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ULM Presents The Beggar's Opera

The Beggar's Opera is the only example of the once thriving genre of satirical ballad opera to remain popular today.

In the midst of the University of Louisiana Monroe's Homecoming Week, the ULM Visual and Performing Arts program is presenting its fall production, The Beggar's Opera. The Beggar's Opera will have its opening night Thursday, October 12th, at 7:30 p.m. in Brown Auditorium.

The Beggar's Opera is a satirical ballad opera in three acts that was written in 1728 by John Gay with music arranged by Johann Christoph Pepusch. The opera itself is more similar to a musical than a traditional opera. The students at ULM have personalized this play by adding words, rearranging songs, and giving the play a steam punk twist. Dr. Mark Clark, ULM arts professor, shares that the play will be enjoyed by students and community members alike. Dr. Clark shares that The Beggar's Opera will keep you on your toes with a, "surprise ending, surprise beginning, and surprise middle." Dr. Clark also shares that this play has been a great opportunity for VAPA majors due to its twenty-five named character parts. 

Tickets to The Beggar's Opera are $15 for general admission, $5 for falculty and staff, and free to students with each addition ticket to cost $5. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by call 318-342-1414. The play will be shown Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. More information on this and all that the ULM VAPA program does can be found here.