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Ohio Wesleyan’s Opera Theatre to Stage ‘The Turn of the Screw’ and ‘Oedipus Tex’

April 4, 2007

Ohio Wesleyan University’s Opera Theatre will stage a production spanning from the supernatural to the satirical this month with combined performances of “The Turn of the Screw” and “Oedipus Tex.”

Performances will be held at 8 p.m. April 20-21 and at 2 p.m. April 22 in Sanborn Hall’s Jemison Auditorium, 23 Elizabeth St. This year’s Opera Theatre features stage direction by Kevin Lohr of Opera Columbus and musical direction by Jason Hiester, an Ohio Wesleyan assistant professor of music.

Beginning with the supernatural, OWU’s Opera Theatre will perform “The Turn of the Screw,” a 20th century English chamber opera that tells a tragic tale of possession and exorcism. The plot involves a governess battling for the souls of her two young charges. Composed by Benjamin Britten, the opera is based on the short story of the same name by Henry James.

Turning to the satirical, OWU’s Opera Theatre also will perform P.D.Q. Bach’s “Oedipus Tex,” which chronicles the Old West adventures of Oedipus Tex — “You may have heard of my brother Rex.” In this version, Oedipus Tex marries Billie Jo Casta, the “queen of the rodeo,” but their happiness is short-lived when Casta’s true identity is revealed.

Tickets for the combined production are $7 for adults and $5 for students, senior citizens, and OWU staff members. For tickets, call (740) 368-3700.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, dedicated to preparing students for a lifetime of learning, service, and leadership. Located in Delaware, Ohio, 20 miles north of the state capital, Ohio Wesleyan is a coeducational, residential, privately supported undergraduate institution. The university is ranked consistently by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top 100 liberal arts colleges and is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives.” The faculty includes more than 135 educators, all of whom actively teach and hold either doctoral degrees or the highest recognized professional degrees in their fields. Approximately 1,850 students representing 44 states and 45 countries attend Ohio Wesleyan. More information is available at www.owu.edu.