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The Student Prince

Cahn Auditorium
600 Emerson Street Evanston

In The Student Prince, young love blossoms in Old Heidelberg as the betrothed heir to the throne goes off to university, only to fall for a beautiful waitress in the beer garden.

Presented by Light Opera Works

Thru - Aug 28, 2011



Price: $32-$92

Show Type: Musical

Box Office: 847-869-6300

Running Time: 2hrs, 45mins; two intermission

www.LightOperaWorks.com



  The Student Prince Reviews

Chicago Tribune - Somewhat Recommended

"...Artistic director Rudy Hogenmiller has forged a wholly traditional staging of the operetta — rising and falling drops; unspeakably broad comedic performances in the character roles; huge choruses of students and waitress all squeezing themselves through the same tiny tavern door like Germanic clowns. Tom Burch's set could not be more predictable."
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Chris Jones


NewCity Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...Although director and choreographer Rudy Hogenmiller admits in the program that he had never even seen the work before directing this production, he sets the perfect tone for the piece. The sets and costumes are traditional as befits such a nostalgic work, and the energy and the enthusiasm contagious. Most significantly, the romantic leads—tenor William Bennett and soprano Danielle Knox, both making their company debuts—can both sing the piece’s glorious and familiar melodies like a dream, but also look their parts and have credible romantic chemistry between them. Dale Benson’s Lutz is a constant comic reminder of arrogant aristocracy while Bill Stone’s Dr. Engel tries to bring the prince down to earth. And the male chorus of students are a sheer joy, as is the fine orchestra led by Roger L. Bingaman."
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Dennis Polkow


ChicagoCritic - Highly Recommended

"...Light Opera Work’s entertaining 2 hour, 45 minute production soars with the 26 member orchestra conducted deftly by Roger L. Bingaman. It is so refreshing to witness classic operettas and musicals performed exactly as the originals! Light Opera Works proudly cherishes and respects these works- and it shows! Take your teens to see this wonderful look back into the world of early 20th Century operetta. They’ll experience something they’ll remember. It is important that we continue to expose each generation to the gems of the past. This production is worthy of that honor."
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Tom WIlliams


Chicago Stage Standard - Highly Recommended

"...Appropriately young and very game, the chorus are both pitch and picture perfect, students and barmaids to make the show’s Northwestern University locale doubly apt. Jeff Hendry costumes them precisely and elegantly for the turn-of-the-(last)-century setting, while Tom Burch’s disparate settings chart the distance from court to college. Finally, Roger L. Bingaman conducts an orchestra as rich as the score. “The Student Prince,” alas, plays as briefly as does Karl Fran z’’ spring fling. It’s Chicago theater’s last rose of summer."

Lawrence Bommer


Around The Town Chicago - Recommended

"...This is a very large and energetic production with voices that are pure and singers who are able to make sure that every word is heard, clearly! Even with the 26 piece orchestra in the pit, led as always to perfection by Roger L. Bingaman, we are treated to musical theater as it should be done-with clarity and love, and this cast, under the skillful direction ad choreography of Rudy Hogenmiller shows their love for the work they are performing-it shows! The sets by Tom Burch fill the stage and the wonderful costumes by Jeff Handry are equal to any major theater in town. Andrew Meyers’ lighting and David Lee Bradke’s sound make it all clear and the prop people Anders Jacobson and Judy Radovsky handled a lot of small items without a hitch. Light Opera Works knows how to do it right."
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Alan Bresloff



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