Community Culture

Dana Pierangeli

Not only do the students become more comfortable onstage and grow as singers from performing themselves, but they also gain valuable insight by watching their peers.

Alix Curnow

The notion that Portia and Nerissa are explicitly one way or another on the spectrum of sexuality is not necessarily important. However, the intimate way the two characters interact with one another informs the possibility that they may love one another beyond platonic measures.


Stephen Sondheim’s most underrated musical “Merrily We Roll Along” took the stage of the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre the weekend before Spring Break.


“The Beach” is all-white, including the “shore” and the sea of balls. The only pops of color come from blow-up toys such as a pink flamingo or a striped inner-tube.

Vern Smith

It may seem that in recent years certain parties have come around to acknowledging this war’s failure with the advent of legal marijuana in several U.S. states and Canada, Smith remains insistent that both federal governments are irrational as ever about it.

Kristin Kuster

Many of Kuster’s goals — as a chair of composition and, it seems, as an active member of the composing community in general — align with this idea of addressing recent political developments in the world.

Troy Bolton, "High School Musical"

I found the strength in myself to face my demons, and they were a lot less scary when they looked like Troy Bolton.

"The Exonerated"

The sudden change from extremely dark subject matter to inspiring legal challenges made me question the plot, particularly the selection of these six specific cases and the degree to which they are representative of the larger American criminal justice system.

Ryan Cox

The phones didn’t really emerge as a plot device in many of the scenes; they just seemed like they were there, and they were distracting. They felt like a red sock in a load of white shirts.

Zachary M.S. Waarala

The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and select pianists from the Doctor of Musical Arts program in SMTD performed a two-part series of classical orchestra pieces at Hill Auditorium over the weekend on Friday and Saturday nights.