecht April 5-6 at 8pm and April 7 at 2pm in Smith Auditorium on the University campus. With music by Kurt Weill and English adaptation by Marc Blitzstein, the opera will be conducted by Ben St.Hilaire and directed by Jan Powell.

This fresh staging of one of the most blistering and unforgettable musical dramas of the 20th century brings Mack the Knife to life in contemporary times. Barriers will crumble between actor and character, performer and audience. In this production, a group of homeless people takes up residence in abandoned Smith Auditorium and invites the well-fed public to enjoy their "Beggar's Opera" with a twist.

The suave con man, Macheath, is irresistible to women and coldhearted as a shark. He plies his dirty trade in a colorful underworld of panhandlers and prostitutes, corrupt police and thieves. Deceit after deceit builds to one of the most audaciously hilarious finales in contemporary theatre.

Tickets are $8 for the general public, $6 for students and seniors and $3 for Willamette University faculty, students and staff in the music office beginning Monday, April 1.

For more information call 503-370-6255.