‘The Gift of the Magi’ adapted for Socorro audience

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The featured piece at tonight’s Victorian Feast at New Mexico Tech is an adaptation of O’Henry’s “Gift of the Magi,” specially commissioned for this event by Music Performance Director Paul Barrientos. In the original story, Jim and Della, a penniless young married couple, each sacrifice their one most treasured belonging to buy the other a Christmas gift.

This adaptation, retooled for New Mexico Tech consumption, pokes gentle fun at several local institutions,including EMRTC and NRAO. The characters Jim and Della, played by Dietrich Bachman and Luana Berger, have been renamed. Jim is now Brad and Della is — yes, you guessed it — Janet. A few additional characters have been introduced into the plot, including the headmistress of the Novel Materials and Techniques (NMT) School of Design, played by Rheda Brown, and a crazy cockney hairdresser who talks to her wigs in Gollum-esque fashion, played by Vicky Gonzales. Vicky’s distinguished father, Jorge Aguilar, plays the role of a mine operator who turns Brad down for a job. It’s safe to say the director and cast have been having great fun.

Other NMT institutions have been conscripted to take part in the festivities. The Swing Club, with the help of an instructional DVD and choreography from Luana Berger, will perform four traditional Victorian era dances, including the Mazurka and the Galop. The NMT Concert Chorus and the NMT Jazz Band will perform English carols and other carefully chosen music that dates back to the Victorian era. Felix Mendelsohn’s “Christus” was chosen, for example, because Mendelsohn was a great favorite of Queen Victoria.

The food part of the feast will be catered by Chartwells and although it doesn’t involve a traditional roast goose, it does include a gooseberry fool for dessert.

 


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