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A MaDaCol Dancer’s Experience

Elaina Lin, Theatre and Dance Reporter
December 15
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance, This Week

Editors Note: In addition to her duties with The Observer, Elaina dances in the Mather Dance Collective. She wrote this article to chronicle her experience with the group’s current production.   It is a pleasant and breezy Sunday afternoon. At this time of day, most students are hastening to finish...

PTG Presents “Chaika,” an adaption of Chekhov’s “Seagull”

PTG Presents “Chaika,” an adaption of Chekhov’s “Seagull”

Joseph Verbovszky, Theatre and Dance Reporter
December 1
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Features, Theatre & Dance, This Week, Top Stories

 “Sometimes people choose what’s bad for them;” says director Kelly McCready about the characters in Chekhov’s famous play. This seems to be their tragedy. Konstantin loves Nina and hopes to impress his actress mother, Arkadna, with his magnum opus. Nina, however, would sacrifice everything for ...

The Nutcracker at Playhouse Theater, A Holiday Necessity

The Nutcracker at Playhouse Theater, A Holiday Necessity

Anne Nickoloff, Music Reporter
December 1
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events, Theatre & Dance, This Week, Top Stories

This weekend, the Cleveland Orchestra accompanies the Joffrey Ballet in a magical performance of Tchaikovsky's “The Nutcracker.” This year's show has been performed only once so far, yesterday, in Cleveland, but four more performances are still lined up for the next couple of days. The perform...

Footlighters Present Avenue Q

Footlighters Present Avenue Q

Elaina Lin, Theatre and Dance Reporter
November 8
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events, Theatre & Dance, This Week, Top Stories

The lights brighten the stage, revealing the actors' expressions, along with voices harmonizing together, filling up the room. Footlighters, a student-run musical theater group, will be performing the modern musical “Avenue Q” this weekend at Carlton Commons.  The musical covers thematic issues and anxieties that c...

Eldred Theater Presents Brian Friel’s “Dancing at Lughnasa”

Eldred Theater Presents Brian Friel’s “Dancing at Lughnasa”

Joseph Verbovszky, Theatre and Dance Reporter
November 6
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events, Theatre & Dance, This Week, Top Stories

From the people who brought you “Rocky Horror Show” comes a tale quite different in nature: “Dancing at Lughnasa”(pronounced Loo-nasa). It is a bittersweet tale of five sisters as they experience the small human joys that flit briefly on the winds of hardship continually blowing through their lives. The siste...

Hip-Hop at CWRU: Urban Elementz

Hip-Hop at CWRU: Urban Elementz

Elaina Lin, Theatre and Dance Reporter
October 13
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Features, Theatre & Dance, Top Stories

The music is loud, with footsteps stomping rhythmically in time to the beat. This is not your average workout routine. Here in the Veale multipurpose room, Urban Elementz is taking hold of the dance floor.   Started in 2006, Urban Elementz seeks to spread the art of hip-hop dance to the Case Western Reserve ...

Late Night Double Feature: Rocky Horror comes to Eldred Theater!

Late Night Double Feature: Rocky Horror comes to Eldred Theater!

Joseph Verbovszky, Theatre and Dance Reporter
October 5
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Features, Theatre & Dance, Top Stories

This is not Strosaker! Rather than actors simply acting out the scenes from the iconic cult film on stage, Eldred is pleased to bring you an authentic theater production of the Rocky Horror Show in all its campy glory. Moreover, this is a very special production for Eldred. The last time Eldred put on a music...

Halftime Hype: The Spartan Dance Team

Halftime Hype: The Spartan Dance Team

Elaina Lin, Theatre and Dance Reporter
October 5
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance, Top Stories

The music crescendos, along with the crowd's cheers and sounds of excitement. Standing on the field is a group of students, no wait Spartans, dancers! The Spartan dance team performances at games and events have certainly brought not only excitement, but spirit and enjoyment as well. "We promote schoo...

This Week in Eldred Blackbox: “The Shape of Things”

This Week in Eldred Blackbox: “The Shape of Things”

Joseph Verbovszky, Theatre Reporter
August 31
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance, Top Stories

A human being is a work of art. The skin, blood, organs, thoughts, and personality are all colors of a palette. With a quick flick of the wrist, the minor imperfections – the birthmark, the oversized nose, the scars – can all be erased. The personality can be changed. Health habits can be improved....

In The Next Room, or The Vibrator Play

In The Next Room, or The Vibrator Play

Joseph Verbovszky, Staff Reporter
April 27
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

Enter Mrs. Daldry. Her paltry, exhausted form limps into Dr. Givings’ office, weak, sick, and shrouded under a black mourning veil as she withers under rays of the table lamp. Miserable and terrified, she shrieks in terror at the doctor’s mention of an “operating theater,” henceforth referred...

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