World Premieres, Shakespeare and Two Musicals this Season at UNH

World Premieres, Shakespeare and Two Musicals this Season at UNH

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

From the Scottish Highlands to streets of New York City, the Department of Theatre & Dance plans an ambitious and memorable 2012-2013 season. 

Most notably is the spotlight shown on up and coming undergraduate playwrights. Sponsored and conceived of by alum, Mike O’Malley ’88, The John C. Edwards Undergraduate Prize Plays pays homage to O’Malley’s mentor, Professor Emeritus John C. Edwards, and provides UNH undergraduate students the opportunity to create their own works for the main stage. The winning plays, selected by a committee including both O’Malley and Edwards, will be featured in the final slot of the season, April 17-21, 2013.  

As a continuation of the programs started last year by Cultural Stages: The Woodward Drama and Dance Initiative, the department will bring back master percussionist and dancer Theo Martey of Ghana to teach a master class in African dance during the fall semester. Martey will create an original work, performed by the students taking his class, at the fall dance showcase on Dec. 7 in the Johnson Theatre.  

Shakespeare will make several appearances this season. Our season opener in October features his bloodiest play, “Macbeth,” directed by Professor Deb Kinghorn. In the spring, lecturer Aimee Blesing will direct the ArtsREACH tour “Devised Shakespeare” for school students grades 7-12. Using excerpts from “Romeo and Juliette,” “Much Ado About Nothing” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Blesing and the cast will teach the students that Shakespeare is as relevant today as he was in the Elizabethan era.  

The challenging and thought-provoking work of Harold Pinter will be staged in November as Professor David Richman and three students bring “Old Times” to the Hennessy Theatre. 

This season will also feature two musicals on the main stage. In the fall, “Avenue Q” comes to the Johnson Theatre in all its R-rated puppet glory. In the spring semester, “Spring Awakening” will transform the Johnson Theatre into 19th century Germany filled with rebellious young teens coming of age. This rock-inspired musical is not appropriate for children. 

The Scottish Highlands are the setting for the ballet portion of the UNH Dance Company Concert in “Echoes of the Highland” created and choreographed by C. Laurence Robertson. Gay Nardone is restaging her original jazz, tap and aerial piece, “Pirates” to be bigger, more swashbuckling, and better than ever.  

The full listing of the 2012-2013 season is listed below:

“Macbeth”: Oct. 3-7, Johnson Theatre. Tickets are $14/$16

“Avenue Q”: Oct. 31-Nov. 4, Johnson Theatre. Tickets are $15/$18

“Old Times”: Nov. 28-Dec. 2, Hennessy Theatre. Tickets are $14/$16.

“Spring Awakening”: Feb. 20-24, Johnson Theatre. Tickets are $15/$18.

UNH Dance Company Concert, March 26-30, Johnson Theatre. Tickets are $14/$16 and $7 for children 12 and under.

Undergraduate Prize Plays: April 24-28, Hennessy Theatre. Tickets are $14/$16.  

Tickets can be purchased through the new PCAC ticket office in the Johnson Theatre lobby of the Paul Creative Arts Center. This full-service ticket office is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and one hour before curtain.  

Tickets purchased online will incur no additional fees.  Call 2-7222 or arts.tickets@unh.edu  for more information.