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In this Bicentennial year, we continue to celebrate the School’s past achievements and to set our sights on future goals. For the 2017-18 Power Series, we are indebted to the dynamic interaction between our faculty and artists in the field, and to the dedicated network of alumni who return to give back to our students. These connections have been invaluable in the creation and presentation of the innovative repertoire that the SMTD has in store for 2017-2018.
We open the 2017-18 Power Series with a new opera Dinner at Eight, by SMTD’s own Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and Professor Emeritus William Bolcom in collaboration with librettist Mark Campbell. Premiered just last month at the Minnesota Opera, Dinner at Eight is based on the Depression-era comedy by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber. Dept. of Theatre & Drama Professor John Neville-Andrews, on the eve of his retirement, directs Shakespeare’s wonderful farce, The Merry Wives of Windsor, featuring the incorrigible, corporal character of Sir John Falstaff. Dancing Globally looks at current influencers of dance from around the world. The concert will bring in guest Ohad Naharin (Batsheva Dance Company) to pair with faculty choreographers Sandra Torijano and Missy Beck. The season closes with another treat originally from 1930s England, the old-fashioned, warm-hearted musical Me and My Girl.
Series A: Thursday Evenings, 7:30 pm on Nov 9, Dec 7, Feb 1, and Apr 12
Series B: Friday Evenings, 8 pm on Nov 10, Dec 8, Feb 2, and Apr 13
Series C: Saturday Evenings, 8 pm on Nov 11, Dec 9, Feb 3, and Apr 14
Series D: Sunday Afternoons, 2 pm on Nov 12, Dec 10, Feb 4, and Apr 15
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) $107.00
Side Orchestra & Balcony (Sections 1, 5, 6, & 10) $84.00
Subscribing to the 20117-2018 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:
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
Nov. 9 at 7:30 PM • Nov. 10 & 11 at 8 PM • Nov. 12 at 2 PM
Directed by Robert Swedberg • Conducted by Kathleen Kelly
Sung in English with projected supertitles
Based on the wildly successful, 1932 Depression-era black comedy by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber, this new opera centers on a Manhattan dinner party. With only a week’s notice, socialite Millicent Jordan frantically tries to pulls together the perfect dinner party to impress visiting English nobility. As she blithely plans the fashionable soiree, her guests all have secrets revealed, with business intrigues, romantic dalliances, disease, and deceits all ready to unravel her carefully planned arrangements.
Commissioned by the Minnesota Opera, Dinner at Eight brings together SMTD’s own Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom (A View from the Bridge) and librettist Mark Campbell (Silent Night, The Manchurian Candidate). The opera premiered in March 2017, with further productions scheduled for the Wexford Festival and Atlanta Opera. The score brilliantly highlights Bolcom’s expertise with American popular music of the 20th century with elements of musical theatre, rhythmic variety, and a deft orchestration that echoes the characters’ personalities. “Dinner at Eight features marital infidelity, financial ruin, social opportunism, a fatal disease…Naturally, it’s a comedy,” states Campbell. With equal parts satiric wit and emotional resonance, Dinner at Eight captures an elite group struggling to keep up appearances as their world crumbles around them.
Listen to excerpts at: http://bit.ly/DinneratEightExcerpts
Dec. 7 at 7:30 PM • Dec. 8 & 9 at 8 PM • Dec. 10 at 2 PM
Directed by John Neville-Andrews
Down on his luck and eager to refill his purse, Sir John Falstaff devises a romantic scheme to solve his financial woes. What could possibly go wrong when the oh-so clever bon vivant sends identical love letters to two married ladies? Plenty, when the merry wives of Windsor unite in mischief to avenge the would-be libertine’s impertinence. When a couple of rash, jealous husbands and two sweet young lovers join the imbroglio, calamity is inevitable. The play is filled with boisterous pranks and clever parody right up to Sir John’s comeuppance – or will Falstaff ultimately get the last laugh?
Written around 1597, The Merry Wives of Windsor gives Shakespeare’s most unforgettable personality, Falstaff, his own tale. Rumored to have been written at the specific request of Queen Elizabeth, Merry Wives has become one of Shakepseare’s most popular comedy and only farce. From the wily, witty Mistresses Ford and Page, to a jealous husband, and to its larger-than-life main man, the play features a plethora of riotous characters. Shakespeare’s talent as a producer is well evidenced in this hilarious romp where both those on stage and in the audience are ensured a thoroughly delightful time.
Feb. 1 at 7:30 PM • Feb. 2 & 3 at 8 PM • Feb. 4 at 2 PM
Dancing Globally celebrates global connections in dance by presenting the work of an internationally renowned choreographer and of two faculty members. Contemporary choreographer Ohad Naharin, Artistic Director of the Israeli Batsheva Dance Company (recently presented in Ann Arbor by UMS), is a leading innovator in the world of dance. His revolutionary dance movement language, Gaga, enables dancers to move unpredictably with great speed and clarity. The Department presents excerpts from Naharin’s ‘greatest hits’ including “Echad Mi Yodea” and “Mabul.” Faculty choreographer Sandra Torijano finds inspiration in the life and bestselling novel (The Island of Lonely Men) of Costa Rican writer José León Sánchez. Missy Beck’s new work plays with the idea of scale, whereby a large group of dancers moves as if one, so becomes ameba-like: it swirls, rises, falls, and morphs into sculptures and continually shifting landscapes.
Watch a video of Naharin’s Echad at: http://bit.ly/BatshevaEchad
Apr. 12 at 7:30 PM • Apr. 13 & 14 at 8 PM • Apr. 15 at 2 PM
Directed by Mark Madama • Music Direction by Catherine A. Walker
The story is set in 1930 England. Thrilled to have found its long-lost heir to the Earldom of Hareford, the residents are equally horrified to discover that the heir is an unapologetically unrefined cockney bloke from the wrong side of London, Bill Snibson. According to the will, Bill’s uncouth ways must change if he has any hope to earn the approval of the executors and gain the title. His Lambeth sweetheart, Sally, is immediately declared an ‘inappropriate’ match. Bill’s efforts at refinement don’t always go as planned to hilarious and chaotic effect. As Bill strains to get up to snuff, Sally’s own efforts on his behalf may ultimately provide his acceptance into the nobility.
Me and My Girl, by Noel Gay, L. Arthur Rose and Douglas Furber, premiered in 1937 on London’s West End. The successful musical comedy was one of the first to be broadcast live on the BBC and was faithfully adapted into the 1939 movie The Lambeth Walk. In 1984, a production with a revised script by British comedian and writer Stephen Fry opened to renewed critical acclaim in London. The musical earned two Olivier Awards before transferring to Broadway in 1986 and winning three Tony Awards. The show features a number of inescapably hummable tunes including “The Sun Has Got His Hat On,” “The Lambeth Walk,” and “Leaning on a Lampost.” The New York Post declared, “It has humor, music, dancing, charm, wit and a deft expertise that takes your heart away.” Filled with non-stop tomfoolery and unaffected sweetness, Me and My Girl is a frothy, escapist, old-fashioned musical comedy that is sure to delight.
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