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thumb Mark_Creter_colorTen of Tennessee Tech University’s talented faculty members will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, in a production of Igor Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale.”

Music and theater professors in Tennessee Tech Faculty Chamber Players will perform the musical theater piece, which tells the German legend of Faust, a scholar who made a pact with the Devil for unlimited knowledge and worldly pleasures. Stravinsky wrote his version of the tale, about greed and yearning for a simpler time, at the end of World War I.

TTU theater professor Mark Creter, who is the artistic director for TTU’s Backdoor Playhouse and a founder of Cookeville’s Dogwood Shakespeare Festival, will play the Soldier. Voice professor Diane Pulte will play the Narrator and theater instructor Steven Gwilt, who is the cultural arts coordinator for Cookeville and its Performing Arts Center, will play the Devil.

The chamber orchestra of Bryan Symphony Orchestra principal players will be directed by TTU director of bands Joseph Hermann and includes Wei Tsun Chang, violin; Wonkak Kim, clarinet; James Lotz, bassoon; Charles Decker, trumpet; Joshua Hauser, trombone; Eric Willie, percussion and Cassidy Morgan, double bass. All except Morgan are faculty at TTU.

The performance is free and open to the public. It will be in Wattenbarger Auditorium, which is located in the Bryan Fine Arts building at 1150 N. Dixie Avenue on TTU’s campus.