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Preview: Texas State fine arts season filled with variety

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The Texas State Performing Arts Center will be hosting events throughout the fall semester, beginning September 8.

Bobcats tend to be occupied with classes and extracurricular activities, but it’s nice to take a break and enjoy the finer things in life.

Texas State’s music, theater and dance departments have a lot in store for the upcoming fall semester.

Music

The School of Music will put on a variety of performances throughout the academic year.

For the fall semester, Bobcats can look forward to choral, opera, Latin music studies, orchestra, jazz, percussion and band concerts.

One of the bigger events to mark on the calendar is the Stars at Night Concert Series, which will feature world-class jazz and classical music artists.

The series will be held at the Performing Arts Center Recital Hall on Sep. 1, Sep. 29, Oct. 11, Nov.1 and Nov. 14.

On Dec. 8, the Texas State Jazz Ensemble will perform Duke Ellington’s “The Nutcracker.”

Latin Music Studies will have salsa nights at Stonewall Warehouse Oct. 7, Nov. 4 and Dec. 8.

Nancy Harris, administrative assistant for the School of Music, said Bobcats should attend the fall semester events for “enrichment, entertainment and enjoyment.”

Theater

Bridging between music and theatre, Texas State’s production of “Legally Blonde” will take place Nov. 15-20 at the Performing Arts Center.

The musical is based on the novel and the popular Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie.

Kaitlin Hopkins, head of musical theatre, said Laurence O’Keefe, Neil Benjamin and Heather Hatch wrote the musical.

“Elle Woods is the lead character and she’s in a sorority,” Hopkins said. “One of the things they’re going to be doing is having a Greek night performance where they invite all the fraternities and sororities to come.”

Hopkins said Texas State will host the Black and Latino Playwright Conference in September and will bring professional writers and directors to Texas State.

“They work on new plays written by African American and Latino playwrights,” Hopkins said. “They do a weekend of readings of the new plays and a tribute to African American or Latino artists who have made a significant contribution in theatre.”

Another show to look forward to is “Ajax in Iraq”. Written by Ellen McLaughlin, this production will take place Oct. 31 – Nov. 6.

“The play takes place during the Iraq War,” Hopkins said. “I think it’s going to be amazing because it will correlate along with the common experience for the fall.”

Deb Alley, chair of the Master of Fine Arts directing, said some other fall semester plays are Tartuffe, Stoning Mary and Belleville.

“‘Stoning Mary’ is a play about an impact of a dysfunctional family,” Alley said. “But it’s told in a very unusual way.”

Alley said this theater season will hold something for all attendees.

“Whether somebody likes something very traditional or a little odd, we have something for everybody’s taste,” Alley said. “Our productions in the past have had rave reviews, both regionally and nationally. A lot of times our musicals have been compared to Broadway-quality productions.”

Dance

LeAnne Smith, director of dance, said Texas State will host the Engagement Symposium of Philosophy and Dance Sep. 8-10.

The Mark Morris Dance Group, the Erick Hawkins Dance Company and the ARCOS dance company will perform concerts on those dates.

“Guest artists that come in teach classes to our students,” Smith said. “All of this is geared around giving our students opportunities to perform and participate in master classes by world-class dance artists.”

Smith said the dance division will host the Choreographers’ Showcase Nov. 17-18.

“It features choreography by junior and senior students,” Smith said. “They spend the entire semester crafting a piece.”

Smith said auditions for the student-lead Orchesis Dance Company will occur sometime during the fall semester.

Bobcats should attend dance productions in the upcoming fall semester, Smith said.

“We’re all human movers,” Smith said. “Movement informs who we are and how we interact with the world around us and how we see ourselves and other people.”