The Cameron University Department of Art, Music and Theatre Arts Department will present “The Medium,” a one-hour opera featuring CU vocal students. Performances are slated for Thursday and Friday, October 15 and 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the McCutcheon Recital Hall. General admission tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, military members and students. CU students, faculty and staff are admitted at no charge with CU-ID. As seating is limited, patrons are encouraged to reserve tickets in advance by calling 580-581-2346. Facial covering are strongly recommended.
The presentation is a result of the Opera Workshop class, in which students not only sing but create the sets, costumes, props and lighting.
“We are thrilled to offer this opera performance, as we were unable to do so last year due to COVID,” says Dr. Christian Morren. “This year, we have a small cast that can safely distance and follow safety protocols. The opera has beautiful music and a touching, sad story. There is also a minor ‘spook factor’ for those ready to kick off Halloween early.”
The production is made possible by a grant from the Southwest Oklahoma Opera Guild.
“’The Medium’ and many other opportunities for musical growth could not happen without the generous contributions of the Southwest Oklahoma Opera Guild,” says Morren. “The students have worked incredibly hard and are eager to perform.”
The story revolves around Madame Flora, who, with the help of her daughter Monica and a mute servant named Toby, tries to cheat her clients through faked séances. She is touched by a hand during one of them, an occurrence she cannot explain and which drives her to insanity.
Student performers are David Gracia and Marckese Williams, Lawton; Destiny Abila, Altus; Heather Martin, Cache; Rachel McCurry, Comanche; and Mikayla Stephenson, Duncan.