Performing Arts Series 2014-2015
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Theatre Arts and Dance
A Dark Comedy/Fantasy by Caryl Churchill
Directed by Dr. Andrea Moon
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
AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
Drama by Tracy Letts
Directed by Ken Womble
Featuring Equity Guest Artists David Grapes and Megan Van De Hey
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.
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
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.
Drama by Lynn Nottage
Directed By Shelly Gaza
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.
CHILDREN OF EDEN
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
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.”
SPRING DANCE CONCERT
Artistic Direction by Monte Black<
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.
ONCE IN A LIFETIME
Comedy/Farce by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
Directed by David Grapes
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.
UNC Opera Theatre
Opera Scenes: “Mezzo Mania”
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2PM & 7:30PM
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
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.
Opera Scenes: “Epistles: Letters in Opera”
SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 2PM & 7:30PM
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!
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.