Tag: theatre

Anthony Braxton to Visit UA Feb. 18-25

From the February 2015 Desktop News | Legendary musician and composer Anthony Braxton will spend Feb. 18-25 at UA working with College of Arts and Sciences students and faculty as part of a weeklong residency presented by the Sonic Frontiers concert series. This event is the first major residency by Braxton in the Southeastern United States and will be one of the largest retrospectives of his work ever produced. Braxton will work with students from the College’s art, percussion, jazz […]

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Backward Thinking

Sondheim Musical Challenges Performers Merrily We Roll Along, running November 10-16 at the Allen Bales Theatre, is one of Stephen Sondheim’s most experimental musicals. The story of a composer and lyricist and their rise to prominence, Merrily We Roll Along is a show where time runs backward, beginning when the characters were in their 50s, traveling back through important events in their lives. This unique premise creates a challenge to actors, who must convincingly age in reverse onstage. Daniel Hulsizer, […]

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Gulf Shores Is “All Shook Up”

From the June 2014 Desktop News | In its 11th season, SummerTide Theatre will be shaking things up this summer in Gulf Shores, where The University of Alabama’s professional summer theatre company will present All Shook Up by Joe DiPietro. Performances will run June 6-July 4 Tuesdays through Sundays beginning at 8 p.m. at the George C. Meyer Performing Arts Center. Inspired by and featuring well-loved tunes from Elvis Presley, the production centers around a mysterious stranger who rides into a small […]

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Panitch Wins Burnum Award

From the May 2014 Desktop News | Following his passion for acting has led Seth Panitch, associate professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance, to interesting places, from the stages of New York to Cuba and beyond. The zeal he brings to teaching has done the same. In recognition of his work, he was presented in April the 2014 Burnum Award, one of the highest honors the University bestows on its faculty. The award is presented annually to a […]

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UA in Prestigious Shakespeare Festivals

From the April 2014 Desktop News | Nicholas Burroughs is an actor with a plan. Burroughs, a senior majoring in musical theatre, has been invited to perform at the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival after he graduates in May. “I feel extremely honored to be working with such a famous theatre,” said Burroughs, a native of Birmingham. Burroughs was cast in the festival’s 2014 season running from May through August as a pre-show performer, which involves 30 minutes of singing […]

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Friends and Family Honor Ed Williams with Theatre Scholarship

Gifts of more than $32,000 from the friends and family of Dr. Edmond Williams have established The Ed Williams Endowed Scholarship in Theatre. The fund will support scholarships for undergraduate students majoring in theatre. Williams, of Tuscaloosa, earned his bachelor’s degree in 1967 and master’s degree in 1968 from The University of Alabama and his doctorate from Florida State University. Williams joined the College’s faculty in 1971 and served as the founding chairman of the Department of Theatre and Dance. […]

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UA’s Othello Puts a Creative Twist on a Classic

  “I hate. I hate the Moor.” So spoke Iago during UA’s February 2013 production of Othello. From there, the show picked up speed, racing through each of Iago’s machinations to destroy the title character. “I wanted to transport the audience into the minds of Othello and Iago,” said director Seth Panitch, “so I turned to movement and music to assist us in that concept.” Panitch, who has been directing plays since 1996, included these modern twists on Shakespeare’s classic […]

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