NWU to Perform French Opera, Lakme'

Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Music Department will present the French opera, Lakmé.

Set in an exotic bamboo forest in India in the late 19th century, the three-act opera explores the doomed relationship between a beautiful Hindu priestess, Lakmé, and a British soldier during England’s occupation of India. The opera includes the popular “Flower Duet” and its most famous aria, “The Bell Song.” Laynee Woodward of Minden will play the lead role of Lakmé.

The opera will be performed in English.

Performances will be held Friday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. and April 13 at 3 p.m. in O’Donnell Auditorium, located at 50th Street and Huntington Ave. Tickets will be available at the door only. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors.

Dawn Pawlewski Krogh is directing the opera and William Wyman is the conductor.

The cast includes:

Nilakantha, a Brahmin Priest — Jesse Wohlman

Lakme' — Laynee Woodward

Mallika — Kaitlin Zardetto-Smith

Hadji — Gavin Rasmussen

Gerald — Kegan Casey

Frederic — Dustin Hall

Ellen — Catherine Bobst

Rose — Leana Wolt

Miss Benson — Julia Gomez

Gypsy Fortune Teller — Joanna Mackley

Gypsy Merchant — Katrina Pierce

Thief — Andrew Seuferer

Dancers — Mallory Winberg, Joanna Mackley, Katrina Pierce

Understudy of Gerald — Gavin Rasmussen

Ensemble — Allison Behrens, Cassidy Besse, Kaitlin Beck, Trevor Cochrane, Meagan Fowler, John Friesen, Dan Howell, Jessica Liberator, Joanna Mackley, Leah Obenland, Katrina Pierce, Andrew Seuferer, Kendall Victor, Malorie Winberg.

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Lakme' will be performed April 11 at 7:30 p.m. and again on April 13 at 3 p.m.