Tickets on sale for THREEPENNY OPERA

“Mack the Knife” coming to Middlebury in late April

Classic Musical
THE THREEPENNY OPERA
by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill

8pm on Thursday, Friday & Saturday, April 25-27, 2013
2pm matinees on Saturday & Sunday, April 27 & 28

Tickets $20, students $15 (with an ID) at the Town Hall Theater Box Office, Monday-Saturday, noon to 5pm, 802-382-9222, or online anytime at townhalltheater.org

Have “Mack the Knife” as your ringtone on your cell? Did you start to whistle the tune, now that we have mentioned the song?

Soon, you can enjoy this song and the entire musical on the Town Hall Theater stage April 25-28. Performed over 10,000 times since its Berlin premier in 1928, Brecht’s reworking of John Gay’s Beggar’s Opera from 1728 mixes gangster comedy with an ardent criticism of early 20th century capitalism as it pitches Mr. Peachum, head of an “army” of professional beggars whom he exploits systematically, against Captain Macheath, alias Mack the Knife, leader of a group of gangsters who pillage the homes of London’s wealthy at night. Neither Peachum nor Macheath still need to get their hands dirty since they have mastered the art of delegating crime, but their rivalry becomes unpleasant when Peachum’s daughter Polly decides to marry the charismatic Macheath. Such a transgression of property laws needs punishment, Peachum decides, and he mobilizes every connection he has to have his undesired son-in-law caught and hanged . . .

Written and first performed a year before the world’s most dramatic economic crisis, The Threepenny Opera is still a play to make us ponder the relationship between capital, power, gender, and society; yet, Brecht’s dramaturgical mastery, his sense of timing, his excessively funny dialogues, and especially Kurt Weill’s jazz-inspired music make The Threepenny Opera wildly fascinating and entertaining. A show not to be missed! Director/Producer Bettina Matthias leads the production team of Conductor Hannah Rommer, Co-producer Algy Layden and Stage Manager Katy Svec. A cast of 17 includes Matthew Winston as Macheath, David Harcourt and Sarah Stone as Mr. and Mrs. Peachum, Mimi Bain as Polly Peachum, and Kevin Commins as Tiger Brown. For a full cast list, click on SHOWS above.