KATHRYN A. MARTIN DIRECTS MUSICAL
The Italian American Festival is coming to Duluth beginning on April
22 with the world premiere of The Secret of the Talking Bird,
directed by UMD Chancellor Kathryn A. Martin. This world premiere musical,
written by UMD Associate Professor Tom Isbell, is based on Sicilian
fairy tale by Giuseppe Pitre.
The UMD Theatre will debut the musical at the Marshall Performing Art
Center at 7:30 p.m. from April 22 - 24 and April 28 - May 1 with a 2
p.m. matinee on April 25.
Martin said she has enjoyed the chance to break away from her administrative
duties for a few hours a day and actually work with students. "The
actors are wonderful and we are having a great time putting this play
together," she said.
"Basically the play is the story of three trials, which eventually
are all successfully completed," Martin said. The plot starts when
a dark spell is placed on a once-mighty kingdom. A queen is wrongfully
imprisoned and only one creature can help: the Talking Bird. To reach
him, Angelina and her brothers must climb the tallest mountain in the
land, battling lions, giants and two evil aunts, aided only by eccentric
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about the Italian American Festival 2004