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Showcase: Xavier improvisational comedy

By: Grant Vance ~Staff Writer~ Xavier’s Department of Music and Theatre provides different opportunities for students in the realms of performance, stage management, technical work and theatrical design. There are dramatic, musical and comedic shows produced by the department both for theatre and non-theatre major students. In the wake of Xavier’s fall show “The Last … Continue reading

The new “King” of Broadway

By: Zenab Saeed ~Staff Writer~ The wait to be king is over. Disney’s Broadway musical “The Lion King” is now the highest grossing production in entertainment history. Grossing over $6.2 billion worldwide following its 17th year on the stage, “The Lion King,” recently surpassed every film or stage show ever at the box office, earning … Continue reading

Dr. Jim Daughters joins Department of Music and Theatre

By: Liz Slocum ~Staff Writer~ The Xavier University Department of Music and Theatre has a new interim director. Dr. Jim Daughters has stepped into the position of director of instrumental studies for the new school year. Daughters’ new position puts him at the head of ensembles such as the Xavier Pep Band and Symphonic Winds. … Continue reading

“The Great Gatsby” faithfully dazzles

By: Meredith Francis ~Campus News Editor~ The Queen City’s own Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (CSC) recently premiered Simon Levy’s stage adaptation of the American novel “The Great Gatsby,” and the results are as beautifully tragic as the novel itself. Whether or not theatergoers are fans of the novel, CSC’s stage adaptation incorporates stunning artistic elements to … Continue reading

Aeschylean tragedy inspires Honors students

Classics students set to present, in its entirety, Prometheus Bound, one of the most famous Greek plays By: Zenab Saeed ~Staff Writer~ Dr. Shannon Hogue’s upperlevel Honors Greek 351 class is preparing to stage a production of Aeschylus’ classic Greek tragedy, “Prometheus Bound.” Dr. Shannon Hogue, whose area of expertise is Greek archaeology, described the … Continue reading

A Cinderella story

By: Allison Wisyanski ~Staff Writer~ On Sept. 16, Keke Palmer stepped into Cinderella’s glass slippers as the first African-American actress ever to play the role on Broadway. “Cinderella,” a Rodgers and Hammerstein production, debuted a year and a half ago and won a Tony award. This marks the first time an African-American woman has played … Continue reading

Players preview

By: Eric Minion ~Staff Writer~ With the Xavier University Theatre Department successfully kicking off its season with “The Last Five Years,” Xavier’s student-operated theater club, Xavier Players, also has much in store. Students should know that Xavier Players is busy with a full season scheduled for the year. There is the return of “Toolbox,” the … Continue reading

“Sherlock” succeeds

By: Alex Spindler ~Arts & Entertainment Editor~ Regional theater company Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park unveiled its season opener, “Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club,” to a packed house on Sept. 11. Written by Jefferey Hatcher and based on characters penned by both Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Robert Louis Stevenson, “Holmes” … Continue reading

Schnipke takes over

By: Zenab Saeed ~Guest Writer~ Dr. Richard Schnipke has taken over as the director for Xavier’s concert choir. Dr. Schnipke, who was initially hired as the director of music education, is in his second year at Xavier and is now the Director of Choral Activities. In addition to directing Concert Choir, Schnipke directs both the … Continue reading

“The Last Five Years” opens with acclaim

By: Liz Slocum ~Staff Writer~ Xavier University’s rendition of Jason Robert Brown’s musical, “The Last 5 Years” opened on Sept. 5 at the Gallagher Theater to fantastic results. The plot follows a young couple from the first encounter to the development of mutual infatuation, followed by engagement, marriage and eventual breakdown. The story line offers … Continue reading

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