GEE MAIL: THE MAGIC FLUTE

GEE MAIL: THE MAGIC FLUTE


Ladies and gentlemen, please silent your cell
phones for this edition of Gee Mail. [music] Matching our shutter cuts. Perfect. [music] We are taking a behind-the-scenes sneak peek
at the final concert of the year by the Symphony Orchestra and the School of Theatre and Dance. They will be performing one of Mozart’s
greatest operas, “The Magic Flute” and we will have a front row seat to all the hard work and preparation that goes into a live performance. This production is 100 percent students, from the music to the costumes to the set and to the acting. So, without further ado, Let’s Go. [singing] Everything here is done by students, right? Correct. We’re here from early in the morning until
about 11 o’clock at night, if not later. (President Gee) Are you? When do you study? Um, afterwards. (laughs) Planning started in September, construction
started in November and they got a week to get the construction finished up. And four days to perform. And then we put it all away and start on another one. Start unloading faster. [music] So these are neoprene cast helmets. We fit
them specifically to the actors’ heads. I am stitching some stuff and working on
a collar piece as well as this is a cow mask here that I’m working on. A cow mask? Yeah. (laugh) [performance] Originally, I came here for the engineering
program. This is engineering. (William)
It is. I found a whole love for engineering and the arts. (President Gee)
Well, your craftsmanship is beautiful but that is an ugly thing. Say hello. People sometimes don’t understand that at
the end of it they see the production they don’t realize that this is teaching and
learning at its very best. That’s right. It’s a hands-on, experiential
education. I just love watching it come together. You
have that curtain open on opening night and you just realized how many hours you spent
and how long you were here. (President Gee)
It takes a village, right? It really does. [music] What role would you have me play, if I were
in “The Magic Flute”? Oh, Papageno. Easily. I think you’re ready. Am I ready? [music] As you just saw, our students and our faculty
are dedicated to making the show go on. They work tirelessly day after day for weeks
to pull off these live performances to entertain us. West Virginia University is so enriched in
the arts and I am proud of our students and faculty for the work and creativity they bring to the stage. Bravo! [applause]

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