Topics: Arts and Culture, College of Fine Arts

November 4, 2019

Cartier Stewart and Christina Youngblood (Photo by Abby Arnold)
Cartier Stewart and Christina Youngblood rehearse for "A Little Night Music"

“A Little Night Music,” a musical about an actress and the men who love her, will open at 7:30 p.m. November 8 in University Theatre on the Ball State University campus. The Department of Theatre and Dance will have additional performances November 9, 12-16 at 7:30 p.m. and November 10 at 2:30 p.m.

“It deals with relationships and how we struggle to find the right person to be with,” said Bill Jenkins, the department chair and the musical’s director. “The script it funny, smart, and witty. I think it’s the kind of show that, no matter what age you are, you can find something to identify with in it.”

Set in Sweden in the year 1900, the musical is based on the Ingmar Bergman film “Smiles of a Summer Night.” With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the play focuses on actress Desirée Armfeldt and her web of affairs with the men who love her. They all embark on a getaway at Desirée’s mother’s estate, resulting in blossoming romance and surprising second chances.

The music in the show will be co-directed by Johnna Tavianini and Sean Mills and choreographed by Michael Worcel. The set design is by alumnus Kevin Depinet, who has had a very successful scenic design career based in Chicago but also has design credits on Broadway, the West End, and Las Vegas.

“It’s beautiful in terms of the music, the costumes, the set,” Jenkins said. “The talent of our students and the way that they handle this very difficult material is exceptional.

“I’m proud to work with these students and faculty on this show. It’s one that truly shows us how far the department has come, with the sophisticated work of our students and the expertise of our faculty.”

Tickets cost $18 for the general public and $15 for faculty, staff, students, and seniors. The University Theatre Box Office is open Monday through Friday, from noon to 5 p.m. and one hour before all performances. Contact the box office at 765-285-8749 or Tickets are also available on the department's website.