published Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Lee Opera offers two one-act charmers - Feb. 27-March 1

Lee University Opera Theatre will present "The Telephone" by Gian Carlo Menotti and "The Child and the Spells" by Maurice Ravel in three performances this weekend.

Shows will start at 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday, Feb. 27-March 1, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 2, in the Dixon Center on the Cleveland, Tenn., campus.

"The Telephone" is a comical opera that was first presented at the Heckscher Theater in New York City in 1947. It centers on a young man, Ben, who would like to propose to his girlfriend, Lucy, if he could just divert her attention from her incessant phone conversations. Perhaps if he called her ...

"The Child and the Spells" first performed in Monte Carlo in 1925, is part ballet, part pantomime and part opera. Its the story of a rude child who, in a tantrum, destroys the objects in his bedroom, then is surprised when the unhappy furniture, decorations, even his homework come to life. Then the bedroom becomes a garden filled with animals and plants that have been tortured by the child as well.

Lee University's Opera Theatre is directed by James Frost, assistant professor of music at Lee since 2007.

Both one-act operas will be performed in English.

Tickets may be reserved or purchased at the Dixon Center box office by calling 423-614-8343. The box office is open Monday through Saturday and one hour before each performance. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $3 for students. Seating is limited.

For more information, call the School of Music at 423-614-8240.

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