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2012-2013 Power Series

Experience the excitement — Buy season tickets now!

Where else can you find the best of opera, drama, dance, and musical theatre in one convenient package? The School of Music, Theatre & Dance is delighted to announce the 29th Power Series, with an array of unforgettable works by masters of their mediums. From Mozart’s operatic story of seduction and the supernatural, to Shakespeare’s mystical tale of mischief and romance, to irresistible creations from the song writing team of George and Ira Gershwin, and to the genius of 2010 Kennedy Award Honoree Bill T. Jones, the 2012-2013 Power Series offers a chance to revel in the true masterpieces of each genre. Our 2012-2013 Power Series has it all - Don Giovanni (opera), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Drama), Translation (Dance), and Crazy for You (Musical Theatre).


Series Information
Series A: Thursday Evenings, 7:30 pm on Nov 8, Dec 6, Feb 7, and Apr 18
Series B: Friday Evenings, 8 pm on Nov 9, Dec 7, Feb 8, and Apr 19
Series C: Saturday Evenings, 8 pm on Nov 10, Dec 8, Feb 9, and Apr 20
Series D: Sunday Afternoons, 2 pm on Nov 11, Dec 9, Feb 10, and Apr 21


All performaces are in the Power Center for the Performing Arts at 121 N Fletcher - Seating Chart

Center Orchestra & Balcony  (Sections 2-4, 7-9)   $88.00

Side Orchestra & Balcony (Sections 1, 5, 6, & 10)  $68.00

Subscriber Benefits

Subscribing to the 2012-2013 Power Series brings you four spectacular dance, musical theatre, opera, and theatre productions featuring the stars of tomorrow on our stages today. Only Subscribers Receive:

• Priority Seating: When you are a subscriber, we will give you exclusive seating preference and reserve your seats for the entire season.
• Ticket Insurance: Lost your tickets? Not to worry — we shall replace them.
• Flexibility: Has your schedule changed? We shall exchange your tickets for a different performance of the same production at no charge up to 48 hours before the performance.
• Don’t pay full price: You receive a 15% discount for your series tickets along with any single tickets you purchase for the remaining six School of Music, Theatre & Dance mainstage productions.
• Get ‘Em First: You receive priority ordering privileges for all School of Music, Theatre & Dance productions including the annual Halloween and Collage Concerts, Musical Theatre Studios, and the Musical Theatre Senior Showcase.
• Be in the know! You will be notified of exciting upcoming UM School of Music, Theatre & Dance events in advance of the general public.

Some Helpful Information

• Shortly after receipt of your order, we shall mail you a confirmation.
• Subscribers may exchange tickets at no cost for the same production up to 48 hours before curtain, subject to availability. No refunds.
• As a Power Series subscriber, you are entitled to a discount of over 15% off single ticket prices and priority seating for the remaining six School of Music, Theatre & Dance performing arts productions in the Mendelssohn and Arthur Miller Theatres.
• Plays, casts and schedules are subject to change.

Order now! - It's easy to buy season tickets
By Phone: Call (734) 764-2538. There is a $3.50 handling fee per order for ordering by phone. Please have your Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover card number and expiration date ready.

In Person: The League Ticket Office is located in the Michigan League Building at 911 N. University at Fletcher Street.
Hours: Monday - Friday from 9 AM - 5 PM and Saturday from 10 AM - 1 PM
Summer Hours (May - August): 10 AM - 5 PM, Monday - Friday


The Shows:

Don Giovanni

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart • Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
University Opera Theatre directed by Robert Swedberg
University Symphony Orchestra conducted by Christopher Lees
Sung in Italian with projected English translations

November 8 at 7:30 PM

November 9 & 10 at 8 PM

November 11 at 2 PM

The Story: Based on the story of the libertine Don Juan, the opera tells the tale of Don Giovanni, a reckless philanderer who seduces women (more than 1000 according to his carefully detailed catalog) in total disregard for civil and divine authority. But in the wake of a life lived to excess, his day of reckoning finally approaches. Caught in the act of seducing the Commendatore’s daughter Donna Anna, Giovanni accidentally kills the Commendatore when he comes to defend his daughter’s honor. After more misdeeds and attempted seductions, Giovanni finds himself pursued by those he has wronged. Hiding in a churchyard, he unexpectedly meets the specter of the Commendatore in the form of a statue. Still unabashedly defiant, Giovanni invites the statue to supper, only to discover the irrevocable consequences for his dissolute actions as the statue exacts his revenge.

Background: From the commanding opening chords of the overture, through brilliant arias and ensembles, to the shattering music of Giovanni’s damnation, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart displayed his highest operatic genius in this musical version of the Don Juan myth. Stunning orchestral composition supports the blending of stark tragedy and high comedy that was innovative at the opera’s premiere in 1787. George Bernard Shaw considered Don Giovanni to be the greatest opera ever composed: “...eminent in virtue of its uncommon share of wisdom, beauty, and humor.” Fusing melodies of exquisite beauty with high comedy and dark rumblings of eternal damnation, Don Giovanni continues to captivate along with its enigmatic leading man.


A Midsummer's Night's Dream

By William Shakespeare
Department of Theatre & Drama
Directed by Malcolm Tulip

December 6 at 7:30 PM

December 7 & 8 at 8 PM

December 9 at 2 PM

The Story: On the eve of a royal wedding, four as yet unmatched young lovers escape the city of Athens to pursue their passions. Beyond the walls of the city they enter the wood, a magical wilderness where the King and Queen of Fairies are having their own lovers spat. The foursome is unsuspectingly caught in the middle, as magical potions delivered by the quicksilver spirit Puck further complicate and confuse the paths of love. When a hapless troupe of amateur actors rehearsing for the upcoming nuptials stumbles onto the scene, the mischief and confusion only multiplies. And though the course of true love never does run smooth, in the end all is mended as the moon smiles down on order restored and love everlasting.

Background: One of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream conjures an mystical existence where chaos, love, obsession, and transformation collide. In the four worlds of the Dream; the privilege of the court, the rebellion and hormonal surge of the lovers, the magical domestic unrest of the fairies and the boundless naive enthusiasm of the rude mechanicals are thoroughly interwoven through Shakespeare’s unparalleled lyrical poetry. Combining epiphanies, malicious tricks, spells, abandonments, betrayals, and reconciliations, A Midsummer Night’s Dream leads us on an exhilarating journey through love’s fire.



Choreography by Bill T. Jones and faculty Amy Chavasse, Jessica Fogel, and Sandra Torijano
Department of Dance

February 7 at 7:30 PM

February 8 & 9 at 8 PM

February 10 at 2 PM

The Department of Dance presents Translation, a concert featuring choreography by Bill T. Jones and faculty. Choreographer Jessica Fogel presents Hath Purest Wit: Anagrams for Eight Dancers and Thirteen Letters, inspired by the writings of Marcel Danesi (The Puzzle Instinct). Dancers embody anagrams invoking the act of puzzle solving and insight thinking. Lighthearted and whimsical, the dance includes narration from Danesi’s writings and Lewis Carroll. Intrigued by the sideshow celebrities at state fairs, Amy Chavasse creates Headless Woman, an homage to the curiosities that scintillate our imaginations. A new work by Sandra Torijano will explore Latin American art and poetry. Highlighting the concert is the first section of the 1989 Bessie Award-winner for Choreography, D-Man in the Waters, by the multi-talented Bill T. Jones. Created shortly after the death of his partner Arnie Zane from AIDS and dedicated to a dancer who was raging his own battle against the disease, D-Man in the Waters celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and survival. Set to Mendelssohn’s “Octet for Strings in E-flat Major,” the dance is a “joyously defiant affirmation of life” (NY Times).


Crazy for You

Music & Lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin • Book by Ken Ludwig
Department of Musical Theatre
Director TBA

Music Direction by Catherine Walker Adams

April 18 at 7:30 PM

April 19 & 20 at 8 PM

April 21 at 2 PM

The Story: Bobby Child, a well-to-do playboy of the 1930s, yearns to dance on Broadway, but his mother expects him to join the family banking business. To get him away from the stage, she sends him to the small town of Deadrock, Nevada, to foreclose on the local theatre. Bobby arrives in Deadrock and promptly falls in love with the theatre owner’s daughter, Polly. Determined to fulfill all of his dancing dreams, Bobby hatches a scheme to save the theatre with a grand show featuring the townsfolk. However, the cowboys can’t dance, Polly hates him, and the show has no audience. Can Bobby save the theatre, become a star, and win Polly’s heart?

Background: When Crazy for You opened on Broadway in February, 1992, after a decade of British musical imports, Frank Rich of the New York Times declared “When future historians try to find the exact moment at which Broadway finally rose up to grab the musical back from the British, they just may conclude that the revolution began last night…[when] a riotously entertaining show called Crazy for You uncorked the American musical’s classic blend of music, laughter, dancing, sentiment and showmanship.” Loosely based on the Gershwin’s 1930 musical Girl Crazy, playwright Ken Ludwig (Lend me a Tenor, The Beaux' Stratagem) adapted the classic tale of boy gets girl after many obstacles and blended it with 19 of George and Ira Gershwin’s most beloved songs. The musical won the Tony, Drama Desk, and Olivier Awards for Best Musical and Best Choreography. From “Embraceable You” to “I Got Rhythm” and “They Can’t Take that Away from Me,” Crazy for You is pure fun.


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