Music Theatre Workshop To Present Two Performances Nov. 1, 2

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tv_News 10dbMONTICELLO — The Music Theatre Workshop at the University of Arkansas at Monticello will present two performances of “The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” by Lukas Foss and the finale of Act I of “Cosi fan tutte” by W. A. Mozart Nov. 1-2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center auditorium. The performances are free and open to the public.

   The plot of “The Jumping Frog” is based on Mark Twain’s well-known tale, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. set in California during the Gold Rush, Daniel Webster, a frog noted for his prowess in jumping, has just set a record with a 14-foot jump. A stranger enters the scene and declares that there is nothing special about Daniel Webster and that any ordinary frog could out jump him. A challenge is issued, bets made and the contest begins. Unbeknownst to the others, the stranger has fixed the match resulting in an unexpected and surprising ending.

   In “Cosi fan tutte,” another type of challenge motivates the story. The affirmed bachelor, Don Alfonso, challenges his young friends by saying that their fiancées will be unfaithful to them if given the opportunity. The two young men disagree and a charade ensues that will settle the debate.

   The casts includes Dylan Miles of McGehee, Hayley Coughlin of Monticello, Carrie Ann Savage of Warren, Jennifer Carr of Springfield, Mo., Jonathan Cruz of Warren, Kaitlin Spencer of Monticello, Robert Webb of Texarkana, Ark., David Wilson of Sheridan, Mark Sullivan of Monticello, Jake Wishard of Monticello, Vincent Flieder of Wilmar, Makayla Burris of Chidester, Bonnie Tigert of Bloomburg, Tex. and Amanda Wood of Sheridan.

   For more information, contact the Division of Music at (870) 460-1060.

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