As most public school kids in America will remember from their ninth grade English class, “The Lord of the Flies” by William Goldingis is the quintessential dystopian novel of our childhood. While I was never fully convinced by the 1940’s classic that humans in general, let alone 12 year old boys could collapse into madness so easily, the University department of Theatre and Drama performance may have convinced me otherwise.
The “Seven Deadly Sins” is such an iconic image that even my theatrical scenic design class incorporated it into our lesson plan. The final project of Introduction to Scenic Design (THTREMUS 240) taught by Rob Murphy asked us to create costume designs for each sin, incorporating the animal and color related to the sin in mythology, as well as an artist of our choosing. I’m no artist, as you will see from the frequent eraser marks and poorly drawn features, but the project was a fascinating way to explore these classic vices and what impact they have on society.
Few pieces of music carry the magnitude of meaning that can be ascribed to Benjamin Britten's “War Requiem.” The work combines traditional requiem texts with poetry by Wilfred Owens about World War I. It calls for three separate performing groups: a full orchestra with choir and soprano soloist, a chamber orchestra with baritone and tenor soloists and a children’s choir accompanied by organ.
The Voices Valiant Choir is famous for their heartwarming and welcoming concerts. Young or old, everyone enjoys exciting music and audience participation. But the special part is no one feels old when they're listening. As the well-known American Choir Teacher Helen Kemp proclaims and the choir echoes, “You don’t stop singing because you get old; you get old because you stop singing.”
Voices Valiant performed their Fall semester concert on December 14th at 11am in the STAMPS Auditorium. They are getting ready for the new semester by welcoming new members and beginning new music.
For most of us jaded Michiganders and northern state residents, the snow lost its magic long ago. Of course we want a white Christmas and maybe even a snow day if we’re lucky, but for the most part, it’s a nuisance.
“Dance has been a really special thing to help me build my confidence, both in my voice physically and vocally,” said School of Music, Theatre & Dance senior Sally Butin.
Though Butin doesn’t speak in her pieces, she has found her voice through dance. Over the years, Butin has been inspired by her peers and mentors to express herself and channel her own ideals into her artform. With her senior recital quickly approaching, this is what inspired her pieces.
On the day of October 1st (sometimes even before that), our campus suddenly turns orange. Lattes are pumpkin flavored, candy is a meal and “spooky szn” is the go-to Instagram caption. Even concerts take on a special theme. The School of Music, Theatre & Dance University Philharmonia Orchestra in joint effort with Universtiy Symphony Orchestra has been putting on their annual Halloween Concert for years, contributing to the spooky season and pleasing long time patrons.
Basement Arts broke from tradition this year and opened their new season not with a play or musical, but with their brand new “Latinx: Caberéy.” Directed by School of Music, Theatre & Dance senior Lauren Kenner with assistance from SMTD sophomores Ruby Pérez and Sammie Estrella, this performance gave Latinx identifying students the chance to share the pride in their culture with peers.