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Mozart's The Magic Flute turned into parody features 80s video game characters

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Shown from left are Hope Howard, Destynn Hatcher and Angel Acosta-Urquizo

Shown from left are Hope Howard, Destynn Hatcher and Angel Acosta-Urquizo

KINGSVILLE (April 16, 2024) — Run don’t walk to Jones Auditorium at Texas A&M University-Kingsville for two performances of Super Flute!, a parody of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Take a leap back to the 1980s when Mario and Luigi were masters of the double jump and enjoy Super Flute! as performed by members of the Opera and Musical Theater Workshop in the School of Music.


Super Flute! will be presented at two performances, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28, both in Jones Auditorium, 855 N. Armstrong on the A&M-Kingsville campus.


“Come take a journey back to the world of 1980s video games, combined with the splendor of W.A. Mozart’s The Magic Flute score,” said show director Dr. Melinda Brou, professor of voice and opera and graduate co-coordinator in the School of Music. “The opera is fun for all ages and the text has been updated to parody all of your favorite memories of gaming in the 1980s.


“This show is truly a joy! It features a seven-piece pit orchestra, 20 singers and lots of inflatable bananas,” she exclaimed.


“Mozart's final opera, Die Zauberflöte, tells the story of Prince Tamino and his companion Papageno, as they search for truth, beauty, and love. Librettist Josh Shaw has updated Mozart's story to a parody of 1980's video games,” Brou added.  


Tickets are on sale now. They are $5 for university students and the general public 18 and under. Adult general admission is $10. Tickets may be purchased in the office of the Music Education Complex from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. or one hour before show time in the Jones Auditorium lobby. Cash, check or credit card are acceptable.


In addition to Brou, Dr. Evan Harger, adjunct professor of ensembles, is the orchestra conductor and Rachael Moreno-Bustamante, piano lecturer, is the rehearsal pianist.

Cast members include


Destynne Hatcher playing Papageno from Corpus Christi;

Mark DeWulf playing Tamino, from Magnolia;

Isabelle Quezada playing the first lady from Corpus Christi;

Aria Shirah playing the second lady from McAllen;

Karla Clemens playing the third lady from San Antonio;

Amylia Sauceda playing Pamina from Pharr;

Damien De La Cruz playing Sarastro from Corpus Christi;

Hannah Howard playing the Queen of the Night from Kingsville;

Hope Howard playing Papagena from Kingsville;

Jazmyn Ongpoy playing the first spirit from San Antonio;

Paige Bonuz playing the second spirit from Port Lavaca;

Sarah Sibson playing the second spirit from San Antonio;

Skylar Delgado playing the third spirit from Harlingen;

Yasmeen Garcia playing the first priest from Daytona Beach, Florida;

Alex Garcia playing the second priest from Beeville;

Hunter Wood playing Monostatos from Houston;

Mattie Salas playing the serpent from Karnes City;

Gilbert Pena in the chorus from San Diego;

Angel Acosta-Urquizo in the chorus from Eagle Pass; and

Ana Rysavy (Max) in the chorus from Kingsville.


Alejandro Nava from Laredo is the assistant conductor and Eli Garces from Mercedes is the stage manager.



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