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Bruce Wursten, left, and his son Brian, were part of The Night at the Opera at the Mesquite Community Theatre. Photo by Barbara Ellestad.
You didn't have to know a foreign language to appreciate the glorious voices that entertained the Mesquite community during "A Night at the Opera," Friday and Saturday nights, May 18 and 19, at the Mesquite Community Theatre.
Felicia Rolfsmeyer, Rita Hermie, Robin Smith and David Williams began the evening with a Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano and is was all beautiful music and entertainment from there.
Performing classics from a variety of operas, some of them sung in foreign tongue, including The Black Swan, The Laughing Song, and Summertime from Porgy and Bess, the singers showed just how much talent resides in Mesquite.
Perhaps the highlight of the evening was the duet of Bruce Wursten and his son Brian, singing the number Solenne in Quest'ora, composed by Giuseppe Verdi. The elder Wursten will soon celebrate his 80th birthday. It was quite heartwarming to hear the father and son so perfectly match their complementary
voices. It was even better to watch the joy they experienced singing together.
Not to be outdone, the mother and daughter duet of Donna Thomas and Shalynn Allsup singing The Prayer was equally delightful to watch and hear. The beauty of their voices and the love of music they obviously share was evident in their heart-rendering embrace as they finished their song.
Directed by Larry LeMieuz, with Rolfsmeyer serving as Musical Director, the Night at the Opera was enhanced by Stu Duerson's announcing of each piece, providing a backdrop for the audience to appreciate the vocal pieces.
The evening was topped off when the entire cast closed the show with a dynamic, vocal uplifting rendition of Climb Every Mountain by Rodgers and Hammerstein.
With the vocal talent on display at the Mesquite Community Theatre, there's no mountain high enough that Mesquite's talent can't master.
Enjoy a replay of the evening in the two videos below.