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May 2011 Theatre/Dance Calendar

The 80th annual Waa-Mu and 2011 Senior Dance Concert among works to be staged

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May 3, 2011 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” Neil Simon’s coming-of-age comedy, May 6 to 15, will conclude the Theatre and Interpretation Center (TIC) at Northwestern University’s 2010-11 Mainstage season. TIC also will present “Wee-Mu,” May 7, the last of the season’s Imagine U family programs for children aged 5 to 10, as well as host its third annual SummerStage Season preview event on May 24. 

The 80th annual Waa-Mu production, “What’s Next?” runs through May 8, and “Now Boarding,” the dance program’s 2011 Senior Dance Concert, will be staged May 19 to 21. “The Duchess of Malfi,” a presentation of the department of performance studies, will take place May 13 and 14.

All of the events are open to the public and will take place on the University’s Evanston campus. Ticket information follows each performance listing. Specific venues and single-ticket prices are listed below.  

TIC is offering $10 single-ticket prices to Thursday night season performances to U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families with a valid military ID. Northwestern alumni who have graduated within the past two years will receive a $10 ticket discount with a valid WildCARD ID.

Single or group tickets may be purchased through the TIC Box Office at (847) 491-7282 or online at www.tic.northwestern.edu.  

MAY 2011 THEATRE

Waa-Mu 2011, “What’s Next?” 8 p.m. Friday, April 29; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 30; 2 p.m. Sunday, May 1; 8 p.m. Thursday, May 5; 8 p.m. Friday, May 6; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 7; and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 8, Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St., Evanston campus. A musical exploration by Northwestern student artists of their expectations, hopes and dreams of life after college, this year’s show celebrates Waa-Mu’s 80th anniversary. Under the first-year direction of award-winning Northwestern faculty member David H. Bell, Waa-Mu 2011 explores the question college students face every day: “What's Next?” Single tickets for Waa-Mu are $28 (tier one) to $21 (tier two) for the general public; $17 for seniors and Northwestern University faculty and staff and area educators and administrators; and $11 for full-time students and children. NOTE: Waa-Mu 2011 contains strong language and parental discretion is advised. Tickets can be purchased through the TIC Box Office at (847) 491-7282 or online at www.waamu.northwestern.edu.

“Brighton Beach Memoirs,” by Neil Simon and directed by Mary Poole, 8 p.m. Friday, May 6; 8 p.m. Saturday, May 7; 2 p.m. Sunday, May 8; 8 p.m. Thursday, May 12; 8 p.m. Friday, May 13; 8 p.m. Saturday, May 14; and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 15, Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus. In the midst of the Great Depression and on the edge of World War II, New Yorkers Jack and Kate Jerome must think about every dollar they spend, while their 14-year-old son Eugene bemoans another serving of liver and dreams of glory as a baseball player. This coming-of-age comedy by Tony Award-winning playwright Neil Simon, directed by Northwestern faculty member Mary Poole, offers wisdom about the power of family. The Sunday, May 8, and Thursday, May 12, performances will be followed by a post-show discussion. Tickets are $25 for the general public; $22 for seniors 65 and older, Northwestern faculty and staff and area educators and administrators; and $10 for full-time students. Tickets can be purchased through the TIC Box Office at (847) 491-7282 or online at www.tic.northwestern.edu.

SummerStage 2011 Preview, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus. Beginning with a reception in the Louis Theater lobby and followed by an hourlong “sneak peek” of the Theatre and Interpretation Center’s 2011 SummerStage season, hosted by American Music Theatre Project Executive Director Dominic Missimi and other acclaimed TIC faculty, this annual behind-the-scenes event provides an opportunity for TIC audiences to meet the summer artists and see performances by Northwestern’s students, as well as Northwestern alumna and award-winning actress Heidi Kettenring. This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are strongly recommended. To make reservations, call the TIC Box Office at (847) 491-7282 or visit www.tic.northwestern.edu.

FAMILY PROGRAM

Imagine U, “Wee-Mu,” 10 a.m. Saturday, May 7, Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St., Evanston campus. During the season’s final Imagine U family program for children aged 5 to 10, Ryan T. Nelson, music director-in-residence for the Theatre and Interpretation Center, will lead an interactive hourlong workshop. Audience members will learn how to write a song and how a song develops from the moment of conception to its first performance with an orchestra. The event was inspired by Waa-Mu, the annual spring musical revue filled with original student-written and student-performed songs and sketches that is an 80-year-tradition on Northwestern’s Evanston campus. Single-tickets for the Imagine U program are $5 per person. For more information, call the TIC Box Office at (847) 491-7282 or visit www.tic.northwestern.edu. (Performances celebrating the 80th anniversary of Waa-Mu, “What’s Next?” will be held from April 29 through May 8, at Cahn Auditorium.)

PERFORMANCE STUDIES

“The Duchess of Malfi,” adapted and directed by Northwestern University undergraduate student Rachel Cali, 8 p.m. Friday, May 13; and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 14, Hal and Martha Hyer Wallis Theater, 1949 Campus Drive, Evanston campus. Written in 1613 by English dramatist John Webster, “The Duchess of Malfi” explores the power structures inherent in a classed society and the ways that they are used to oppress and abuse. The play begins as a love story when a duchess who marries beneath her class and ends in a nightmarish tragedy. Cali is a performance studies major. Admission is $5

DANCE

Senior Dance Concert, “Now Boarding,” 8 p.m. Thursday, May 19; 8 p.m. Friday, May 20; and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 21, Ballroom Theatre, Marjorie Ward Marshall Dance Center, 10 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus. The culminating project of Northwestern University senior dance majors, this concert is choreographed, produced and performed by students under the guidance of faculty advisor Jeff Hancock. It will conclude the seniors’ undergraduate studies and introduce their work to the professional dance community. This year’s senior choreographers are Cresence Birder, Juli Farley, Sarah Gallo, Maxine Hupy and Michelle Jacobs. The show also will feature the choreography of guest artist Margi Cole in a group piece performed by the seniors. Cole is the artistic director of The Dance COLEctive, a modern dance company based in Chicago. The School of Communication’s dance program will host a reception open to the public following the Friday, May 20, performance. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for students, at the door, or $2 advance purchase at the TIC Box Office. Tickets can be purchased through the TIC Box Office at (847) 491-7282 or online at www.tic.northwestern.edu.

(Source contacts: THEATRE: Nichole Cooper, manager of marketing and communication, Theatre and Interpretation Center at 847-467-2426 or n-cooper@northwestern.edu; PERFORMANCE STUDIES: Alan Shefsky, department assistant, department of performance studies, School of Communications, at 847 491-3171 or ashef@northwestern.edu; DANCE: Sharon Lanza, program assistant, School of Communication dance program, at 847-491-3147 or s-lanza@northwestern.edu.)

Nathalie Rayter, a senior in the School of Education and Social Policy, contributed to this story.

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