Faculty and students from the Washington State University School of Music will be performing the opera, “A…My Name Is Still Alice,” July 26–28 and Aug. 23–24 at the Bryan Hall Theatre on the Pullman campus.
Written in the 1990s by a wide variety of writers, lyricists, and composers, “A…My Name Is Still Alice” explores issues facing contemporary women, which sadly remain all too relevant 30 years later. The music ranges from gospel to country western to rock to some glorious pop ballads, moving the audience from laughter to tears in a fast-paced montage. The New York Times wrote that the show “Forgoes the meat cleaver for the ostrich plume and clearly would rather tickle a male chauvinist pig to death than hack him to pieces.”
The cast for the School of Music production includes faculty members Julie Anne Wieck, also director, and Lori Wiest, joined by voice majors Katherine Berndt, Anya Guadamuz and Sarah Daniels. Also performing are Elena Panchenko, piano, Nicholas Theriault, percussion and Jackson Bores, bass.
Wieck and Wiest last performed in this show in 2002 as a fundraiser for WSU Visual, Performing and Literary Arts Committee, led by Marty Mullen. The two women joined together to bring the show back to campus this summer with Theresa Wolf Spencer and Phyllis Gooden‑Young, faculty members from the theatre department, as well as community member Jane Lear.
“We have enjoyed discussing the progress women have made and the challenges still ahead,” Wieck said. “As the opening song says, it is always “two steps forward, one step back.”
The show is rated PG‑13 as it includes mild adult themes.
- July 26 and 27 from 7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
- July 28 from 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
- August 23 and 24 from 7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
Tickets available one hour before performance. $10 students/senior citizens; $15 general admission.