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“Spring Awakening” successfully brings teenage angst to life

By: Taylor Roberts ~Staff Writer~ Xavier University’s Director of Theatre, Stephen Skiles, and the cast of ‘Spring Awakening’ brought teenage angst to life in four bold performances last weekend in the Gallagher Student Center Theater. This final production of Xavier Theatre’s 2014-15 season reminded the audience just how tough it is to grow up. This … Continue reading

‘It’s the Bitch of Living’

By: Zenab Saeed ~Staff Writer~ Xavier University’s Theatre is preparing to stage its production of “Spring Awakening,” a rock musical that focuses on the lives of a group of students and their coming-of-age journeys. The Tony Award winning musical features music written by Duncan Sheik and is based on the 1891 German play of the … Continue reading

‘Lion King’ makes a triumphant return

By: Andrew Koch ~Editor-in-Chief~ Disney and Broadway fans alike are in for a treat as “The Lion King” came roaring back to Cincinnati this month at the Aronoff Center. The show’s plot, based on the 1994 animated film of the same name (and itself an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”), is certainly familiar to movie- and … Continue reading

‘The Wiz’ to premiere as next live musical

By: Zenab Saeed ~Staff Writer~ Another live musical is in the works at NBC: on March 30, the network announced plans for “The Wiz” to be its next live musical performance program. “The Wiz” will be NBC’s third live musical, following “The Sound of Music” featuring Carrie Underwood in 2013 and “Peter Pan” with Allison … Continue reading

‘Starcatcher’ is humorous, but lacking

By: Griff Bludworth ~Staff Writer~ It is easy to feel as if theater demands either huge musical numbers or a profound stance on life to warrant its price of admission, especially at such a grand venue as Playhouse in the Park’s Marx Theater. The Playhouse’s production of “Peter and the Starcatcher” tries to subvert exactly … Continue reading

‘Anything Goes’ sails on shaky waters

By: Jon Hogue ~Staff Columnist~ As a part of its 2014-15 musical showcase, the Aronoff Center presented the Broadway classic, “Anything Goes.” Since 1934, “Anything Goes” has been a benchmark for theatrical excellence. The show’s current U.S. tour is a part of the production’s sixth theatrical revival. Several revivals have received Tony Awards for their … Continue reading

‘Midsummer’ marvels like none other

By: Alex Spindler ~Arts & Entertainment Editor~ A gaggle of medically-induced lovers, an aptly-named thespian who acts like an ass and a copious amount of conjuring make up the wonder that is the Xavier University Department of Music and Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s classic “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” This raucous production, directed by Jeremy Dubin … Continue reading

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

By: Aiyana Moore ~Staff Writer~ Love, obsession and jealousy follow four crisscrossed lovers as they venture into an enchanted fairy forest in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Now, with help from theater professional Jeremy Dubin of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Xavier’s theater department joins with the magic and humor in Shakespeare’s most famous comedy. “We like … Continue reading

‘SNL 40’ prompts guffaws and awkwardness

By: Grant Vance ~Staff Writer~ No one sitting in the audience of Studio 8H of Rockefeller Plaza on Oct. 11, 1975, could have ever predicted the importance of that Saturday night in New York City. Not only was it the premiere of “Saturday Night Live” — one of the most influential comedy shows in television … Continue reading

Faculty Profile: Rick Endres

By: Liz Slocum ~Staff Writer~ Students, faculty and visitorsoften have the opportunity to attend musical and theatrical performances at Xavier. However, they may not know just who holds the chaos of ticket sales and behind-the-scenes operations together to make these experiences possible. Since July 2014, this has been Richard Endres’ task. In addition to being the Director of Operations and Recruitment, a position he has held … Continue reading

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