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OBU Music to Present “Laugh It Is” Opera Scenes Performance Feb. 21-22

Oklahoma Baptist University’s Division of Music presents, “Laugh It Is: An Evening of Fun and Laughter,” Feb. 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Yarborough Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

The performances are under the direction of Dr. Louima Lilite, associate professor of music.

“Audience members should expect to re-examine preconceived notions of what opera is,” Lilite said. “They will be privileged to see real humans displaying real emotions in front of real people.”

The night will feature scenes from renowned operas, “Signor Deluso,” “Three Sisters Who Are Not Sisters” and “Cosi fan tutte.”

“Three works will be presented in English, so the storytelling can be accessible to all ages and backgrounds,” he said. “In the case of this particular show, they should come prepared to laugh a whole lot.”

“Signor Deluso” features a series of misunderstandings that cause the households of Gorgibus and Deluso to question each other’s faithfulness. Signor Deluso and his wife accuse each other of infidelity, while Célie refuses her arranged marriage in hopes that her lover, Léon, will return from Paris. After one poorly-timed encounter after another, the situation worsens, leaving everyone at their wits’ end. This story begs the question: should you believe everything you see?

This scene features Marlee Tate, junior vocal performance major, as Celie; Bryson Cunningham, junior cross-cultural ministry and math major, as Gorgibus and Town Magistrate; Sydney Mathews, senior vocal performance major, as Clara; Tommy Peercy, junior worship arts major, as Leon; Jackson Muscgrove, freshman vocal performance major, as Signor Deluso; and Makalah Jessup, sophomore vocal music education major, as Rosine.

“Cosi fan tutte” stars Guglielmo and Ferrando who are convinced that their fiancées, Fiordilligi and Dorabella, will always be faithful to them. Their friend Don Alfonso is convinced that all women are fickle and even bets that he

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