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NWU to Perform Operas "Miss Havisham's Wedding Night" and "Gallantry"

Nebraska Wesleyan's Music Department performs a main-stage opera each year. This year's production will include two short operas, "Miss Havisham's Wedding Night" and "Gallantry."
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Nebraska Wesleyan's Music Department performs a main-stage opera each year. This year's production will include two short operas, "Miss Havisham's Wedding Night" and "Gallantry."

Stories of a jilted bride’s wedding night and a soap opera parody will be told on the O’Donnell Auditorium stage when Nebraska Wesleyan performs two operas, “Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night” and “Gallantry.”

The operas will be performed Friday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 9 at 3 p.m. in O’Donnell Auditorium, located at 50th Street and Huntington Ave.

Taken from an episode of Charles Dickens’ “Great expectations,” “Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night” follows the jilted bride who continues to relive the disastrous day of her intended wedding — something she has been doing for years. As she imagines what her life would have been like if their relationship turned out differently, Miss Havisham prepares to tell her chambermaid all about men.

“Gillantry” is a sharp parody of a soap opera complete with commercial interruptions. The opera tells the story of surgeon Dr. Gregg who declares his love for anesthetist Lola Markham, except Lola is already engaged to Donald Hopewell who happens to be a patient in Dr. Gregg’s operating room.

Admission to the operas is $12 for adults and $6 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased at the door.