University vocalists present Southern Company ONSTAGE


Forrest Bunter sophomore, vocal music major, and Brooke Henry junior, music education major, rehearse for the Southern Company ONSTAGE performance on Wednesday, Nov. 14, in Corley Auditorium.

After 17 years, Southern Company ONSTAGE will perform its very last concert in Corley Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 20.

Southern Company ONSTAGE is a concert evening showcasing the talents of vocal majors and minors. The company will act out selected scenes from the opera The Marriage of Figaro.

“[T]hey are opera scenes that are staged, and they can vary from duets to trios,” said Dr. Susan Smith, director of vocal studies. “We open with a company ensemble. We have 25 in the cast and we finish the opera scenes with the company ensemble as well.”

According to Smith, there are 13 men and 12 women performing. Songs will be sung in Italian, French or English, with the second half of the performance being musical theater numbers.

“This is the biggest one I’ve ever done,” said Smith. “I’ve done it with other operas, but this opera has four acts and would typically be three and a half hours long, so we’re going to tell the story of the marriage of Figaro in not even close to that.”

After 17 years, Smith said, it’s time to move on.

“Some people will say oh, I’ll go next year, but this is going to be the final one,” she said. “This is our big hoorah and we are pulling out all the stops here. The reason is because we have evolved and we want to go on to something else.”

As with every year, she expects a good turnout.

“It is highly entertaining,” she said. “Even if you think ‘I don’t like opera,’ I can guarantee that you will like this … everything is funny. I don’t think you will have a single bored moment.”