After a yr of restricted and digital occasions, Oakland College’s College of Music, Theatre and Dance is thrilled to unveil its new out of doors stage for “OU Outdoors the Field,” a performing arts competition working April 5 – June 27, 2021. The competition will function performances by SMTD college students, artists-in-residence and college in a protected, out of doors setting on the OU campus.
“We’re past excited to have this chance to securely showcase our college students and put their work entrance and heart on this performing arts collection,” mentioned Amy Hardison Tully, director of the College of Music, Theatre and Dance. “Attributable to COVID-19 protocols, our indoor efficiency experiences are restricted and this exterior possibility will exhibit the very best ranges of our resilience and creativity. Our audiences is not going to be disenchanted!”
All occasions, together with these which are free, require a complicated ticket buy/reservation at www.etix.com/ticket/v/18543/varner-courtyard-oakland-university. Tickets could also be printed at house or offered on cell units on the door.
Performances will embrace:
Failure: A Love Story
By Philip Dawkins | Staged studying, directed by Monica Orozco Lopez
Monday, April 5 at 4 p.m.
Tuneful songs, and a whimsical refrain comply with the story of Nelly, Jenny June, and Gerty as they dwell out their lives above the household clock restore store close to the Chicago River, earlier than their time unexpectedly runs out. A magical, musical fable the place, ultimately, the facility of affection is much higher than any particular person’s successes or failures.
Percussion Ensemble Live performance
Wednesday, April 7 at 5:30 p.m.
College students from the percussion studio exhibit their abilities on works using a myriad of percussion devices. Varied sized teams will carry out, together with proficient soloists. Composers Jean Sibelius, John Williams, Claude Debussy and Peter Tchaikovsky might be featured.
Repertory Dance Firm: Ship It!
Friday, April 9 at 2 and 4 p.m.
“Ship it!” is a visible collage of the various makes use of of an on a regular basis U-Haul field. Come and expertise the choreographic and audio show of this new dance, carried out by the Repertory Dance Firm and Jon Anderson, below the route of Thayer Jonutz, affiliate professor of dance.
Akwaaba African Drum Ensemble and Pan-Jumbies Metal Band
Saturday, April 10 at 4 p.m.
Be a part of the scholars of Akwaaba and the Pan-Jumbies as they current music from Africa and the Caribbean. This live performance will function conventional items in addition to pupil and college compositions. Chinelo Amen-Ra and Patrick Fitzgibbon, administrators.”
Oakland Chorale and College Refrain
Sunday, April 11 at 2 p.m.
After almost a yr of working solely on-line over Zoom, the Refrain and Chorale lastly have the chance to share music collectively in a single place. Be a part of us for this brief, thrilling live performance! Michael A. Mitchell, conductor. Brandon Gauvin, assistant conductor and piano.
Oakland College Brass Ensembles
Sunday, April 11 at 5:30 p.m.
Chamber ensembles of the Oakland College trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium and tuba studios. David Denniston, Kenneth Kroesche and Jennifer Oliverio, administrators.
Jazz Band and Jazz Combos Live performance
Tuesday, April 13 at 5:30 p.m.
Tim Blackmon, Marion Hayden and Enrique Rios-Ellis, administrators.
Thursday, April 15 at 6 p.m.
A presentation of operatic scenes from The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, Die Fledermaus, Orfeo ed Euridice, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Carmen, and Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Offered on the competition stage, that is positive to be a mix of lovely singing, drama, and laughs. Drake Dantzler, director. Victoria Shively, musical director. Amanda Sabelhaus, piano.
New Theatre Scholar Showcase
Friday, April 16 at 2 p.m.
Ngoma – World Percussion Ensemble
Sunday, April 17 at 2 p.m.
The OU World Percussion Ensemble presents a live performance of unique music for world percussion. This system will function new works by graduate college students Braden Macchia and Daniel Shiller, a collective composition by your complete ensemble, and three new works by Prof. Mark Stone written/organized throughout his current sabbatical. Mark Stone, director.
Senior Dance Live performance: Keep in mind, Keep in mind Not
Monday-Tuesday, April 19-20 at 7 p.m.
Offered by BFA senior dance majors, Keep in mind, Keep in mind Not brings solo and group works to the Oakland College out of doors stage.
Younger Choreographers Discussion board
Friday – Sunday, April 22, 23 and 24 at 7 p.m.
Oakland College dance majors will current their work on the Younger Choreographer’s Discussion board. Come see what these proficient artists have created as they rise above a yr of hardship within the arts, and press on with creating revolutionary and galvanizing new works.
Choreography II Performances
Friday, April 23 at 2 p.m.
Choreography II college students have been excavating, experimenting, improvising, and constructing motion research collectively and individually all through this yr. This yr has been a problem, however with these challenges, we have now discovered creativity and connection. We have now discovered that we’re resilient, we’re passionate, we’re movers, we’re artists, we’re improvisers, we’re storytellers, we’re human. College students might be performing a set of labor they’ve been cultivating all through the semester. Elizabeth Riga, teacher.
The Servant of Two Masters
By Carlo Goldoni. Directed by Karen Sheridan.
April 24-25 and Could 1-2 at 2 p.m.
She is pretending to be him. He’s imagined to be useless. A marriage awaits. A dowry is within the stability. However, all of the confusion and intrigue does not change the growl within the servant’s abdomen. If he serves one grasp he could get a meal. If he serves them each he could get two. Is he intelligent? He is about to seek out out on this bodily comedy by Carlo Goldoni.
Instrumental Ensembles Live performance
Sunday, April 25 at 5:30 p.m.
That includes works for winds, brass and percussion by Kevin Day, Jennifer Jolley, Michael Daugherty, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Bela Bartok and John Harbison. Gregory Cunningham and Pamela L. Klena, conductors.
By Kassie Dunaj. Directed by Sophia Cannella. Dramaturgy by Emily Nichter.
Thursday, April 29 at 2 p.m.
Exes, a world premiere, options Veronica, a struggling author looking for her place on the earth. After assembly Eliza and taking a writing job at her up-start journal, Polish Journal, Veronica discovers her poisonous ex-boyfriend, Charlie, additionally works for the journal. Battling her previous and the longer term forward of her, she depends on her associates, Marney and Ben, to information her by means of this uncomfortable state of affairs. Exes, by Kassie Dunaj, is a coming of age story for everybody, reminding us to let go of the previous and to embrace the uncertainty of the longer term.
How To Succeed In Enterprise With out Actually Making an attempt
Music and Lyrics Frank Loesser
E book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock, and Willie Gilbert
Primarily based on “How To Succeed In Enterprise With out Actually Making an attempt” by Shepherd Mead
Directed by Don Brewer
Thursday, April 29 at 7 p.m.
Friday, April 30 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Could 1 at 2 p.m. and seven p.m.
Sunday, Could 2 at 7 p.m.
This Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical, is a narrative concerning the triumph of the frequent man amid the buffoonery of massive enterprise. When a stressed, artistic, and bold window washer named J. Pierrepont Finch occurs upon a e book entitled ‘The right way to Reach Enterprise With out Actually Making an attempt’, he decides to start his stand up the company ladder. With the e book’s directions and a dose of his personal cleverness, Finch navigates his wild rise to the highest of the World Broad Wicket Company, and he could discover love alongside the best way.
By Katori Corridor. Directed by Karen Sheridan.
Saturday, Could 1 at 9:30 p.m.
A fictional depiction of Dr. Martin Luther King’s final evening on earth. Katori Corridor’s good play takes place in Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel. Dr. King orders a cup of espresso from room service and a knock on the door brings his espresso and a reasonably maid who has solely seen him on the tv down at Woolworth’s. A friendship is solid as Dr. King prepares his subsequent speech and unbeknownst to him, his remaining journey.
Oakland College Brass Band
Wednesday, Could 5 at 6 p.m.
The Oakland College Brass Band performs works by Paul Lovatt-Cooper, Philip Sparke, John Williams and others. The live performance may even function Dr. Jennifer Oliverio, Oakland College’s new assistant professor of music, as cornet soloist. Kenneth Kroesche, conductor.
Take Root presents SixWord Tales
Friday, Could 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Could 8 at 2 p.m.
Utilizing a collection of six phrases to create a number of tales, Take Root creates a dialog of connection, perseverance and vulnerability. Carried out exterior at Oakland College, Take Root is of their aspect persevering with to thrive in breaking the fourth wall utilizing their visceral motion, below Take Root’s founder/director/choreographer Ali Woerner. Stay music created and composed by Take Root musical director Jon Anderson and accompanied by percussionist from Rela Percussion, Mike Record.
The Issues We Really feel: Kaitlin Enviornment Solo Dance Efficiency
Sunday, Could 9 at 4 p.m.
A self-produced present by Kaitlin Enviornment exhibiting a lot of new works. The items featured had been created to exhibit, specific, or talk completely different emotions we have now as people going by means of life.
Eisenhower Dance Detroit LIVE!
Saturday, Could 15 at 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, Could 16 at 2 p.m.
A night of exhilarating dance with the awe-inspiring dancers of Eisenhower Dance Detroit. This system contains works by worldwide choreographer Christian Denice, Inventive Director Stephanie Pizzo, Founding Inventive Director Laurie Eisenhower and a preview efficiency of Hyper by LA-based choreographer Micaela Taylor. The world-premiere of Hyper is scheduled for Spring of 2022 in Austria.
How I Grew to become a Pirate (youngsters’s play)
Thursday, June 3 at 10 a.m.
Friday, June 4 at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Saturday, June 5 at 2 p.m.
E book, Music and Lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman
Primarily based upon the e book “How I Grew to become a Pirate” Written by Melinda Lengthy and Illustrations by David Shannon
Directed by David Gram
A comic book opera in two acts with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert.
Directed by Drake Dantzler
Thursday – Sunday, June 24-27 at 5 p.m.
Persistence, or Bunthorne’s Bride — the sixth collaboration of Gilbert and Sullivan — is a satire on the aesthetic motion of the 1870s and ’80s in England, together with fads, superficiality, vainness, hypocrisy and pretentiousness, romantic love, rural simplicity and navy bluster.
“There may be nothing that may fill the sensation a dwell efficiency offers,” mentioned Ali Woerner, affiliate professor of dance, director and co-founder of Take Root, director of the Senior Live performance, and a member of the Season Planning Committee. “I’m extremely grateful that our college students can have the chance to point out the work they’ve created over the past yr to a dwell viewers. Performing artists feed off connections. I’m past pleased with the work our college students have created, a real testomony to their resilience and energy as artists.”
This occasion is made doable by means of the beneficiant help of Butzel Long, Cabaret 313, and Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART).
For a whole checklist of dates, occasions, efficiency descriptions, ticketing info and required security protocols, go to oakland.edu/smtd.
All occasions are topic to alter. Selections on climate situations might be communicated three hours earlier than the occasion.