Marble City Opera: ‘The Gift of the Magi’

Marble City Opera began life last May, adding an important chamber opera layer to Knoxville’s music scene dominated by the KSO, Knoxville Opera, and the UT School of Music’s Opera Theatre. Their inaugural production, The Face on the Barroom Floor, opened at the Relix Variety Theatre and continued for numerous performances at Atlanta’s Fringe Festival in June.

Seizing the opportunity for a December production, the company chose David Conte’s 2000 one-act, The Gift of the Magi, based on the O. Henry short story. While the rapidly expanding company will be looking for traditional theatre spaces in 2014, the old brick walls of Remedy Coffee House in Knoxville’s Old City will effectively immerse the audience and performers in the flavor of the New York City tenement apartment of the poor young couple, Jim and Della.

Photo by Chelsea Marlowe

Photo by Chelsea Marlowe


In the cast is Kathryn Frady Marvel and Scott Beasley as Della and Jim, with Brandon Gibson and Sarah Fitch as the couple’s friends, Henry and Maggie. The stage director is Corrine Hayes; the ensemble will be conducted by Rachel Grubb.

The production runs all weekend, Friday thru Sunday, December 13-15, at 7:30 p.m.
Remedy Coffee, 125 W. Jackson Ave. in the Old City



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