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Otterbein Opera Theatre Presents Opera Theatre Performance of The Medium

February 21, 2017
Otterbein University

Westerville, OH—The Otterbein University Opera Theatre program, directed by Karen Eckenroth, will present Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Medium from March 24-26 in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St. Performance times are 8 p.m. on Friday, March 24, and Saturday, March 25, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 26. Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 for students and $8 for faculty, staff and senior citizens.

The Medium, composed by Gian Carlo Menotti, had its debut at Columbia University in 1946. Inspired by a séance attended by the composer himself, the story tells the sad story of Madame Flora (“Baba”), her daughter Monica, and Toby, a mute gypsy orphan. Living in conditions of near-squalor, Baba makes a living as a fake medium with Monica posing as the ghosts of her unsuspecting clients. Toby assists in the mechanics of the séances (flickering lights, a moving table and more). The business continues until, during a séance, Baba feels a “cold hand” tightening about her throat. When her customers return for another session, she tells them that she is a fake and demonstrates her tricks, but her clients protest that she must be real, that it was not Monica's voice they heard. She gives them back their money and drives them out of the house.  Blaming Toby as the one who touched her during the séance, she throws him out, as well. When he returns for some of his belongings, she shoots and inadvertently kills him, without knowing if it had been Toby who touched her.

More information about the Otterbein University Department of Music and its concert schedule can be found at http://www.otterbein.edu/music. For more information about this event, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/213391489106436/.

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