Conduct. Goodness. Honor. Truth. Spirituality. Morality. Adversity. Imagination. Whimsy. Innocence. Humor. Wonder. The Magic Flute, one of the most popular and appealing operas of all time, opened at Meadows’ Bob Hope Theatre on February 4. Full of enchanting, magical melodies and fantastical creatures, it brings Mozart’s genius to the fore in this, his last and greatest opera. SMU Opera Theatre’s presentation featured a new English translation by Kelley Rourke, with English supertitles.
PhotographerKim Leeson went behind the scenes to capture a dress rehearsal, bringing back these stunning photos.
The Magic Flute at SMU Meadows was directed by Hank Hammett, conducted by Paul Phillips, and runs February 4-7 (2/4-2/7 at 8:00 p.m.; 2/7 at 2:00 p.m.) at Meadows’ Bob Hope Theatre.
Scene design by Darren Diggle; Costume design by Hunter Dowell; Lighting design by Russell Bockemuehl Read more
While some colleges offer film students a chance to work on a 90-minute feature film, the students are often limited to taking low-level crew positions, working off a script written by a professor or directed by a professional. At SMU Meadows’ Division of Film & Media Arts, the Meadows Summer Film Production (SFP) program puts students in charge of every aspect of creating the film, providing intense, hands-on experience that prepares students for the rigors of the film industry.
Meadows provides seed money for each film. Mark Kerins, associate professor of film, serves as mentor. Working with an original script, students create a budget, raise additional money, cast the actors, hammer out the logistics of every scene, arrange for food service and transportation, rent, haul, set up and tear down gear and sets, come up with wardrobe and makeup, shoot 12 hours a day for two weeks (nonstop), edit, tweak audio, create an ad campaign and promote the film to the public and to film festivals. Read more