1:40 PM Posted by UVU SOA
Utah Valley University’s Department of Theatrical Arts is proud to announce its first show of the new year, “Urinetown: The Musical,” a satirical comedy musical about a town where residents have to pay for the “privilege to pee” because of a drought. The show opens Thursday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. and will run through Jan. 30, with showings every night but Sunday.
In the musical, any citizen who refuses to use the public amenities is taken to “Urinetown,” a mysterious, no-man’s land from which no one ever returns. In response, the citizens stage a revolt against the powers that be, led by Bobby, the assistant janitor of the only free amenity in town. But complications arise when the leader of the revolution falls in love with the daughter of the water company president, who he has to kidnap for the cause.
“Urinetown” has won three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards. It is a musical for those who love musicals, in that it’s filled with traditional musical clichés, and for those who hate musicals, in that it mocks those same clichés. Its success in simultaneously commenting on itself and other musicals has made it critically acclaimed and beloved by audiences across the country.
“Urinetown is a really broad satire that is the Grapes of Wrath meets Forty-Second Street meets Three Penny Opera meets the Marx Brothers,” said Dave Tinney, director of the UVU production. “It is very sharp and very current while still being entertaining.”
“Urinetown: The Musical” will play in the Ragan Theater of UVU’s Sorensen Student Center. Additional matinee performances will be held Tuesday, Jan. 26 and Friday, Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. Tickets may be purchased by calling (801) 863-PLAY or online at www.uvu.edu/theatre. UVU Theater and its season are supported by the UVU School of the Arts.
8:32 AM Posted by UVU SOA
The Woodbury Art Museum presents contemporary works by two local artists from
February 5, 2010 to March 12, 2010. The opening reception is February 5th 6pm-8pm.
Tawni Shuler, UVU’s visiting faculty member, and Kelly Larsen, a UVU alumni, create paintings
that are very connected to their environments. Both concerned with nature’s role in
creation and destruction, the artists work to incorporate personal histories on the canvas.
Shuler looks to her past for influence, having grown up on a Wyoming farm, she
combines her sense of aesthetic responsiveness with the life and death, dirt and skin
experiences of her upbringing. Shuler’s work ranges in size from small to enormous and
will occupy two of the galleries in the museum. This exhibition displays recently created
works, including those completed while at UVU.
Larsen creates multi-media works that contain found elements, and include
gradual deterioration as part of the content. He will sometimes bury a partially finished
canvas underground for a period to allow natural processes to affect the visual state of
the work. The paintings in this exhibition demonstrate the range of possibilities that Larsen
seeks to integrate, and continue to expand the definition of the medium.
9:28 AM Posted by UVU SOA
The School of the Arts and the College of Science and Health at Utah Valley University are teaming up with Outback Steakhouse to host a luncheon in honor of Lucille Stoddard as she retires from the Utah State Office of Higher Education, all proceeds from the event will be donated to the Lucille T. Stoddard Scholarship. Join us for this event on January 27, 2010, 12 Noon at Outback Steakhouse, 372 E. 1300 S. Orem, Utah, (801) 764-0552. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased in advance from Campus Connection in the Sorenson Student Center, 801-863-8797 or at the door.
Lucille Stoddard served in a variety of capacities at Utah Valley University, including, the chair of the business department, dean of the business school, academic vice president, and interim president. She served her first term as interim president in 1987-1988 following the presidency of J. Marvin Higbee. Stoddard later served as interim president a second time in 2002-2003, before becoming the associate commissioner of the Utah System of Higher Education. Stoddard's husband, Frank Ferguson, is an architect, who along with Bruce Jensen and others, was responsible for the original UVU Orem campus design.
In October of 2009, Stoddard announced her retirement from the Utah System of Higher Education. The Deseret News stated that, “Stoddard worked for more than 30 years at Utah Valley State College, now Utah Valley University, before joining the state Board of Regents in governing higher education in the state of Utah. She has researched many topics of academe and written dozens of reports that, in turn, have helped direct policy-making at the nine public colleges and universities in the state.”
The Lucille Stoddard Scholarship will support students in The College of Science and Health based upon merit and need of the students. Community members can join with current and former UVU faculty, staff and students by helping to endow this scholarship. In addition to the purchase of a ticket for the January 27 luncheon, contributions can be made to the UVU Foundation, earmarked for the Lucille Stoddard Scholarship, and mailed to: Utah Valley University Foundation, 800 W. University Parkway, Orem, UT 84058-5999. Contributions will also be accepted at the Outback Steakhouse luncheon.
11:29 AM Posted by UVU SOA
Sponsored by the UVU Department of Dance and the School of the Arts, the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company will conduct a three day residency at Utah Valley University January 11-13. The residency will include master classes and lecture demonstrations for students in the Department of Dance and in Elementary Education dance courses. Highlights of the residency include master workshops taught by the current Artistic Director Charlotte Boye-Christensen, as well as the founder and former Co-Artistic Director Joan Woodbury. The residency will culminate in a formal concert January 13th at 7:30 p.m. in the Lakeridge Jr. High School Theatre, 951 South 400 West Orem, Utah. Tickets are $6.00 for students and faculty and $10.00 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Campus Connection 801-863-8797 or at the door the evening of the concert.
Founded by Joan Woodbury and Shirley Ririe, the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company has become a Utah institution and is recognized as a successful modern dance company combining formal performances and community residencies. Ririe-Woodbury first gained national recognition through the National Endowment's Artists In Schools and Dance Touring Programs.
In 2002, Charlotte Boye-Christensen joined Ririe-Woodbury as Associate Artistic Director and since then has choreographed over 15 works. In 2003 the Nikolais/Louis Foundation for Dance selected Ririe-Woodbury as the dance company to house the works of modern dance innovator Alwin Nikolais.
Ririe-Woodbury is known for its tremendous work in the education system of Utah. Their Step Lively is a statewide program aimed at assisting classroom teachers in meeting the objectives of the Utah Fine Arts Core Curriculum. Ririe-Woodbury has pioneered dance education in Utah and throughout the United States.
For information on the Department of Dance at Utah Valley University, see uvu.edu/dance