2007-2008 Performing Arts Series unveiled

July 16 2007

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The 2007-2008 Indiana State University Performing Arts Series has more than just a new name. It packs a new vision and a high level of energy as well.

Formerly known as the Convocation Series, the series strives to entertain, engage, challenge and inspire audiences. The series is focused on dynamic programming appealing to adults and students alike, said David DelColletti, program coordinator.

“The new name is a reflection of our vision toward the future as we diversify our programming in order to grow our audience,” DelColletti said. “We want to maintain our loyal supporters of the series but we also want to broaden the audience base.”

The season kicks off Thursday, Oct. 18 with the high-energy of “Break!” The Urban Funk Spectacular. Break! has been regarded as the cutting edge of dance at the dawn of the 21st century. It traces the history of Hip Hop dancing over the last 30 years, incorporating various styles of dancing such as “breaking,” “locking,” popping, power tumbling, DJ-ing, bucket drumming and electric boogaloo. The show consists of a company of supremely talented performers in different areas of street dance and performance.

“War Bonds: The Songs and Letters from WWII” is a musical journey through a war that redefined the world. This multi-media living history cabaret is interspersed with personal letters from the front and headline news of the period. The production, which will be presented on Monday, Nov. 5 in Tilson Auditorium, is a warm reminiscence and a harrowing reminder of a time when the whole world seemed upside down.

The National Broadway Tour of “Movin’ Out” will make a stop at Hulman Center Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008.

Movin' Out is a musical conceived, choreographed, and directed by Twyla Tharp based on 24 classic Billy Joel songs. It tells the story of six lifelong friends, told over two turbulent decades (from the '60s to the '80s).

Actor Ted Lange, best known for his role on “The Love Boat” will star in the one man show “Behind the Mask: An Evening with Paul Laurence Dunbar” on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008 in Tilson Auditorium.

The production is a tribute to America’s foremost poet and black writer who chronicled the Black experience to a large, multiracial audience at the turn of the 20th century. A contemporary of Mark Twain, Dunbar was a legendary literary icon who used humor as well as rhyme to tell his stories of the Negro life.

The main series concludes March 5, 2008, with Imago Theatre’s “Frogz,” performed in Tilson Auditorium.

The creators of “Frogz” have been called magicians, theatrical animators, and physical comedians. Defying classification, they have populated the stage with characters and beings such as comedic amphibians, circus boulders, and metamorphosing humans in works which tantalize the senses, the intellect, and the passions.

“Frogz,” a famous Broadway production, boasts penguins in musical chairs, acrobatic larvae and frogs.

A bonus series, called In the Spotlight, showcases three additional productions.

The Contemporary Music Festival concert, featuring the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, is the first act of the In the Spotlight series. The concert, scheduled for Nov. 9 in Tilson Auditorium, showcases the 35-member orchestra, under the direction of maestro Kirk Trevor. In keeping with its mission, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra performs music that most audiences have traditionally had few opportunities to hear in live performance.

The Broadway musical production “Babes in Toyland” visit Terre Haute’s Tilson Auditorium Tuesday, Dec. 4 in time for the holiday season.

Written by Alice Hammerstein Mathias and William Mount-Burke, this production of the time-honored holiday musical includes the famous “March of the Toy Soldiers” and “Toyland, Toyland” with additional songs from other Victor Herbert operettas.

This operetta, originally written in 1903, has become the holiday staple. The updated version will delight the whole family as fantasy and reality are interwoven in a land where toys walk, talk and sing.

ISU’s Performing Arts Showcase, featuring performances by the music, theater and dance departments, will be the final act in the Spotlight Series. The showcase will be presented Friday, Feb. 8, 2008, in Tilson Auditorium.

All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Season ticket prices are $65 for the main season series and $20 for the In the Spotlight series. ISU students are admitted free with a valid student ID. Contact the Hulman Center box office at (812) 237-3737 for ticket information.

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Contact: David DelColletti, program coordinator, (812) 237-3737

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783, or pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu

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