Reminder: ‘DanceWorks’ taking place Saturday (April 6) and Sunday (April 7)

UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance will be presenting “DanceWorks” Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 3 p.m. in the University Theatre located in UW-Green Bay’s Theatre Hall. Under the artistic direction of Denise Carlson-Gardner, come celebrate dance in a concert of faculty and student choreography representing a diverse medley of styles. Learn more.

UW-Green Bay Music presents Jazz Ensembles this Thursday (March 14)

Jazz Ensembles, presented by UW-Green Bay Music, are set to perform on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the University Theatre located in UW-Green Bay’s Theatre Hall. Led by directors Adam Gaines and John Salerno, UW-Green Bay has a long enjoyed a tradition of excellence in jazz and hosts UW-Green Bay Jazz Fest, one of the oldest of its kind in Wisconsin. Jazz Ensembles I & II will be joined for this performance by the UW-Green Bay Jazz Combo and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble to perform traditional swing, original arrangements and many other contemporary styles. Purchase tickets and learn more.

DanceWorks

UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance to present ‘DanceWorks’ on April 6-7

UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance will be presenting ‘DanceWorks’ on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 3 p.m. in the University Theatre located in UW-Green Bay’s Theatre Hall. Under the artistic direction of Denise Carlson-Gardner, come celebrate dance in a concert of faculty and student choreography representing a diverse medley of styles. Learn more.

UW-Green Bay Jazz Ensembles to take place on Thursday, Mar. 14

UW-Green Bay Jazz Ensembles will be performed on Thursday, Mar. 14, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the University Theatre located in UW-Green Bay’s Theatre Hall building. Led by directors Adam Gaines and John Salerno, UW-Green Bay has a long enjoyed a tradition of excellence in jazz and hosts UW-Green Bay Jazz Fest, one of the oldest of its kind in Wisconsin. Jazz Ensembles I & II will be joined for this performance by the UW-Green Bay Jazz Combo and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble to perform traditional swing, original arrangements and many other contemporary styles. Learn more.

UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance invites you to attend ‘Nunsense: The Mega-Musical’ from Thursday Nov. 15 to Saturday, Nov. 17

“Nunsense: The Mega-Musical,” presented by UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance, will be performed on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 and Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., at the University Theatre, located in UW-Green Bay’s Theatre Hall. This all-new “Mega-Musical” version promises more nuns, more laughs and super-sized production numbers! Learn more and get tickets.

UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance invites you to attend ‘The Revolutionists’

“The Revolutionists,” written by Lauren Gunderson and directed by Prof. Laura Riddle (Theatre), will be hitting the stage on Oct. 12-13 and 18-19-20, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at the University Theatre, Theatre Hall, located on the UW-Green Bay campus. Taking place during the Reign of Terror in Paris, France, the play follows playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, Haitian activist Marianne Angelle and former queen Marie Antoinette as they hang out before each of them loses their head.

Tickets can be purchased online, in person at the University Ticketing and Information Center located in UW-Green Bay’s University Union or by phone at 920-465-2400. View the calendar of UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance’s mainstage and studio events

‘The Revolutionists’ presented by UW-Green Bay Theatre, kicks off Friday, Oct. 12

“The Revolutionists,” by Lauren Gunderson and directed by Prof. Laura Riddle (Theatre), will give its first performance on Friday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the University Theatre, Theatre Hall, Green Bay Campus. Additional performances will take place Saturday, Oct. 13, and Thursday, Oct. 18 through Saturday, Oct. 20. Find more information or purchase tickets online. Tickets can also be purchased at the University Ticketing and Information Center, University Union.

Set in Paris, France during the Reign of Terror, the play invites members of the audience to join playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, Haitian activist Marianne Angelle and former queen Marie Antoinette as they hang out before each of them loses their head. More to come.

Jazz concert, this Saturday

We’ll have more details in our next issue, but don’t forget the Jazz and Vocal Jazz concert this Saturday (Nov. 14) at 7:30 p.m. in the University Theatre, in Theatre Hall. Performing will be Jazz Ensemble II under the direction of Adam Gaines, and Jazz I and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble directed by John Salerno, both professors of music.

Student Convocation Recital is Friday, over the lunch hour, in UT


The Student Convocation Recital takes place this Friday (April 10) from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the University Theatre. Any and all are welcome to stop by for all or part of the performance, which will feature the student Saxophone Quartet and the New Music Ensemble. We’ll have more program info and a link to the full release in our next issue.

Preview: UW-Green Bay Theatre, Dance, Music present ‘Spring Awakening’

UW-Green Bay presents Spring AwakeningUW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance and UW-Green Bay Music will present the musical Spring Awakening Nov. 20-22 at the University Theatre in Theatre Hall.

Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the production is a pop/rock musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s 1891 expressionist play about teenage rebellion and sexual discovery. Spring Awakening is rated R, for strong language and adult content. It is recommended for mature audiences.

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“Spring Awakening is a very unique musical,” said UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. John Mariano, who is directing the show. “It premiered on Broadway in 2006 and proceeded to win eight Tony awards. It’s a musical based on a somewhat obscure play from 1890. It’s a play that deals very frankly and very honestly with adolescent sexuality and a lot of other adolescent problems, including teenage suicide. And the kind of graphic nature of it, especially in 1890, led to it kind of being banned everywhere.”

It’s an interesting dynamic for the show, said student Erin Sunisa, who plays Wendla.

“They bring a lot of heavy issues, and sometimes it can be quite jarring,” Sunisa said. “But it opens up a great discussion for audience members to discuss after the musical.”

Spring Awakening blends the old and the new in interesting ways, Mariano said.

“And the contemporary musical,” he said, “the twist they put on this old play that really made it interesting, is that whenever the characters sing they kind of step out of that late 19th century world and into a very contemporary, concert-like world. The music is all contemporary pop music like alt rock music.”

Sunisa enjoys the dichotomy, she said.

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“It’s been very interesting to have both feet in two separate worlds going on,” Sunisa said. “You kind of have to think in a different mindset when coming into this musical.”

Audiences will be able to relate to the show, Mariano said.

“Adolescence is still what it’s always been, still full of confusion and all of the problems that go along with it — so the play has held up very, very well,” he said. “It’s adapted somewhat by the playwrights in the contemporary version, but it’s still pretty much his play, boosted by this contemporary score.”

Added Assistant Prof. Courtney Sherman, the show’s musical director:

“It’s essentially going back and forth between a really powerful piece of theatre, a play, and being at an awesome rock concert — so you get sort of the best of both worlds rolled together in one performance experience,” she said. “And I think that that’s fantastic and it will be really, really thrilling for audiences.”

Spring Awakening will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20, 21 and 22, and at 3 p.m. Nov. 22. Tickets and more information available online.