By News Bureau Intern Caitlin Knox
Georgetown, KY – Call the Chair of Georgetown College’s Music department another hopeless romantic – but not unless you show up in person this weekend (Nov. 9-11) for the world premiere of her “Clara, My Love” and judge the original work for yourself!
Heather Winter Hunnicutt’s “Clara, My Love” is an art song musical inspired by the iconic love story of Robert and Clara Schumann. They were both famous composers and pianists of the 19th century, and each scene incorporates their real-life diaries and love letters.
“Their story has always been fascinating to me,” said Dr. Hunnicutt, writer, director and producer of the show. It’s a story that has interested many hopeless romantics in the past. Books have been published, movies made and plays performed, but this is the first time the story of Clara and Robert will be set to their actual compositions and put in their own words.
Ptting all these elements together in one musical was a long process. “I started by reading everything I possibly could on Robert, Clara and Brahms,” Hunnicutt explained. After becoming an expert on her three main characters, she wrote the script, then added English lyrics to their compositions. Although they are all German-born composers, Hunnicutt stuck to an all-English libretto.
The set is designed by Bob Pickering, a new professor in the theatre department. An expert in lights and set design, he has modeled the set from a concert hall in Warsaw, Poland, with towering arches and a piano as the centerpiece of the room. Located in, it is the same room that Chopin performed his first public concert in in 1818. Pickering recently designed the set for the College Maskrafters’ production of “The 39 Steps.”
“Clara, My Love,” will have four performances this weekend. The premiere will be on Friday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m., followed by two Saturday performances at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and a final performance on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets for students are $5, $10 for adults. Children under 10 receive free admission. The show is considered to be “PG-13” because of mature content like sexuality, violence and traumatic scenes, so it may not be appropriate for all children, Hunnicutt cautioned.
You may purchase tickets in The Store (including reserving at 502.863.8134), online at claramylove.com or at the door. For a sneak peek, you can watch the trailer here for “Clara, My Love” or on their Facebook page “Clara, My Love,” or the show’s website, claramylove.com.