Each semester, the University Honors Center provides opportunities for students to attend local and visiting performances complete with a special academic pre-performance seminar or lecture. Past events include the Austin Lyric Opera’s performance of Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, the American Shakespeare Center’s production of The Duchess of Malfi, and Broadway Across America’s presentation of The Lion King.
Availability of tickets is announced via email to the honors community, and tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Dean Performing Arts Series is made possible through the generous support of the L.L. and Ethel E. Dean Endowment.
Broadway Across America
Bass Concert Hall at the Texas Performing Arts Center
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Think you know everything about The Wizard of Oz? Think again. Wicked retells the story of the Wicked Witch of the West, including her unlikely friendship with Glinda the Good, and the events that shape who they become. Come with us as we follow classic characters and discover what truly lies in the depths of evil and the heart of good.
Our evening will begin with a special pre-performance talk from award-winning theatrical director and director of University Events, Rod Caspers. In his lecture entitled “A Lot of us Have that Green Girl Inside of Us,” Caspers will discuss Wicked’s creative journey from novel to Broadway musical, including some of the rockiest patches encountered by the creative team. How did the current blockbuster Broadway hit overcome painful opening reviews which called it “lumbering,” “overstuffed,” and “strenuous?” Caspers will explore a number of reasons as to why the current production has truly managed to “defy gravity” and soar high above the initial critical fallout.
Tickets for this event are normally $54 – $78, but through the sponsorship of The University Honors Center and The L.L. and Ethel E. Dean Endowment your cost is only $10.
To apply for the ticket lottery, please submit your application no later than Wednesday, February 19th at 5pm in person to The University Honors Center (north entrance of Carothers). Applications will be drawn at random on Thursday, February 20th. If your application is chosen, you will be notified by email, and you will need to return to The University Honors Center no later than Friday, February 21st before 5pm to pay your $10 program fee by check or money order.
If you have any questions please call the UHC at (512) 471-6524.
Austin Lyric Opera
Long Center for the Performing Arts
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Tosca, one of opera’s most riveting dramas, centers around three characters enmeshed by rebellion, desire, and deception.
Our operatic journey began with a special pre-performance by Butler School of Music doctoral candidate Bethany McLemore. Bethany McLemore’s primary research interest is nineteenth-century song. Bethany’s current research deals with late nineteenth and early twentieth-century parlor song in England and America, considering the effects of corseting on women performing in the home, on musical sound and compositional choices, and how a corseted sound contributed to contemporary ideas of the sound of feminine virtue.
Long Center for the Performing Arts
Sunday, December 8, 2013
The Nutcracker is an enchanting holiday ballet, which traditionally begins with a Christmas Eve celebration and concludes with a pageant of dancing sweets from around the globe.
In addition to the performance, there was a pre-performance seminar entitled “More Than One to Crack It: Reading The Nutcracker across Disciplines and Mediums” by Dr. Paul Bonin-Rodriguez of the Department of Theater and Dance. In his lecture, Dr. Paul Bonin-Rodriguez demonstrated how The Nutcracker’s relevance to many fields and and its availability to multiple mediums contributes to its enduring popularity internationally as a holiday staple.
The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice
Actors from the London Stage
McCullough Theater, UT Austin campus
Thursday, November 7, 2013
One of William Shakespeare’s timeless romantic tragedies, The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice grapples with themes of lust and love, deceit and disguise, jealousy and betrayal.
Known for their unique performance style, Actors from the London Stage brought Othello to life with five classically trained actors with minimal props and costumes. In addition to the performance, there was a pre-performance seminar on “The Music of Othello” by Plan II alumnus Dr. James Loehlin of the Department of English.
The Spanish Tragedy
The Baron’s Men
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Considered the first “Revenge Tragedy” of the early modern drama period, Thomas Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy is a Machiavellian rollercoaster that explores the relationship between justice and revenge.
There was a special pre-performance talk scheduled with Professor Douglas Bruster of the department of English. Professor Bruster’s recent publication in Notes and Queries provides evidence linking five additional passages from the 1602 quarto of The Spanish Tragedy to William Shakespeare. Bruster’s argument, which hinges on a careful examination of Shakespeare’s handwriting and common misspellings, may provide sufficient evidence to admit the passages into the Shakespearean canon.