PULLMAN, Wash. — The opera program at Washington State University’s School of Music and Theatre Arts’ will present a full production April 16-17 of George Bizet’s “Carmen.”

The performances will be at 8 p.m. Friday, April 16 and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 17 at Bryan Hall Theatre. Tickets are $8 for general admission and $4 for students and senior citizens. Tickets will be sold from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 14-16 in the Kimbrough Concert Hall lobby and will be available at the door.

“Carmen” will be directed by Julie Anne Wieck and will be accompanied by WSU’s Symphony Orchestra, directed by Christopher von Baeyer, both WSU faculty members.

Due to the difficulty of the part of Don Jose, the WSU program hired Vermont native Wayne Hobbs for the role. He has played a number of operatic roles and has performed in Italy, Germany, Austria and Canada.

Other cast members include Jamie Miller (Carmen), Holly Robinette (Micaela), Lucas Anderson (Escamillo), Erich Bielski (Zuniga), Katherine Jansen (Frasquita), Marlene Berner (Mercedes), Tony Rosetti (El Remendo) and Matthew Lauckhart (El Dancairo). The production also includes a chorus of 21 dragoons, gypsies, smugglers and cigarette girls.