Jan. 10, 2006 -- Fresh from an enormously successful fall season,
the University of Wyoming Department of Theatre and Dance offers an
exhilarating schedule for the spring semester.
All ticket prices are $13 general public, $11 senior citizens, and $6 UW students unless otherwise noted.
The scheduled performances:
Feb. 12, 1:30 p.m., Fine Arts Center Studio Theatre -- A special benefit performance of "Frequency 98.6," which was sold out during its regular run in the fall. A donation of $10 is suggested. All proceeds from the show will be used to defray the costs of taking the production to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival regional competition.
Feb. 14-18, 7:30 p.m., Fine Arts Center Main Stage -- "The Beggar's Opera" by John Gay, directed by Larry L. Hensel. Gay's ground-breaking 18th century "ballad opera" is a sly and lively romp through the seedy London underworld of 1720. First produced in 1728, this tongue-in-cheek piece not only originated the ballad opera form, but also politically incorrect and socially satirical musical theatre.
March 2-4, 7:30 p.m., Arts and Sciences auditorium -- "Collected Dances, Part 2," choreographed by dance faculty members. Vertical dance returns to the UW stage in this second diverse compilation of dances. For their final dance concert of the season, UW dance faculty members Mel Claridge, Margaret Wilson, and Vincent Brosseau mix it up with highly inventive ballet, modern, jazz, swing pieces and more remarkable dance in three dimensions.
April 21-25, 7:30 p.m., Fine Arts Center Main Stage -- "The Women of Lockerbie," by Deborah Brevoort, directed by Rebecca Hilliker. Written in the form of a Greek tragedy, this lyrical drama flows gracefully through the landscape of grief, affirming life and love over hate, in the aftermath of the 1988 terrorist attack in Lockerbie, Scotland, that killed all 259 people on board and 11 more on the ground.
2006 UW Theatre and Dance "Second Season" events:
Jan. 27-28, 7:30 p.m., UW Fine Arts Building Crane Studio, $5 at the door -- "Un-American Activities," by Keith Hull, directed by Lou Anne Wright and William Missouri Downs. A special benefit performance for UW playwrights, this new play is based on the original transcripts from the House Committee on Un-American Activities. This timely piece intertwines the real testimonies of such celebrities as Paul Roberson and Ronald Reagan with the fictional story of an Oscar-winning Hollywood starlet and her preparation to appear before the committee.
March 11, 8 p.m., Arts and Sciences auditorium, $12 general public, and $8 for students and senior citizens -- American College Dance Festival Gala Concert, about 50 pieces representing 30 dance programs are presented throughout the festival for adjudication and critique by Bill Evans, Claire Porter, and other internationally-known choreographers.
April 3-5, Fine Arts Studio Theatre, "Student-Directed One Acts," price to be announced -- A popular annual event that features six or more one-act plays and represents the culmination of UW's second-year directing class projects. Talented student directors and performers showcase their growth, expertise, and hard work in this wide variety of pieces.
Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2006