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The four female leads of “Enchanted April” (Photo: Ken Jacques) The four female leads of “Enchanted April” (Photo: Ken Jacques)
 


A New Musical Romance

This marks the first time SDSU has produced a fully staged production of a new musical.
By Anna Waletzko
 

“Our actors get a chance to create brand new characters and our designers are given the chance to create a new world that hasn’t been fully realized yet.”

On Thursday, Nov. 30, “Enchanted April” opens at the Don Powell Theatre, giving audience members the chance to experience a romantic and playful musical that showcases the talent at San Diego State University.

The musical stars four female leads, three of whom are students in SDSU’s Musical Theatre MFA program and the fourth being director, playwright and professor emerita Margaret Larlham.

“There are very few musicals that are so female-focused, where the women are the driving force in the story,” said director and choreographer Stephen Brotebeck.

Many of the cast members have had successful careers in the theatre industry before coming to SDSU to further their education.

Brotebeck, has been working on "Enchanted April" since 2012 when he attended readings in New York City. He is in contact with the writers, as often as four times a day, making adjustments to the show.

During the final week of rehearsals leading up to opening night, lyricist Charles Leipart and composer Richard B. Evans will be working directly with students.

The theatre program is working in collaboration with the SDSU School of Music and Dance and the SDSU Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Michael Gerdes.

The musical “Enchanted April” is based on a novel by Elizabeth von Arnim and tells the tale of life and love about to bloom for four London women in 1922 as they rent the Italian castle of their dreams for one magical month on the Mediterranean. Looking for a much-needed respite from their London cares, what they find on the Italian shore awakens them to a world of beauty, ardor and the joys of living. This marks the first time SDSU has produced a fully staged production of a new musical.

“Our actors get a chance to create brand new characters and our designers are given the chance to create a new world that hasn’t been fully realized yet,” said Brotebeck.

“Enchanted April” runs Thursday, Nov. 30 through Sunday, Dec. 3 in SDSU’s Don Powell Theatre. To purchase tickets, visit the SDSU School of Theatre, Television, and Film website.