Thursday, April 6, 2017

It's "Written in the Stars"...go see AIDA tonight!

Our final Mainstage production of the year opens tonight! You won't want to miss this epic love story. AIDA, with music and lyrics by Elton John and Tim Rice, is a beautiful love story about a Nubian princess, Aida, who finds herself falling in love with Radames, an Egyptian soldier who is betrothed to the Pharaoh's daughter, Amneris. As their forbidden love blossoms, Aida is forced to weight her heart against the responsibility that she faces as leader of her people.

Jessica Staples as Aida, Delanie Wiedrich as Amneris
Costumes: David McCarl
Set Design: John Paul
Lighting Design: Steve Smith

Playing the role of Aida is no easy task, and we could think of no one better than our very own Jessica Staples. She's a Junior BFA this year, and was thrilled to get to step into this challenging role. "AIDA has been an unbelievable experience in every way possible. This beautiful story is something we need now more than ever. I've learned a plethora of things from working with two extremely talented people as principle characters [Gabe Sell and Delanie Wiedrich]. Learning to abandon vocal perfection and just be present is something that I will carry with me through every show."

Understudying Jessica in this role is MSU Theatre newcomer, Anastasia Ellis. She's a Music Major, and was thrilled to be a part of this production. Anastasia will be going on as Aida this Sunday, April 9th, and Thursday, April 13th.

Jessica Staples as Aida, Delanie Wiedrich as Amneris, and Gabe Sell as Radames

AIDA is one of our biggest casts this year, and we're excited for you to see many new faces up on the stage! Directed by Melissa Rosenberger, with Music Direction by Nick Wayne, the cast and crew have worked extremely hard on a show they're all very proud to present. You won't want to miss this production. The show runs April 6-9 and 13-15 in the Ted Paul Theatre. As usual, you can purchase your tickets online at, or call/visit us at the Box Office at 507-389-6661 Mon-Fri from 4-6 PM. We look forward to seeing you at the theatre!

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