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O’Riley to perform in ISU Theatre’s ‘Amadeus’

Published: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 10:39 a.m. CDT

AMES — Jessica O’Riley of Cromwell will perform in Iowa State University (ISU) Theatre’s production of “Amadeus” that opens Feb. 28. O’Riley, a sophomore in performing arts, will play a citizen of Vienna.

“Amadeus” tells the story of musician/composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

This play by Peter Shaffer is about the envy of one rival, Antonio Salieri, who may have been a third-rate composer, but deeply loved first rate music and was able to tell the difference between his own work and that of Mozart’s. This recognition did not lead to hero worship, but to a plan for Mozart’s destruction.

Amadeus is, as Shaffer himself wrote, “a fantasia based on fact.” It is also a script that has drawn some of the greatest actors in the world, awards on two continents, and finally the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Iowa State University Theatre’s production opens 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in Fisher Theatre in the ISU Center. Other performance dates are 7:30 p.m. March 1, 7 and 8 and 2 p.m. March 2 and 9 in Fisher Theater, Ames. 

Tickets are priced at $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and $9 for students. Tickets can be purchased through any TicketMaster, Iowa State Center Ticket Office in Ames, or at the door before performances.

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