Envy, genius drive stage drama

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Junior Mason Tyer portrays the frenetic Mozart in ISU Theatre's production of Amadeus. Photo by Nancy Thompson.

Fiction based in history is the backdrop for ISU Theatre's production of Amadeus, which highlights a perceived rivalry between music composers Antonio Salieri and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The drama begins its two-weekend run at Fisher Theater Feb. 28.

Genius and envy are the driving forces behind the Academy and Tony award-winning work by Peter Shaffer. Salieri, who will never be anything more than average as a composer despite sacrificing everything, is affronted by the effortless genius of the boorish Mozart. Although he admires the transcendent quality in Mozart's music, Salieri's jealousy spills over into rage and a tragic result.

Juniors Christopher Priebe (Salieri) and Mason Tyer (Mozart) headline an 18-member cast. Theatre program director and professor Jane Cox is the stage director.

Tickets are $17 ($15 for seniors, $9 for students) and are available at the Stephens Auditorium ticket office, through Ticketmaster and at the door. Friday and Saturday show times are 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m.