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Mozart's story comes alive at theater

March 01, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

The story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart came to life Sunday at The Maryland Theatre.

As part of a family concert, actor Elic Bramlett played the role of Mozart in a program designed to introduce children to classical music.

Sunday's family concert included a preconcert event at Washington County Free Library, where children were read a story about Mozart, heard a musical demonstration from a flutist and did an art project in honor of the famous composer.

The concert at The Maryland Theatre included 23 excerpts from Mozart's music.

While the music played, Bramlett appeared onstage in period attire while his son, Karl, played by Andrew Redlawsk, talked dejectedly in a play about how he is never able to be with his father.

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Karl did not want to return to boarding school and instead wanted to be with his father while he performs.

In the play, Mozart finally agrees to take his son to a performance, where Karl Mozart learns about the pressures on his father and the bonds they share.

In the end, the son realizes he is loved, just two months before his father dies.

The theater was alive with activity as 40 children -- joined by family members and other adults -- scurried through the halls and talked excitedly in their seats before the show started.

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