The Richmond Register

April 4, 2014

‘The Mighty Casey’

Opens tonight at the Black Box Theatre


Register Staff Report

RICHMOND — Show times for the 19th-century poem turned opera, “The Mighty Casey,” are 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday in the Black Box Theatre of the EKU Center for the Arts.

It is presented by the Eastern Kentucky University music department’s Opera Workshop and the EKU Opera Guild, a student organization.

Opera-goers will have seats right behind the pitcher’s mound as the story of the Mudville Nine and its star player, “the Mighty Casey,” unfolds.

While living in a “sad little run-down town,” Mudville townspeople rally around their baseball hero to lift their spirits, said director and music professor Joyce Wolf.

In 1953, American composer William Schuman wrote the opera based on Ernest Thayer’s poem “Casey at Bat.” The poem in its entirety can be heard throughout the production, Wolf said.

Snippets of the show were presented to groups of Model Laboratory Elementary School students Thursday. They were encouraged to ask actors and production people questions after the show.

Students wanted to know if any of the actors had ever played baseball, how much “fake grass” was used to create the infield and why there was graffiti on the dugouts, among other questions.

Admission is a suggested donation of $5 for the public and $2 for students. Proceeds help fund the educational activities of the EKU Opera Workshop.