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UW Theatre and Dance Sets 2001/2002 Performance Season

By Harry Woods

The University of Wyoming Department of Theatre and Dance had added a sixth production to its new season schedule, and will now feature two dance concerts starting this year. In the spring, UW Dance Theatre will present "A New Season for Dance" featuring the work of guest artist Bill Evans along with work by three UW faculty members.

All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. except for Sunday matinees that begin at 2 p.m. Individual tickets remain $9.50 for the general public, $8 for senior citizens and $5 for UW students. Tickets can be purchased through the Fine Arts Ticket Office at (307) 766-6666 or the Wyoming Union at (307) 766-3327. Season tickets, available through the Fine Arts Ticket Office only, cost $51 for the public, or $42 for seniors.

The season will open Oct. 2-7 with Moliere's classic comedy "The Miser," directed by Roger May of Actors From the London Stage (AFLS). May has acted and directed for AFLS for many years and performed with the group on the UW stage.

Professor Patricia Tate will choreograph the season's second production, "Carmina Burana: Landscape of the Interior." The classic piece with music by Carl Orff will be presented in dance form only Nov. 6-11, featuring special lighting effects

The third production and the one most avant garde will be "Balm In Gilead," by Lanford Wilson, Dec. 5 13. Directed for the studio theatre by UW professor Leigh Selting, "Balm," written in 1965, features 26 characters. It is set in an all night coffee shop on New York's upper Broadway, where riff raff, the bums, the petty thieves, the lost, and the desperate of the big city come together.

The department's fourth production is "Arcadia," written by Tom Stoppard and directed by UW professor Lee Hodgson Feb. 12-17. This brilliant play moves smoothly between two centuries and explores the nature of truth and time, the difference between classical and romantic temperaments, and the influence of sex on our life orbits the attraction Newton left out.

The fifth production will be UW Dance Theatre: "A New Season for Dance," performed in the Arts and Sciences auditorium March 15 17. It will feature guest choreographer Bill Evans and work by UW dance faculty members Margaret Stalder, Marsha Knight and Patricia Tate. This work will showcase the talent of increasing number of UW dance majors.

Ending the performance season will be the touching and loving tender drama, "The Diary of Anne Frank," dramatized by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. Directed by professor Rebecca Hilliker, it will play April 30 May 5. This emotional play captures the life of Anne Frank and her family and the impassioned story of the lives of people persecuted under Nazi rule.

Not included in the regular production season will be a special performance of vertical dance. "Life in the Balance: Vertical Dance at Vedauwoo," choreographed by Margaret Stalder and Neil Humphrey, will be performed at the Vedauwoo recreation area Sept. 8-9 at 1 p.m. All tickets are $5.

The fifth annual Gladys Crane Mountain Plains Film Festival will once again kick off the fall semester with a series of documentary, feature, short, narrative, animated and experimental films the weekend of Sept. 14 16. The festival features films that deal with diversity and the changing landscape around us. It presents films and filmmakers that challenge the status quo and expand our understanding of, and desire for, free thought and expression. Ticket packages for the film festival are available through the Fine Arts Ticket Office only. For more information call the Theatre and Dance publicity office at (307) 766-2160.

Posted on Wednesday, August 01, 2001

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