The Jana Nyberg Group
Instrumental Faculty member Jana Meckler will be performing with The Jana Nyberg Group on June 16, at 2:00 pm, at Hayden Heights Library as part of the Twin Cities Jazz Festival. The group will also perform at the Red Stag in Minneapolis on July 11th at 10 p.m. and Hell’s Kitchen in Minneapolis on August 25th at 6:00 p.m. In addition, they have two Door County, Wisconsin tours later this summer. Please visit www.janajazz.com for additional information.
“Security” in San Francisco
Dance faculty member Angharad Davies has been invited to teach Modern dance classes at Zenon Dance on Saturdays from June 9 – September 1. Additionally, she will travel in late June to San Francisco where her Sage Award-nominated piece “Security” will be presented by the Walking Distance Dance Festival at ODC. ODC Theater’s ever-sharp curatorial eye will offer up a menu of what’s hot in the contemporary dance world for veteran audiences and new explorers alike. See http://odcdance.org for more information.
Abdo Sayegh for TU Dance Center
Dance faculty member Abdo Sayegh will be teaching open ballet classes at TU Dance Center in June and July, and then for the TU Dance Summer Intensive from July 30 – August 17, alongside TU Dance Artistic Directors Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands, as well as teaching artists Laurel Keen, Kenna-Camara Cottman, Peggy Seipp-Roy, and others. Registration for the Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced levels are open until June 30. For the schedule and more information, please visit http://www.tudance.org and click “Classes” or contact Abdo Sayegh at email@example.com.
Nathan Herfindahl in Concert
Vocal Department Chair Nathan Herfindahl will perform “Nathan Herfindahl in Concert” during the Bay Days Festival on July 13 at the William Kelley Auditorium in Silver Bay, MN. In addition, he will perform during the Duluth Festival Opera Dinner Concert held at Nokomis on the Lake on August 9, as well as “A Night at the Opera” at the Fregeau Auditorium on on August 16, and “Opera’s Greatest Hits” at the Bayfront Festival Park on Augsut 19.
Theatre L’homme Dieu
Theatre faculty member Sara Schwabe will be working as the Marketing Manager for Theatre L’homme Dieu in Alexandria, MN, as well as continuing development of an original ensemble piece based on the lives of the Harvey Girls.
Four Humors Theater Company and Live Action Set
Theatre faculty member Dario Tangelson directed two projects which will both be opening the last week of June. “Bombus and Berylline or the Bumblebee and the Hummingbird,” a family-friendly show by Four Humors Theater Company, will run at Gremlin Theater June 24 – July 7. Please visit http://fourhumorstheater.com for more information. “Basic North,” a performance in three directions by Live Action Set, will run at Southern Theater June 28 – July 8. For more information, visit https://las.tixato.com/buy/basic-north-a-performance-in-three-directions.
Twin Cities Jazz Festival
Instrumental faculty member Chris Thomson will be performing with Delfeayo Marsalis at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival at 8:30 pm on June 29, at Mears Park in downtown St Paul. For more information, visit http://twincitiesjazzfestival.com/SCHEDULENEW629.html and http://delfeayomarsalis.com.
Anytown: Stories of America at the Guthrie Theater
Dance Department chair Maggie Bergeron will be performing at the Guthrie Theater with Shapiro and Smith Dance June 21 – 24, in Anytown: Stories of America with music by Bruce Springsteen, Patti Scialfa and Soozie Tyrell. Visit http://www.guthrietheater.org/plays_events/plays/anytown for more information.
MN Original: Amy Sackett
Dance faculty member Amy Sackett was featured in the TPT original series MN Original: www.mnoriginal.org/episode/310-pamela-sukhum-amy-sackett-malamanya-2/amy-sackett-2/ . Amy is also heading to L.A. to choreograph and dance in Brother Ali’s new video.
Melissa Hart’s Audition Workshop
Musical Theatre Department Chair Melissa Hart co-instructed students of an audition workshop at Bloomington Civic Theatre with Lewis Whitlock III, director of BCT’s production of “My Fair Lady”.
“Ballad Nocturne” Reviewed
Instrumental faculty member Ann Millikan‘s orchestral album has been reviewed on the following site: www.innova.mu/albums/ann-millikan/ballad-nocturne. Ann also premiered the opera Swede Hollow on June 2, in Swede Hollow Park in St Paul. In addition, she will be traveling to Brazil this summer to compose a new work for ABSTRAI Ensemble. Please visitwww.usaprojects.org/project/rio_abstract for more information.
The Tragedy of Carmen
Musical Theatre faculty member Gary Briggle directed Peter Brook’s “The Tragedy of Carmen” for Dayton Opera in Ohio which ran May 17 – May 20. For more information, please visit www.daytonopera.org/the-tragedy-of-carmen/.
Jana Nyberg at Dakota Jazz
Instrumental faculty member Jana Meckler performed at The Dakota Jazz Club on May 9, and Honey Lounge on May 25. Please visit www.janajazz.com for more information.
“What’s the Word For?“
Musical Theatre Department Chair Melissa Hart starred in “What’s the Word For?” which ran March 30th through April 21st at the Illusion Theater. Please visit http://www.illusiontheater.org for additonal information.
The Jana Nyberg Group
Instrumental instructor Jana Meckler will perform with the Jana Nyberg Group at Hell’s Kitchen in Minneapolis on Thursday, March 29th from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Free. Reservations encouraged. Please visit www.janajazz.com for more information.
Reflections on the Danube
History instructor Kjersti Vevle will be performing in Ethnic Dance Theatre’s Reflections on the Danube at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis on March 23rd-25th. For more information, please visithttp://www.ethnicdancetheatre.com.
Fear at the Ritz Theater
Dance instructor Angharad Davies attended a dance residency at the Maggie Allessee National Center for Choreography in Tallahassee, Florida, where she was working on local choreographer Megan Mayer’s work “Soft Fences.” Angharad Davies will also present “Fear,” a dance/theater piece, at the Renovate Festival at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis on March 16th through March18th. For additional information, please visit www.ritzdolls.com/?m=20120316&cat=9.
Bryant Lake Bowl Performances
Dance instructor Kaleena Miller will be showing work at 9×22 at the Bryant Lake Bowl in March (Date TBD, please check http://bryantlakebowl.com/calendar/list) and performing with Rhythmic Circus in “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!” in Michigan, Illinois, Los Angeles, and Florida.
Dial M for Murder
Theatre faculty member Gary Briggle is appearing in The Jungle Theater production of Dial M for Murder, as Chief Inspector Hubbard, playing February 3rd through March 18th. Directed and designed by Bain Boehlke, the cast includes Michael Boothe, Cheryl Willis, Terry Hemplemen, and Peter Moore. Try out your sleuthing skills on this classic thriller! Please visit www.jungletheater.com for more information.
Opera Caberet and Dona Nobis Pacem
Vocal chair Nathan Herfindahl has two upcoming performances: On March 11th, he will perform in “Opera Cabaret: A Tribute to Great American Singers of the Past” with the Duluth Festival Opera in Duluth, Minnesota. On April 14th, Nathan Herfindahl will be performing Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem with the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra in Houghton, Michigan.
ARENA at The Cowles Center
Dance instructor Rachel Freeburg will be performing with ARENA Dances by Mathew Janczewski at The Cowles Center on March 2nd-3rd. For additional information, please visit www.thecowlescenter.org/events/performances-events/mathew-janczewskis-arena-dances.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Guthrie
Musical Theatre faculty member Melissa Hart is performing in the role of Big Mama in the Guthrie production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof which plays through February 26th. For more inromation, please visit www.guthrietheater.org/plays_events/plays/cat_hot_tin_roof.
Dance Medicine Workshop
Dance instructor Jill Lile attended the Dance Medicine for Dance Educators Workshop in Washington D.C. in January. The two-day workshop addressed the most up-to-date information from medical journals about the physical and psychological health and well-being of dance students.
The Jana Nyberg Group
Instrumental faculty Jana Meckler of The Jana Nyberg Group will perform at Hells’ Kitchen in Minneapolis on Thursday, November 17 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. There’s no cover charge for the event. Visit www.janajazz.com for more information.
Kaleena Miller Stars in “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!”
Dance Faculty Kaleena Miller and members of Rhythmic Circus, named in City Pages for “Best Dance Performance of the Past Twelve Months” will be performing “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!” at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center’s main stage on Saturday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m. For more information, please visit www.burnsvillepac.com.
Suzy Messerole Directs Four Destinies
Mu Performing Arts presents the world premiere of Four Destinies, written by Katie Hae Leo and directed by SPCPA Theatre faculty Suzy Messerole. The show runs from October 15- October 30 at Mixed Blood Theatre. For more information, please visit www.muperformingarts.org.
Angharad Davies Presents at Bryant Lake Bowl
Dance faculty Angharad Davies presents “Fear” at the 9×22 Dance/Lab at Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis on October 26th. Other choreographers include Justin Jones and Elsie Martin.
The Jungle Theater’s New Production of Hamlet
Theatre faculty Gary Briggle stars in The Jungle Theater’s new production of Hamlet. The8 shows runs through October 9th. For more information, please visit www.jungletheater.com.
Check out the rock musical “The Who’s Tommy” at Pioneer Place in St. Cloud
Musical Theatre faculty Shannon Roberg choreographed the performance which runs through October 9th. For more information, please visit www.ppfive.com.
Instrumental Faculty Perform Live Soundtrack for Film
Instrumental faculty Mike Vasich, Nick Gaudette, and Zach Kline, members of group “Orange Mighty Trio,” performed a live soundtrack to a short film on October 6 at Trylon Microcinemain South Minneapolis. For more information, please visit http://take-up.org/series/17/#393.