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Performing Arts Series 2014-2015

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A Dark Comedy/Fantasy by Caryl Churchill

Directed by Dr. Andrea Moon

Norton Theatre
September 25, 26, 27, 30 and October 1, 2, 3, 4 at 7:30pm
September 28 and October 5 at 2pm

When Caryl Churchill tells a fairy tale, it’s not likely to conclude with happily ever after. In The Skriker, the author of Cloud 9, Top Girls and Mad Forest takes a surreal folklore character and brings it into the present to deliver a disturbing message about a world out of balance.

Drawing from British folklore, Churchill drops the Skriker, an ageless shapeshifter, into contemporary London. There she haunts two young women, one who is pregnant and one who is suspected of killing her child. While neither innocence nor shrewdness is effective against the ubiquitous Skriker, as she appears in forms ranging from a petulant child to a barfly, the line between victim and predator is cloudy. Even language mutates in this startling phantasmagoria about death and damage.
Rated PG 13


Drama by Tracy Letts

Directed by Ken Womble

Featuring Equity Guest Artists David Grapes and Megan Van De Hey

Langworthy Theatre
October 16, 17, 18 at 7:30pm

October 19 at 2pm

Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best
Play, August: Osage County is the densely plotted saga of an Oklahoma clan in
 a state of near-apocalyptic meltdown.

In Tracy Letts’ ferociously turbo-charged tragicomedy play, the American dysfunctional family drama comes roaring into the 21st century with eyes blazing, nostrils flaring and fangs bared, laced with corrosive humor so darkly delicious and ghastly that you’re squirming in your seat even as you’re doubled over laughing. Packed with unforgettable characters, the play is a massive meditation on the cruel realities that often belie standard expectations of conjugal and family accord—not to mention the decline of American integrity itself.
Rated R


Musical with book and lyrics by Bill Russell and music by Henry Krieger
Directed and Choreographed by John Leonard

Musical Direction by Dr. Richard Shore

Norton Theatre
October 30, 31 and November 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 at 7:30pm

November 1, 2 and 8, 9 at 2pm

Nominated in 1997 for 4 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Side Show not only launched the Broadway careers of Emily Skinner and Alice Ripley, but soon became a cult classic.

Based on the true story of conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton, who became stars during the Depression, Side Show is a daring and enthralling portrait of two women joined at the hip whose extraordinary bondage brings them fame but denies them love. Told almost entirely in song, the show follows their progression from England to America, around the vaudeville circuit and to Hollywood on the eve of their appearance in the 1932 movie Freaks.
Rated PG-13


Drama by Lynn Nottage

Directed By Shelly Gaza

Norton Theatre
February 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 at 7:30pm
February 8 and 15 at 2pm

Winner of the 2004 New York Drama Critics Circle and the Outer Critics CirclAwards for Best Play, Intimate Apparel is a deeply moving portrait of Esther, a middle-aged African-American seamstress, who lives in a boarding house for women and sews intimate apparel for clients who range from wealthy white patrons to prostitutes. Her skills and discretion are much in demand, and she has managed to stuff a goodly sum of money into her quilt over the years.

One by one, the other denizens of the boarding house marry and move away, but Esther remains, lonely and longing for a husband and a future. Written by the award-winning playwright Lynn Nottage, Intimate Apparel offers poignant commentary on the turn of the century era when the cut and color of one’s dress—and of course, skin—determined whom one could and could not marry, sleep with, or even talk to in public.
Rated PG-13

Spring 2015


Musical with book by John Caird
Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

Based on a concept by Charles Lisanby

Directed and Choreographed by Matthew Herrick

Musical Direction by Dr. Richard Shore

Langworthy Theatre
March 4, 5, 6, 7 at 7:30pm

March 8 at 2pm

Full of joyous music by legendary composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin) and freely based on the story of Genesis, Children of Eden is
 a frank, heartfelt and humorous examination of the conflict between parents and children.

Adam, Eve, Noah and the “Father” who created them deal with the cataclysmic actions of their headstrong children. Children of Eden delivers a bittersweet, inspiring message: “the hardest part of love... is letting go.”

Rated PG


Artistic Direction by Monte Black<

Langworthy Theatre
April 2, 3, 4 at 7:30pm

Ladies First promises to be an evening of thought-provoking dance works choreographed entirely by female artists. These outstanding choreographers
hail from the collegiate environment as well as the independent professional world.

Spring Dance 2014 brought you the talents of male choreographers from every aspect of the field. Not to be outdone, this cadre of female choreographers represent the best of the region and are sure to leave you invigorated by their collective voice resounding in the world of concert dance.
Rated PG


Comedy/Farce by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
Directed by David Grapes

Langworthy Theatre
April 23, 24, 25 at 7:30
April 26 at 2pm

Set in the 1930s, Once in a Lifetime is a wacky tale of three on-the-skids vaudeville troupers heading for Hollywood to try their luck at the newest craze: “talkies.”

After hilarious misadventures and blunders, the unassuming George is carried to fame and fortune, becoming (for a short time) a captain of the film industry. This wild comedy romp offers slapstick humor and all the lunacy of a Hollywood film set.
Rated PG

UNC Opera Theatre

FALL 2014

Opera Scenes: “Mezzo Mania”

Hensel Phelps Theatre, UCCC

We celebrate the glory of the mezzo-soprano voice with scenes from operas in which the “middle” soprano voice steps up to the leading or featured roles. The program will include our Opera-in-Education featuring a reduced version of Rossini’s la Cenerentola (Cinderella) performed in English.

Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio

With the UNC Wind Ensemble
Kenneth Singleton, conductor

NOVEMBER 20-22, 7:30PM

Langworthy Theatre

What’s a British nobleman supposed to do when his betrothed is abducted and taken to a Turkish Harem? Steal her back, of course! Mozart’s light, imaginative singspiel is performed in German with English supertitles, featuring a new orchestral transcription for wind ensemble by Dr. Kenneth Singleton and directed by Brian Clay Luedloff.

Spring 2015

Opera Scenes: “Epistles: Letters in Opera”

Hensel Phelps Theatre, UCCC

A letter is late, a note is noticed, a missive goes missing, and suddenly the entire plot of the opera is changed. Our program features scenes from operas as diverse as Rossini’s Barber of Seville to Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin; from comedy to tragedy we’ll exploit every plot twist on paper in this grand and glorious thing called opera!

Bizet’s Carmen

The University Symphony Orchestra with Russell Guyver, conductor

APRIL 24 & 25, 7:30PM

Monfort Concert Hall, UCCC

Few women in opera evoke such passionate response as Bizet’s gypsy temptress, Carmen. Is she just using the officer Don José or might she really love him after all?

Presented in the original dialogue version, this production is performed in French, with supertitles, featuring our own award-winning University Symphony Orchestra with Dr. Russell Guyver; directed by Brian Clay Luedloff.