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The CSUB Opera Theatre Presents “The Old Maid and the Thief”

The Opera Theatre at California State University, Bakersfield will present Italian-American composer Gian Carlo Menotti’s “The Old Maid and the Thief” 2 at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, in the Doré Theatre.

“This delightful hour-long opera is tuneful, refreshing, lighthearted and hilarious, featuring interesting characters. The students have worked very hard to put together a performance they can be proud of,” said CSUB Opera Theatre Director, Dr. Soo-Yeon Park.

The one-act comic opera shows how “The devil couldn’t do what a woman can: make a thief out of an honest man.”

The opera follows Miss Todd, a middle-aged spinster who lives alone with her young servant, Laetitia. One day, while entertaining Miss Pinkerton, a handsome beggar comes to the door and Laetitia convinces Miss Todd to ask him to stay the night. The following day, Miss Todd learns that a criminal has escaped the local prison and he fits the description of the beggar who has been staying at Miss Todd’s house. The two women are in love with him and rob a liquor store to give him money. Miss Todd is upset that Bob, the beggar, does not return her love and goes to the police. But while she is gone, things go awry and don’t end quite as she planned.

The storyline will serve the audience an entertaining night at the theatre.

CSUB students are admitted free with ID; Seniors (60+) and students are $7; general admission is $12. Parking is free in Lots B & C. Tickets can be purchased online at

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