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November 30, 2009

Sign up for the WICKEDLY WILD AND WAY OUT WORKSHOP WEEK

It's time for the...

WICKEDLY WILD AND WAY OUT WORKSHOP WEEK #5: JANUARY 11-15, 2010

WHAT IS IT?? This is a week of free workshops given by artists who have never taught at the University or have not taught a class in a particular area.

WHO LEADS THE WORKSHOPS?? You may have met them, you may have not. They may teach improv or monologues or dialects. We can't give away our hand just yet.
However, to whet the appetite, Peter Van Heerden, a South African Performance Artist, will be doing an intensive--one workshop everyday that week!

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THESE WORKSHOPS?? If you are a student in BA or BFA Theatre/Dance you may sign-up for the workshops. However, if you sign-up for the workshop, it is essential that you attend. Please don't take a space and then not show up. It is very unfair to students who can't attend because the workshop has been filled.

And some may remember from last year...THE IRON 10
This is a group of 10 students who would like to take all of the workshops (a total of 15, 3-hour workshops in a week) who would sign-up to do so and would have priority in all of the sections. However, you choose to be one of these students, you MUST show up for all of the workshops! If you're ready, if you've steeled yourself for this commitment...the Iron 10 Sign Up will be on the Callboard.

KEEP YOUR EYES TO THE CALLBOARD FOR UPCOMING COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
AND SIGN-UP SHEETS!

DON'T MISS THIS AMAZING OPPORTUNITY!

November 23, 2009

2010 Showboat Auditions

MINNESOTA CENTENNIAL SHOWBOAT AUDITIONS 2010
Triumph of Love by Pierre Marivaux
Directed by Peter Rothstein
Auditions for the Minnesota Centennial Showboat will be held
Monday, December 7, 2009 (7p-11p) and
Tuesday, December 8, 2009 (7p-11p)
with callbacks
Sunday, January 17, 2010 (6p-10p).

Specific information and sign-up sheets for audition times will be posted on the Rarig Production Notices Bulletin boards (lower level of Rarig Center by tunnel entrance). Auditions and callbacks for the Showboat Company will be held in Studio A, (506 Rarig)

Triumph of Love is being directed by Peter Rothstein, Musical Direction by Denise Prosek.

Peter Rothstein is the Founding Artistic Director of Theater Latté Da and was named one of the Star Tribune's Minnesota Artists of the Year. Other directing credits include the Guthrie Theater, the Children's Theatre Company, the Playwrights' Center, the Illusion Theater, Ten Thousand Things and the Minnesota Opera. He has been awarded grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Theater Communications Group, the McKnight Foundation, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. www.Peter-Rothstein.com

Denise Prosek, Resident Music Director of Theater Latté Da, has music directed over fifty main stage productions and numerous private cabarets throughout the Twin Cities theater community. An accomplished pianist as well, Denise has performed at the Guthrie, Ordway, Children's Theatre Company, Chanhassen, Mixed Blood, and Theater Mu. She most recently served as Music Director for the IVEY Awards and for Hennepin Theatre Trust's Spotlight Awards. Denise was honored as Outstanding Musical Director by the Star Tribune in 2006 for Gypsy and in 2008 for Parade.

For auditions you should prepare two short pieces, one classical and one comedic. At least one piece should deal with heightened text (Wilde, Moliere, Coward, Pinero, Shaw, Shakespeare, etc.). Although two prepared pieces are requested you may only be asked to perform one of them; that is not a reflection of your audition, it is a matter of time. In addition, you should prepare to sing a song accompanied by piano. You will be asked to sing 32 bars, but be prepared to sing the song in its entirety if the whole song is requested. Please bring sheet music with you for the accompanist. Tape accompaniment or singing a cappella is not acceptable.
THE ENTIRE AUDITION MAY NOT EXCEED 4 MINUTES.

Rehearsals are slated to begin Monday April 26th. Rehearsals will employ standard U Theatre rehearsal times until Finals Week is over, when they will shift to a 40-hour rehearsal week. Rehearsals will continue into techs, dress rehearsals and preview performances, with the Showboat season opening on Friday, June 18 and performing Tuesday-Saturday until August 28, 2010.

NOTE: Because these are paid positions, there are further eligibility requirements that must be met in order to be cast in the Showboat Company. These are posted here and will also be available at auditions.

For questions, please contact Christine Swartwout, Production Stage Manager at swart073@umn.edu or Jennie Germain, Communications Coordinator at germa052@umn.edu

Xperimental Theatre's 24 HOUR THEATRE - APPLICATIONS/SIGN UPS ARE HERE!

Its that time of year again, time to prepare for 24 Hour Theatre! Some of you may ask, well...what is 24 Hour Theatre? If so, we shall tell you:

24 Hour Theatre is a unique theatrical experience in which writers, directors, actors, and designers conceive and perform a piece in a full 24 hours. At 8pm on Friday January 22nd writers arrive. The write all through the night to prepare a 20 minute script. At 8am on Saturday January 23rd, directors arrive, are assigned a show, and meet with the writers about the concept. At 9am on January 23rd actors arrive. They are cast in the shows, and then rehearse all day, memorizing lines, gathering costumes, blocking, etc. Until finally at 8pm (a full 24 hours from the beginning) the shows are performed.

WRITERS AND DIRECTORS: If you wish to apply to be a writer or director, applications are now available on the Xperimental Theatre call board in the basement of Rarig. These applications are due in the X Box outside of the X office by noon on Friday December 4th.

ACTORS: If you wish to act, there is a sign up sheet on the call board as well.

VOLUNTEERS: If none of these things interest you, and you wish to be involved in some other aspect (props, costumes, etc) please email thex@umn.edu to volunteer.

Auditions for Execution of Justice Announced

Auditions

Execution of Justice

by Emily Mann

Directed by Dominic Taylor

*Wednesday, December 9, 2009 (7p-11p)*

*Thursday, December 10, 2009 (7p-11p)*

The auditions will be held in Studio A (506 Rarig)

Anyone auditioning should prepare two Contemporary Monologues, (one serious, one comedic). Each monologue should be no longer than two minutes.

Sign-up sheets are located on the Callboard in the lounge (across from the tunnel entrance)

Below are the rehearsal dates and performance:

Rehearsals are February 22-April 15, 2010

Mon.-Fri. 6:30-10:30p

Saturday 12:00-5:00p

No rehearsals during Spring Break (March 14-21, 2010)

· Wednesday, April 7th Crew Watch (6:30-10:30p)

· Thursday, April 8th Tech rehearsal (6:30-10:30p)

· Friday, April 9th Tech rehearsal (6:30-10:30p)

· Saturday, April 10th Tech/Dress Rehearsal*

*(10:00a-10:00p)

· Sunday, April 11th Tech/Dress Rehearsal**

**(10:00a-10:00p)

· Monday, April 12th - NO REHEARSAL

· Tuesday, April 13th Dress Rehearsal (6:00-11:00p)

· Wednesday, April 14th Dress Rehearsal (6:00-11:00p)

· Thursday, April 15th Preview*** (6:00-11:00p)

***Curtain at 7:30p

Performance dates:

Friday, April 16th 8:00p Opening

Saturday, April 17th 8:00p performance

Sunday, April 18th 2:00p Matinee/Photocall after performance

Wednesday, April 21st 7:30p performance

Thursday, April 22nd 7:30p performance

Friday, April 23rd 10:00AM Student Matinee

Friday, April 23rd 8:00p performance

Saturday, April 24th 8:00p Closing performance

If you have any questions, please contact Dominic Taylor at taylo803@umn.edu

November 17, 2009

Dance Revolutions Video Now Online

We just posted the "Thought Through Motion: Dance Revolutions 09-10 Video" on the department website: http://www.theatre.umn.edu/utheatredance/dancerevolutions.php.

It is also available on our Facebook Fan Page and Youtube Channel.

Enjoy! And don't forget to check out Dance Revolutions running December 11-13, 2009.