Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Puccini's comic opera Gianni Schicchi to be performed March 30-31

KINGSVILLE - March 24, 2006

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

The Puccini opera Gianni Schicchi will be performed on the stage of Jones Auditorium at Texas A&M University-Kingsville Thursday and Friday, March 30-31, at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $5 general admission, $3 for A&M-Kingsville students.

This one-act comic opera tells of a family seeking their share of wealth from the recently deceased head of the household, Buoso Donati. When they discover that none of the riches are coming to them, they ask for assistance from the crafty Gianni Schicchi to pretend to be the deceased and draw up a new will.

Dr. Arikka Gregory, assistant professor of voice, directs this student production. April FitzSimon, a junior from Bishop, serves as stage manager. San Antonio sophomore Analicia Martinez serves as assistant stage manger. Dr. Joan Lee, visiting assistant professor and interim director of choral activities, serves as music director

The cast of Gianni Schicchi is:

Audrey Quintero, a senior from Sinton, as Zita; Brandon Callis, a Corpus Christi freshman, in the part of Gherardo; Cesar Galaviz, a junior from Del Rio, plays Rinuccio; Chris Hinajosa, a junior from Victoria, plays Spinelloccio; Kingsville freshman Christopher Leach plays Gherardo; Isaac Aldaco , a freshman from Del Rio, plays Betto; Joe Rodriguez, a senior from McAllen, plays Marco; Juan Sentiés, a sophomore from Beeville, plays Gianni Schicchi; Alice junior Kathryn Vinson plays Ciesca; Malarie Garza, a Beeville freshman, plays Ciesca; Harlingen senior Michael Leimon plays Simone; San Benito junior Rebecca Gamboa plays Lauretta; Renee Ganceres, a freshman from Mathis, plays Gherardino; and Victoria Vinson, a senior from Alice, plays Nella.

More information is available at 361-593-2824.

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