Lights… Camera… Opera! The To The Ball musical performance filled the auditorium with opera performances and jokes on Thursday during U-hour in the Music Recital Hall.

The curtains opened, performers in character and the scenes began.

“This performance was especially difficult because the music is not as straight forward, especially because its opera, a performer has to think about how one is singing and how to constantly improve your technique,” said lead cast member playing ‘Amelia’ and third year music student, Lorraine Gomez. “It’s more difficult but it’s awesome because I challenged my capabilities with this musical performance and now I feel as if I can take on any role.”

Actors and actresses showcasing their acting chops mid scene. (Heather Ludegna | The Poly Post)

This musical performance featured scenes by the one act opera “Amelia Goes to the Ball!” by Gian Carlo Menotti written in 1940, and scenes from Cinderella.

The cast members prepared for this performance for months on end and crunched the last week to make sure all dynamics were perfect for the annual performance.

“I love “Amelia goes to the ball,” I love that opera and no one ever does it, I thought it would be a good choice and we had all the right people,” said director of the music program, Dr. Susan Ali.

Dr. Susan Ali later shared the process of the dynamics for the music production.

First step, Dr. Susan Ali begins to think about the next production the summer before the academic year.

She then considers who would be willing to take on roles and which roles would be appropriate for the participants.

“I consider our students and their needs,” said Dr. Ali. Then, chooses a repertoire program that has appropriate roles of people and has auditions and begins the process.

Dr. Ali had many students expressing interests in wanting featured roles and decided to perform two mini sections, in which, opened more roles. Both sections were about a ball and the decision was made to combine it and name it, “To the Ball.”

Few of the cast members were not music students in this production and it is encouraged to all students to audition if one is interested.

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