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Performing arts provides entertainment for students

The Parthenon

Published: Friday, September 6, 2013

Updated: Friday, September 6, 2013 00:09

 

As the new semester settles in, one may feel overwhelmed or stressed by their classes and schoolwork. When dealing with this, it is important to schedule free time for extracurricular activities. A great way to do that is by seeing what the performing arts have to offer. 

One category of this field is the theatre department, which produces plays throughout the school year. The first performance will be “Anna in the Tropics” on Oct. 2-5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse located on Fifth Avenue. The MU Student Dance Company will perform aMUsed Dance Concert for the second performance on October 18-19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse. 

In addition to these shows, the theatre department will host two more performances this semester in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre, as well as two more shows next semester.

“I am excited about all of the shows as a whole,” said Dr. Julie Jackson, professor of history, dramaturgy and text analysis. “This semester will be a good, broad season of plays with a lot of opportunities for the actors to go beyond their comfort zones.”

For students interested in music, Marshall provides many different performances throughout the year. 

 

The first performance will be the Dobbs and Vauth faculty recital Monday at 8 p.m., followed by jazz visiting artist on Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. The third show will include the Maezel Metronome Woodwinds Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. 

In addition to these events, the music department will host at least six more shows this semester. All shows are located in Smith Music Hall and the Jomie Jazz Center beside the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse. Tickets are available for both theatre and music events, and students can receive tickets with a valid Marshall ID card.

If these theatre and music events are not satisfying enough, the performing arts also puts on the Marshall Artists Series events, which include artists from all over the country. 

Comedy star and actor Bill Burr, who will perform Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m., is the first artist coming to Huntington. Student tickets are $5 and can be purchased in the Student Activities Office. The next performer will be singer Natalie Cole. She will perform Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Singer-songwriter Jason Mraz will perform on Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

The performing arts will also bring Kevin Pollak, the Blue Man Group, Blood, Sweat & Tears and many more throughout the fall and spring semesters. 

A performance of “American Idiot,” a Broadway musical based on the Green Day album of the same name, will be the last performance in the Marshall Artist Series. The musical will come to Huntington April 24 at 8 p.m.

All Marshall Artist Series event shows will take place at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center, with the exception of the performance of Roslyn Kind, which will be held at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on March 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Misty Ernest can be contacted at ernest9@marshall.edu.

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