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The Dean Performing Arts Series

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.

Next Performance

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