For the season's opening act, the UA Opera Theater is bringing to life a Mozart classical.

The Magic Flute was written by the classical composer and one of his friends, Emanuel Schikaneder, who was a theater actor. The sole purpose of their work was to entertain people, said David Ward, stage director of The Magic Flute. "It wasn't so serious, it was more for fun," he added.

The opera, which was written in the form of a singspiel, a popular German form that includes both singing and spoken language, presents the story of a prince as he takes on a journey to find the love of his life, Ward explained.

The production includes more than 100 students from the UA School of Music, the UA School of Dance and the UA Department of German, as well as a collaboration with the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, who lent the production a prop dragon.

The Magic Flute is opening Thursday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the UA's Crowder Hall. It is being presented in conjunction with the Arizona Symphony Orchestra.

For more information call 621-1162.