Directed by Judy Matetzschk-Campbell
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Written by Margaret Larlham
Choreography by Sarah Rostoker
Production Director/Stage Manager – Bill Sheffield
Costume Designer – Emily Cawood
Lighting Designer/Touring Stage Manager – Steve Meyers
Property Designer – Rachel Magee
Actors – Pollyanna Theatre Company
Dancers – Ballet Austin Trainees
Judy Matetzschk-Campbell, Ph.D., Director
Dr. Matetzschk-Campbell received her Ph.D. in Theatre – Text Criticism from the University of Texas at Austin in May of 1996. An award- winning director, Dr. Matetzschk-Campbell has directed 22 productions for young audiences in the Austin area. Some of her favorite productions have been Degas’ Little Dancer
, 3X Andersen: The Emperor’s New Clothes
, and Rumpelstiltskin’s Daughter
which she developed for the stage with Emily Cicchini.
Her current work focuses around the development of new dramatic literature for young audiences, the creation of teacher/student enrichment materials to accompany theatre productions. Dr. Matetzschk-Campbell specializes in helping educators design and implement programming that merges the energy and creativity of theatre with a wide variety of curriculum concerns.
Professional New Play Dramaturgy credits include work for professional theatres such as St. Louis’ Metro Theatre Company, Tempe, Arizona’s Childsplay Theatre, and Indianapolis’ Bonderman Youth Playwrighting Symposium.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg in 1756. His musician father, Leopold, spent many hours tutoring Wolfgang’s older sister and was, as a result, constantly exposing the boy to music from an extremely young age. By the age of five, Mozart was competent in both the piano and violin, and began to compose himself. Leopold felt he had a duty to nurture his children’s musical skill, and took them on tours to Munich and Vienna. Word of Wolfgang and his sister’s musical genius spread throughout the royal courts of Europe, with Wolfgang and Leopold eventually making their names known in Paris and London.
In 1773, at the age of 17, Wolfgang became a court musician in Salzburg. He held this position for four years before seeking employment elsewhere in Europe. His opera Indomeneo
achieved great success in 1781, and Mozart was called to Vienna, where he settled as a freelance composer and married his wife Constanze.
Mozart became revered throughout Europe after the premieres of his famous operas and concertos, including The Marriage of Figaro
and Don Giovanni
. In the last year of his life he was particularly productive creatively, composing some of his most admired works including a series of string quartets, piano and clarinet concerto, and his unfinished Requium
. He died in December of 1791, unable to witness the excitement his final opera generated over the next year.
Margaret Larlham, Playwright
Margaret Larlham is a resident playwright, director, and choreographer for the Theatre for Youth Program at San Diego State University. Ms. Larlham’s plays include Tom + Huck + Jim
, Jungle Book
, and Fire + Mist
. Awards include the Bonderman Play Development Award (for Tortilla Moon
), an ASSITEJ Observership Award, an SDSU Research and Creative Activity Award.
Sarah Rostoker, Choreographer
Sarah Rostoker began her tenure at Ballet Austin as a Ballet Austin Trainee and Pedagogy Intern during 2006-2008. During this time she studied with Stephen Mills, Michelle Martin, and Lynne Short, and performed works by Mr. Mills, Gina Patterson, and Thaddeus Davis.
Since the fall of 2009, Ms. Rostoker has been involved with multi-faceted projects, including helping to create diverse multi-media interactives such as Hamlet
, Peter and the Wolf
, The Firebird
, and Swan Lake
. She debuted as a choreographer for the collaborative educational production of Symphony of Clouds
(Feb 2010). She is a fluent American Sign Language interpreter, and she interpreted educational programming for Ballet Austin's Studio Spotlight
, Peter and the Wolf
, The Nutcracker
Docent Program (for the Texas School for the Deaf), and The Nutcracker
Sarah is currently assisting with grant-writing for Ballet Austin under Associate Artistic Director Michelle Martin’s direction.