‘The Medium’

Ashley Viszneki, Contributing writer

The D’Angelo Department of Music is presenting an event you won’t want to miss.
“The Medium,” an opera written by Carlo Menotti and directed by Louisa Jonason, will take place at 9 p.m. in the Walker Recital Hall on Oct. 31.
The opera is about a fake medium named Baba who promises grieving parents that she can speak to their deceased children.
She starts to go crazy and begins to see and hear things.
Maria Dombrowski (senior, contract major) is playing the role of Monica, Baba’s daughter.
Dombrowski said her character “is the symbol of light as she tries to hold together her broken household.”
“Gian Carlo Menotti’s music is beautiful and touching and the characters’ relationships are deep and complicated,” Dombrowski said. “This performance will take you away and immerse you in the world of the story.”
Her character and Gabriel Gray’s (junior, Music) character, Toby, “create (their) own safe haven through (their) imaginations,” Dombrowski said.
Gray said he and Dombrowski “have developed a heartwarming relationship between (their) characters that is really brought to light in a beautiful way that (he) hope(s) will resonate with the audience.”
Music faculty members Katherine Soroka and Royce Strider and students Abigail Wise (freshman, Music Performance) and Michele Elleman-Cali (Music Performance) are also in the cast.
Jonason has done this show at a variety of venues, and says she chose it “because (she) loves the piece and it is short and entertaining for Halloween.”
There will be a Halloween party beforehand at 8 p.m., which will include Tarot card and psychic readings, drinks and Halloween treats and a costume contest.
Tickets are $5 for children and $2 for students, faculty, children under twelve and seniors.