Last weekend, I did something I had never done on campus before. I experienced the amazing theatrical talents on our campus. I'll admit, I went to the opera for extra credit for CMLT - C255 and I probably would not have gone otherwise. However, I'm glad I went because I ended up having a great time.
Before Friday, I had never been to an opera before. I was excited to go, because I always hear people raving about students from the music school. The opera, Der Rosenkavalier, was at 7:00 at the Musical Arts Theatre. It lasted for four hours --not a good opera to choose for your first, by the way-- with two 15-minute intermissions. The first hour and a half was a little slow in my opinion, but the singers and musicians were amazing. If you're interested in going to an opera production, you should do it. Just check to make sure it's not four hours long!
On Saturday, I went with some fellow IU Habitat for Humanity members to see A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Ruth N. Halls Theatre. We went to support another IU Habitat member, Mike. I enjoyed the play much more than the opera for two reasons: it was in English and it was hilarious! I think I laughed through the majority of the play. It was two and a half hours, with one 15-minute intermission.
After seeing both Der Rosenkavalier and A Midsummer Night's Dream, I realized that I am definitely a bigger theatre fan than an opera fan. But I still suggest students go see both. If you're a senior and still haven't gone to a theatrical production on campus, please put it on your bucket list for these last couple months!
I plan on going to see another production put on by the Jacobs School of Music in the future and I've already researched up-coming plays on campus to attend. If you know of a good show coming up, please comment and let me know!