WWU Theatre to Perform ‘Amadeus’

A play exploring the rivalry between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
and another composer will be presented by the William Woods University Theatre Department
as its next play. “Amadeus” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, 2 and 3 and 2
p.m. Dec. 4 in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center.

“Amadeus” stars Drew Arnett of Columbia, Mo., as Mozart and Jason
Cavallone of Chicago, Ill., as Antonio Salieri, the court composer for the
emperor of Austria in the late 18th century. Jealous of Mozart’s
genius and resentful of his own mediocrity, Salieri secretly rejects God and
vows to destroy his rival’s career.
Other WWU student cast members are: Paige Runge of
St. Louis, Mo., as Constanze Weber; T.J. Green of Brandon, Miss., as Joseph II;
Michael J. Dodson of Mexico, Mo., as Count Johann Kilian von Strack; James
Fitzmaurice of Columbia, Mo., as Baron Gottfried van Swieten; Jen Steindorf of
San Diego, Calif., as Venticello 1; and Rachel Petricka of Las Vegas, Nev., as Venticello 2.
Also, Nick Hoover of Kingdom City, Mo., as Salieri’s
Valet/Citizen; Kayla Jo Pulliam of Bloomington, Ill., as Salieri’s
Cook/Citizen; Amanda Almich of Granby, Mo., as Teresa Salieri; Bailey Campanini
of Camdenton, Mo., as Katherina Cavalieri; and Stephen Chamineak of St. Louis,
Mo., as Guiseppe Bonno/Citizen.
Citizens and servants of Vienna are:
A.J. Housewright of St. Louis, Mo.; Lincoln Purvis of Montgomery City, Mo.;
Maggie Hunter of Columbia, Mo.; Kassaundra Davidson of Roseau, Minn.; and Panda
Campbell of Fulton, Mo.  Jim Bucher, a
community player from Hermann, Mo., is Count Franz Orsini-Rosenberg.
This production will be directed by Melissa Alpers-Springer,
assistant professor of communications and theatre. The late Dan Springer designed
the set, and Dustin West will design the lights for this production. Jane
Friedman will provide costume design.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens (62+) and
children 6-12, and $8 for WWU faculty, staff and students. For tickets, call the
box office at (573) 592-4267.