TheUniversity of Michigan-Flint Department of Theatre and Dance proudly presents the productions for its upcoming season, christened A Season of Styles. The four play selections were written in very different time periods, making it necessary for them to be produced with four very different styles of acting and production values– thus, the moniker. Rounding out the main stage season is a faculty-choreographed dance performance that explores a wide range of visual arts movements and styles.
Urinetown, the musical
Book by Greg Kotis, Music by Mark Hollmann, Lyrics by Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann
Oct. 26-28; Nov. 3, 9, 11, 2012
This Tony Award-winning musical takes place in a Gotham-like city in the future, where a 20-year drought has caused an unprecedented water shortage. The Government bans the use of all private toilets, forcing the citizens to use public amenities owned by a sinister company that charges a fee . . . to pee! Reaching his limit, an unlikely hero emerges to lead a revolution that will free them all from the tyranny of paying to pee.
The Menaechmus Brothers
By Titus Maccius Plautus, Translated by E.F. Watling
November 2, 4, 10, 16-18, 2012
The Menaechmus Brothers tells the story of twin brothers separated in childhood by a vile kidnapper. Now adults, they find themselves in the Greek city of Epidamnus. Mistaken identity abounds as they meet everyone in the city, except for each other. Featuring a cast of clueless twins, clever slaves, seductive prostitutes, quack doctors, burly sailors, disgruntled wives, gourmet chefs, tottering fathers and even a hungry parasite–audiences will be laughing, while seeing double.
By David Lindsay-Abaire
February 8-10; 15-17, 2013
Why does opportunity knock for some and not for others? Is it nature or nurture? In this South Boston neighborhood, a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo . . . this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills . . . and Margie Walsh was just let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, she thinks an old fling, who has made it out of Southie, might be her ticket to a fresh start. But is this apparently self-made man secure enough to face his humble beginnings? Margie is about to risk what little she has to find out.
Choreography by Dance faculty
March 15 and 16, 2013
The disciplines of dance and visual arts have enjoyed an enduring, well-respected relationship. Both art forms are celebrated as dance students perform a repertoire of dynamic, original choreography that explores a wide range of visual arts movements.
The Learned Ladies
By Molière, Translated by Richard Wilbur
April 5-7; 12-14, 2013
As he attempts to raise his station in society, a charismatic swindler employs poetry and intellectual pretense to sway the hearts of society ladies who yearn to be as cultured as they are wealthy. This 17th-century French satire lampoons intellectual pretense for the modern audience, with a translation that is delightful to laugh at and to laugh with.
Under Milk Wood
By Dylan Thomas
UM-Flint Black Box Theatre, October 4 and 5, 2012
This deeply human piece introduces the villagers of the fictional Welsh seaside town of Llareggub. Thomas employs his lyrical power and gentle–yet pointed–humor to study each character through a tour of dreams, memories and waking life. This staged reading is made possible by collaboration between the Department of Theatre and Dance and the Department of History, in celebration of the Wyatt Exploration Program. Admission is free.
Student Choreographic Showcase
November 29, 2012
This annual event highlights the talents of our student dancers and choreographers. Original work, in a variety of styles and vetted through an audition process, is performed in the UM-Flint Theatre. Admission is $5.00.
2012-2013 TICKET PRICES
The University of Michigan – Flint Department of Theatre and Dance offers a season ticket pass that allows the holder to attend as many of the main stage performances as desired, pending seat availability. The cost is $50 general public and $25 for students, seniors, alumni, faculty & staff, and veterans.
Individual tickets are: $15 general admission/$10 seniors, students, alumni, faculty & staff, and veterans; $10 general admission/$8 seniors, students, alumni, faculty & staff, and veterans. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Box Office at 810-237-6520.