'Amadeus' depicts composers' rivalry

The Golden Valley High School Advanced Drama Department will present Peter Shaffer's modern classic, "Amadeus," at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 5 and 6, and at 2 p.m. on Jan. 7. The play will be presented at the Golden Valley High School Theatre, 2121 E. Childs Ave.

"Amadeus" is a modern play chronicling the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, played by Shadrach Orange, through the eyes of his rival, Antonio Salieri, played by Christopher Volkerts, a local professional actor. The play tells the story of that rivalry over 20 years, until Mozart's death. Much of the play is fictionalized, according to a news release from the school, but many events in the play are based on actual historic events.The play prèmiered on Broadway in 1980 with Ian McKellen as Salieri, Tim Curry as Mozart and Jane Seymour as Constanze. It ran for 1,181 performances and was nominated for seven Tony Awards. The 1984 film adaptation won an Academy Award for Best Picture. It starred F. Murray Abraham as Salieri (winning the Oscar for Best Actor) and Tom Hulce as Mozart.

The director is Crystal Langley, who is also theater production manager for the school. Costumes are provided by Krumm's Costume Closet. Mozart's music is featured throughout the play.

Shadrach Orange, who plays the title character of Amadeus, said in the news release, "his play has been humbling. I play music, so I understand Mozart’s virtuosity is amazing and like no other composer to date."

Tickets are $5 general admission. Call (209) 385-8080 for more information.