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NLOC to perform ‘The Apothecary

Brian Hobson, back, looks on as Gail Ahart, Jason Wright and Mary Maxwell, front, rehearse a section of “The Apothecary,” which will be performed at Armory Square March 21, 22, 28 and 29. (Joel Maxwell / for the Enterprise)

By Anna Erickson

Prepare for an enjoyable evening filled with laughs with a Northern Light Opera Company performance of the comic opera “The Apothecary” next week.

Performances of “The Apothecary” will be at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, March 21, 22, 28 and 29 at Armory Square in Park Rapids.

The Apothecary, by Joseph Haydn, is a four-person opera dealing with the intrigue of a love triangle. The story is simple, the music lively and witty, and changes of mood and character are reflected in the music. Sempronis, an old apothecary, will be sung by Jason Wright; Grilletta, Sempronio’s ward, will be sung by Gail Ahart; Mengone, Sempronio’s apprentice, will be sung by Brian Hobson; and “olino, a young rich dandy (pant role), will be sung by Mary Maxwell.

The Apothecary is rarely performed in English. However, artistic director Paul Dove was familiar with the opera from when he did the production in England in the 1970s.

“It should be an enjoyable evening,” Dove said.

The performance is one act so there won’t be an intermission.

Sempronio is determined to marry his ward, Grilletta, for her money. His apprentice, Mengone,” has taken the job only to be near Grilletta, even though he knows nothing about chemistry and mixing drugs. Volpino, a rich young aristocrat who enters the scene is also in love with Grilletta. The music is delightful, and the lengths the three suitors take to win the hand of Grilletta and beat their opponents is intriguing, even including the assistance of some Turks and a notary or two.

Tickets may be purchased at Beagle Books or at the door. Tickets may also be reserved by calling 237-0400.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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