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Live Musicians to be Featured in Peter Shaffer’s ‘Amadeus’


Amadeus Director Alexander Platt sees the creation of music to be at the core of the story of Amadeus, and therefore feels it is important for the audience to experience the music live. “We felt that because music was one of the most important elements, we didn’t want to just hear the music – we wanted to feel it. And the only way to do that is to have the music being performed in the room with the audience.”

Platt contacted Joseph Amante, Community College of Rhode Island’s Director of Choral Activities and wanted to know if the music of Amadeus could be performed by a more flexible entity than a full orchestra. Inspired by Platt’s idea of adapting Mozart’s music for the theatre, Amante has been developing a score for chamber instruments and a vocal quartet, all students and faculty at CCRI.

Education is a large part of the mission of The Amadeus Project, and Platt is excited by the prospect of having more students involved in the production. Students have been a part of the process from the beginning, earning college credit and fulfilling RI High School Capstone requirements. The Amadeus Project is working to secure college credit for the musicians, but the students are equally excited about their opportunity to perform Mozart’s music for a new audience.

In conjunction with the production, there will be a concert combining the talents of the CCRI singers and the Beneficent Choir on November 11 at the Beneficent Church, showcasing music from both Mozart and his rival in Shaffer’s play, composer Antonio Salieri.

Elemental Theatre Collective, in association with Big Table Productions, will stage Peter Shaffer’s Tony Award winning play, Amadeus, this October and November. Directed by Elemental’s Artistic Director Alexander Platt, the play opens in previews October 29 and runs through November 22 at the Round Top Center at Beneficent Church in downtown Providence. Tickets are available by calling (800) 838-3006 or by visting www.brownpapertickets.com.

Amadeus is being co-produced by Elemental Theatre Collective and Big Table Productions. Big Table Productions is an organization of Rhode Island educational and business leaders, students, and theatre artists that have been working together to create The Amadeus Project, an ongoing curriculum initiative inspired by the play. Their concepts have been implemented in schools and universities across the state throughout the past year, and students have been instrumental in every aspect of this production.

Compiled from the press release courtesy of the Elemental Theatre Collective.

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