LU dance honored at ACDA conference
Two of LU's faculty and students were selected for a highly competitive honor at the American College Dance Association's South-Central regional conference held at Collin College in Plano, March 2-6, 2017. At the conference, dance departments from Texas and New Mexico presented works choreographed by faculty and students, as well as guest artists. Forty works were adjudicated by a panel of judges, and 12 were selected to be performed at the conference's gala concert.
Among the selected works were Red Velvet is Just Chocolate,
Rebekah Gonzales displayed her work now Yours on the Grand Informal Concert.
Lamar University has been selected to host the 2018 ACDA South-Central conference in spring of 2018.
Department of Theatre and Dance perform Pinter plays Feb. 9-12
The Department of Theatre and Dance will perform two one-act plays from different periods of the career of Nobel prize-winning British dramatist Harold Pinter, Feb. 9-12, 2017, in the Studio Theatre.
In The Dumb Waiter, written in 1957, two hitmen, Gus and Ben, anxiously await their next assignment in a nondescript basement room. "The Dumb Waiter might be considered the best of Harold Pinter's early plays. . . . It combines the classic characteristics of early Pinter - a paucity of information and an atmosphere of menace, working-class small-talk in a claustrophobic setting - with an oblique but palpable political edge and, in so doing, can be seen as containing the germ of Pinter's entire dramatic oeuvre," wrote Harry Derbyshire in Modern Drama.
A Kind of Alaska, written in 1982, tells the story of Deborah, who suffered from encephalitis lethargica, or "sleepy sickness," and has been in a comatose state for 30 years. With the mind of 16-year old, she must confront a body that has aged without her consent. The play was inspired by the book Awakenings by Oliver Sacks, which documented the encephalitis epidemic that plagued Europe in the early 20th century before L-DOPA was invented. Read more.
Houston Chronical names Joel Grothe's "Thomas Cromwell" one of year's best theatrical performances
Grothe brings this dedication to the classroom and hopes that his performance will inspire his students: “I hope they see what I do and realize they can do the same thing,” he said. “Students often want to finish a task as quickly as possible. They think they learn their lines and the character is done. It’s not done. It’s never done. I want them to work harder, be obsessive, be tenacious, and not settle for adequacy by doing the minimum. I hope they learn to be present and have a good attitude — to have values.” Read more.
Dancers in the air at LU fall dance concert
The Department of Theatre and Dance will present its fall dance concert, “Fall and Recovery,” Nov. 18 - 20, 2016, in the University Theatre. The evening of dance works performed by LU students encompasses many genres, including tap, jazz, musical
"We are excited to present this show to the public because our students have been working hard to build up a reputable concert that not only they are proud of but that the community of Beaumont and Lamar University can be proud of also,” said Travis Prokop, assistant professor of dance. “The faculty and students continue to push the boundaries of conventional dance
LU presents comedic farce ‘Boeing Boeing’
Lamar University’s Department of Theatre & Dance will present the Tony Award-winning comedy “Boeing Boeing,” by Marc Camoletti, translated and adapted by Beverly Cross, Nov. 3 to Nov. 6,
“We’re excited to produce this play and think the public will really respond to it,” said Brian LeTraunik, assistant professor of