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LU dance honored at ACDA conference

Dance concert image by Lynn LaneTwo 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, choeographed by Assistant Professor Travis Prokop and Picture [not so] Perfect. by dance major Katelyn Kirk.

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

Pinter posterThe 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.

Read the University Press article.


Houston Chronical names Joel Grothe's "Thomas Cromwell" one of year's best theatrical performances

Joel GrotheJoel Grothe, assistant professor of acting, received rave reviews as Thomas Cromwell in Hilary Mantel’s "Wolf Hall" and "Bring Up the Bodies." Both shows ran through Dec. 18 at Houston's Main Street Theater. On December 25, the Houston Chronicle listed the performance as one of the seven best of the year, stating, "It takes an actor of unusual stamina and dedication to star in a six-hour play. Grothe anchored Hilary Mantel's lush drama about royal intrigue with a steady yet kinetic presence."

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 theatre, modern, contemporary, and aerial silks, and is choreographed by dance faculty and select students.

"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 theatre by dancing in the air, and the use of unconventional lighting and scenic design.” Read more.


LU presents comedic farce ‘Boeing Boeing’

boeing boeing posterLamar 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, 2016 in the University Theatre. The 1960s French farce tells the story of Bernard, a self-styled Parisian lothario, who is simultaneously engaged to three different airline hostesses. His master plan backfires when all three wind up at his apartment on the same day.

“We’re excited to produce this play and think the public will really respond to it,” said Brian LeTraunik, assistant professor of theatre and the play’s director. “We’ve never done an out and out farce before. In many ways, comedy is more challenging than drama - more technical and precise. I thought it would be a good challenge for our students and that our audiences would be very entertained.” Read more.


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