Clarksville, TN – Next fall, the Austin Peay State University Department of Theatre and Dance will offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in musical theatre. That means some of the glamour and energy of the big New York shows will begin trickling into the University’s Trahern Theater.
Later this month, the department will offer a sneak peak of that program with its new show, “Broadway on the Cumberland.”
Clarksville, TN – Patrons of the arts at Austin Peay State University joined creators of art at a festive celebration at F&M Bank’s Franklin Room in downtown Clarksville last week.
The annual Soiree on Franklin, in its fifth year and sponsored by the Acuff Circle of Excellence board of directors, featured representations of all of APSU’s arts disciplines: music, dance and theatre, creative writing and the visual arts. This year’s theme, “Coming Home to the Arts,” was chosen to tie into the University’s Homecoming Week.
Austin Peay students from the cast of the upcoming “Broadway on the Cumberland.” entertain at the 2014 Soiree on Franklin.
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s Area of Theatre in association with the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts is presenting the tragic tale of King Lear. Written by the English poet and playwright William Shakespeare, King Lear” is the story of an old monarch who watches his worst nightmare come true as his kingdom and his sanity crumble under the ruthless, bloodthirsty hands of his two eldest daughters. The play reminds audiences that power often blinds one to the pretense of loyalty and fidelity, but in one’s most humble hour, true family and friends are discovered.
Dance is the noblest of the Arts. Using a human body as their canvas, a dancers’ performance treats the audience to a visual poetry written with their bodies in both form and motion.
The Austin Peay State University’s Theatre & Dance Department together with the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts is currently holding their Summer Dance Concert. One performance remains on Wednesday, August 11th, at 7:30PM, in the Clement Auditorium. The show features 9 numbers choreographed by both Faculity, Alumni, & Current Students and showcasing the talents of the students in the APSU Dance Program.
According to Artistic Director Marcus Hayes, “Dance Concerts provide good opportunities for students to explore their Choreographic ideas, and to see what happens when those ideas are brought to life in performance.”
A dancer leaps for the sky during the Finale of the Summer Dance Concert at APSU
There is one more show remaining in the APSU Spring Dance Concert at 2pm Sunday, Be sure to catch it!
Austin Peay State University’s Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the Theatre and Dance Department are currently holding their 4th annual Spring Dance Concert. The program directed by Marcus Hayes features 13 works choreographed by the incredibly talented Dance Faculty at APSU, and their students.
I described last summer’s dance concert as poetry in form and motion, and I stand by that description with the spring program. The student performers are incredibly graceful as they weave lithely back and forth across the stage in intricate patterns dictated by the music, and the joy in their souls.
We’ve got magic to do, just for you. We’ve got miracle plays to play. We’ve got parts to perform, hearts to warm. Kings and things to take by storm. As we go along our way.
So begins the story of Pippin, a young man seeking his way in the world. This young man just happens to be the son of Emperor Charlemagne. Pippin knows with all his heart that there are great things in store for his life, but he has a hard time figuring out just what they may be. So he sets off to figure out the purpose of his life. Along the way Pippin is manipulated into a variety of situations by the mysterious Leading Player. Intrigue, plots to bring disaster! Humor, handled by a master! Romance, sex presented pastorally! Illusion, fantasy to study! Battles, barbarous and bloody!
The leading player is being played by Chris Hardin an assistant professor of voice and movement at APSU. He brings an intensity to the role worthy of Ben Vereen from the 1973 Broadway Production.