By Caitlin Knox ‘14
Georgetown, KY – “OpShop” (Opera Musical Theatre Workshop) is the annual spring showcase for the mostly Music majors of Georgetown College’s Lyric Theatre Society (LTS) to shine and show off what they love to do – entertain.
This free performance is an evening of fun and frivolity beginning at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 19 in John L. Hill Chapel. For area music patrons it’s a chance to catch the new GC vocal stars and bid a fond farewell to the graduating ones.
Director and LTS faculty advisor Heather Hunnicutt gives each OpShop performer lead role that is specifically tailored to their voice and acting abilities. And, for freshmen, having an entire scene focused on them is a new and exhilarating experience.
“This is my first time being in a big scene like this,” said freshman Nikita Taggart, whose main role will be the servant Suzuki in “Madama Butterfly.”
“The music is very hard; they normally don’t give freshman music of this level.” said Taggart, who during her high school years performed with Cincinnati Children’s Choir in Puccini’s opera “Turnadot” and also starred in “Beauty and the Beast” as Mrs. Potts.
Zach White has already had a taste of college performances, experiencing a substantial role in last semester’s opera “Falstaff,” but he still has doubts about his acting abilities. “I’ve always been more involved in choir,” White said. “I formed an a cappella group called Boyz II Male in high school, and my biggest role before that was playing the wizard in “The Wizard of Oz.” Thursday he has the chance to standout as Nick in “Funny Girl.”
Senior Arielle Evans is looking forward to being involved in OpShop one more time before she graduates. “I’m so excited to be in the show my final time. I get to play the role of a princess and a mermaid…so how cool is that?” she said.
Arielle will be Ariel in “The Little Mermaid” with another LTS senior, Caitlyn Kogge, as the evil Ursula – complete with glow in the dark wig.
Caitlyn said “OpShop gives me a chance to combine two things that I love: singing and acting.” Much like the Broadway version, the performers in “Mermaid” will roller skate around stage to add an underwater effect.
The dreaded Ursula in “Mermaid” isn’t the only “villain” you will see in this year’s show – which has a hero versus villain theme.
Among the villains are con artists in “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” a sinister old woman in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and a transformation from Dr. Jekyll into the deranged Mr. Hyde.
Heroes will add a lighter tone with a few stories about love: Prince Charming and Cinderella share a love scene that is not usually in the traditional story, and Nick Arnstein and Fanny Brice share a unconventional romance in “Funny Girl.”
If you like the familiar, “OpShop” offers “Don’t Rain on My Parade” and “Footloose.”
But, expect some zany surprises from a crazy doctor to eating goldfish.