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Where else can you find the best of opera, drama, dance, and musical theatre in one convenient package? Each year, the Power Series creates four unique productions that showcase the ability of the theatre to highlight the human condition. In 2016-2017, we are thrilled to present four shows that celebrate how timeless tales remain relevant with Roméo et Juliette; Peter and the Starcatcher; Glancing Back, Dancing Forward; and Disney's The Little Mermaid. From Shakespeare’s greatest love story to two beloved childhood characters to a continuing timeline of exploring movement – these stories embrace the journey of discovery and the transformative power of love.
Series A: Thursday Evenings, 7:30 pm on Nov 10, Dec 8, Feb 2, and Apr 13
Series B: Friday Evenings, 8 pm on Nov 11, Dec 9, Feb 3, and Apr 14
Series C: Saturday Evenings, 8 pm on Nov 12, Dec 10, Feb 4, and Apr 15
Series D: Sunday Afternoons, 2 pm on Nov 13, Dec 11, Feb 5, and Apr 16 (Easter)
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) $99.00
Side Orchestra & Balcony (Sections 1, 5, 6, & 10) $79.00
Subscribing to the 2016-2017 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. 10 at 7:30 PM • Nov. 11 & 12 at 8 PM • Nov. 13 at 2 PM
Music by Charles Gounod
Libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré
Based on the tragedy by Shakespeare
University Opera Theatre
University Symphony Orchestra conducted by Martin Katz
Sung in French with projected English translations
Staying faithful to Shakespeare’s play, the opera heightens focus on the two young lovers. A chance encounter. A meeting of eyes. Love at first sight. Two young people, kept apart by their feuding families, decide to take fate into their own hands and pursue their love. Married in secret, they hope to end their families’ enmity through their union. But circumstances conspire to thwart their efforts as missed chances, poor timing, and mistakes prevent the lovers from finding happiness.
Featuring some of Shakespeare’s most vivid poetry and quoted lines, this famous tale has fascinated audiences for 400 years and has inspired countless adaptations including West Side Story. Eight years after his initial opera success with Faust, French composer Charles Gounod paired again with librettists Jules Barbier and Michel Carré to create Roméo et Juliette. Gounod’s poignant score features passionate love duets and exquisite solos, such as Juliette’s “Je veux vivre” and Roméo’s “Ah, lève-toi, soleil,” in one of the most beautiful works of French lyrique drama style. The opera debuted in Paris in 1867 and was part of New York’s Metropolitan Opera’s debut season in 1884. From dramatic swordplay to rousing choruses and tender intimate moments, Roméo et Juliette is the ultra-romantic love story of two young lovers swept along by fate.
Dec. 8 at 7:30 PM • Dec. 9 & 10 at 8 PM • Dec. 11 at 2 PM
A play with music by Rick Elice
Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Music by Wayne Barker
Department of Theatre & Drama
Directed by Gillian Eaton
Sail on the high seas for a life-changing adventure in this delightful grown-up prequel to Peter Pan. Lord Aster and his precocious thirteen-year-old daughter Molly set sail for the Kingdom of Rundoon on a secret mission for the Queen of England; they must destroy a trunk filled with starstuff. While her starcatcher father journeys with the real treasure on a swift ship, Molly and a decoy trunk are placed on a slower, safer ship, The Never Land. Onboard, Molly meets three young orphans led by a wary, unnamed boy. When she discovers that the trunks have been switched, Molly and her new pal gallantly set off to fulfill the mission themselves. Soon all the elements of the classic story appear - a gang of pirates and their villainous captain, menacing island natives, and a crocodile. The nameless orphan slowly learns to trust the stalwart Molly, becoming the enduring and beloved hero who will never grow up.
Based on the 2006 instant best-selling book by comedian Dave Barry and novelist Ridley Pearson, Peter and the Starcatcher debuted at the la Jolla Playhouse in 2009. Playwright Rick Elice, know for his books for Jersey Boys and The Addams Family, had free reign to translate the book to the stage and wed the contemporary tone of Barry and Pearson with J.M. Barrie’s irreverent sense of humor. The show embraces an old-fashioned story-theater tradition, inviting the audience to willingly imagine elements of the fast-paced wildly theatrical story. The show opened on Broadway in 2012 starring U-M alumna Celia Keenan-Bolger as Molly, and won five Tony Awards. Filled with treacherous battles, hilarious dialogue, and surprising sentimentality, Peter and the Starcatcher is a spirited adventure that is “a blissful exercise in make-believe.” (Ben Brantley - New York Times)
Feb. 3 at 7:30 PM • Feb. 4 & 5 at 8 PM • Feb. 6 at 2 PM
Choreography by Meredith Monk and faculty
Department of Dance
As part of the commemorations of U-M’s bicentennial year, Glancing Back, Dancing Forward celebrates the long presence of dance on campus through a fast-paced collage of dance works old and new. Faculty choreographers Melissa Beck, Amy Chavasse, Bill DeYoung, Peter Sparling, Sandra Torijano, and Robin Wilson contribute short pieces that acknowledge Michigan’s distinctive dance tradition of experimentation and growth. In addition to performances on stage, Dance Department chair Jessica Fogel curates a lobby installation chronicling the history of dance at the University.
Highlighting the concert are excerpts from Quarry by National Medal of Arts recipient Meredith Monk. (Watch parts of the work on her YouTube channel.) First produced in 1976 at Brooklyn Academic of Music, Quarry confronts the paradox of human extremes during wartime. The work won a special citation at the Obie Awards that year. “Meredith Monk's strange and beautiful creations are mixtures of music, dance, and theater. Images, both visual and aural, are arranged and paced with masterly theatrical craft to produce works that are strikingly original and hauntingly effective.” (John Mueller, Dance Magazine).
Apr. 13 at 7:30 PM • Apr. 14 & 15 at 8 PM • Apr. 16 at 2 PM (Easter Sunday)
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Glenn Slater
Book by Doug Wright
Department of Musical Theatre
Directed & choreographed by Linda Goodrich
Music Direction by Cynthia Kortman Westphal
Fathoms below, a curious young mermaid named Ariel wants to experience life on land. Forbidden contact with humans by her father King Triton, Ariel contents herself by collecting artifacts that have fallen from ships and watching from afar. Spying a royal ship, Ariel rises to the surface in time to save Prince Eric when he falls overboard in a storm. Immediately smitten, she yearns to defy her father to be with Eric. Enter her Aunt Ursula, the sea witch who is willing to help for her own nefarious means. In exchange for Ariel’s voice, Ursula will grant Ariel legs for 72-hours to earn true love’s kiss. Meanwhile, Eric is searching for the girl with the beautiful voice who saved him. Accompanied by Triton’s right hand man, the lobster Sebastian, Ariel sets off to win her man. As the two youngsters get to know each other, will their love be able to transcend the obstacles set in their path in time?
Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved fable and the hit 1989 Disney film, A Little Mermaid arrived on Broadway in 2008. The musical includes all the fabulous music from the film by eight-time Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, including “Part of Your World,” “Under the Sea,” and “Kiss the Girl.” The stage adaptation features a book by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright (I Am My Own Wife) and ten additional songs by Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater. Filled with clever lyrics, unforgettable music, and colorful imagery, A Little Mermaid is an enchanting tale for everyone who yearns to follow their heart.
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