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Each of the three acts required its own set; all were designed by Kirk Domer. From the Eisenstein villa of the first act to Orlofsky's rented palace in the second to the jail of the third, each set contributed to the overall ambiance. The costumes of Charlene Gross were a marvel; bright and colorful for the women, dignified (mostly) for the gentlemen. Lighting designer Shannon Schweitzer added his magic touch, providing day or evening as required.

From left to right: Joshua Kohl (Alfred), Robin De Leon (Rosalinda) and Jeremiah Butterfield (Frank) in Ohio Light Opera's production of 'Die Fledermaus'. Photo © 2005 Matt Dilyard
From left to right: Joshua Kohl (Alfred), Robin De Leon (Rosalinda) and Jeremiah Butterfield (Frank) in Ohio Light Opera's production of 'Die Fledermaus'. Photo © 2005 Matt Dilyard

Choreographer Carol Hageman worked her usual miracle: moving a fairly large cast around a not-so-large stage area without anyone falling off the stage or running into anyone else. The waltzing scenes at Orlofsky's party were especially beautiful.

Freedlander Auditorium on the Wooster College Campus is possessed of a neat bit of machinery. The orchestra pit is on an elevator, allowing the orchestra to rise and be clearly visible at stage level for the overture and then lowered to pit level for the rest of the performance. Bravos all the way around!

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Copyright © 26 July 2005 Kelly Ferjutz, Cleveland USA

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