Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center

 

Paul Reiser with opening act Vance GilbertPaul Reiser with opening act Vance Gilbert
Fine Arts Season Feature Presentation

Sept. 22, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Ataloa Theatre

The evening will be hosted by Oklahoma comedian Rob Neville and open with jazz from Vance Gilbert, with a featured stand-up comedy act by Paul Reiser. A seasoned actor, writer and producer, Paul Reiser continues to add to his list of accomplishments. Often associated with the NBC series "Mad About You," Reiser has continued  to work in film:  "Whiplash," "Concussion," "Diner," " Bye Bye Love," "The Marrying Man," "Aliens," "One Night at McCool's," and "Beverly Hills Cop I & II;"  TV movies: "Behind the Candelabra," "Red Oaks," "Life After Beth;" and TV series "Married." He has published two bestselling books, screen plays, music, continued to have theatrical performances and most importantly for this performance, Paul was voted one of Comedy Central’s “Top 100 Comedians of All Time.”
In addition to the performance the company will conduct a master-class/residency training.  Details to be announced.

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MedeaMedea by Euripides
Translated by Diane Arnson Svarlien
ECU Theatre Production

Oct. 6-8, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Chalmers Herman Theatre

Medea is a classic Greek tragedy about a woman scorned.  Years after helping Jason and the Argonauts kill the Minotaur and find the golden fleece, Medea finds herself exiled in Corinth with her husband Jason about to divorce her and marry the daughter of King Creon.  Because of her threats, she is to be exiled from Corinth, but not before exacting her final revenge on Creon and Jason.  This translation by Diane Arnson Svalien uses iambic pentameter for spoken passages and lyrical meter for chanted and song passages.
 

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ShowtimeShowtime

Nov. 4-5, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Dorothy I. Summers Theatre

Showtime is ECU's musical song and dance performance group.  Each semester they prepare numbers which they perform for local organizations and schools. Near the close of the semester, they perform a home show. This is the fall performance of the group.

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Hal Ketchum with opening act Clint AustenHal Ketchum with opening act Clint Austen
Fine Arts Center Feature Presentation

Nov. 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Ataloa Theatre

This performance will feature a juxtaposition of old and new country music. Since 1986, country legend Hal Ketchum has released 11 albums and had 17 charted hits with two reaching #2 on the Country Hot 100 chart.  An legendary actor, artist and singer, Hal Ketchum along with the younger performer Clint Austin will provide the audience with a synopsis of country music’s last 30 years. Recently signed Clint Austen is from Ada, his first major EP is scheduled to be released on iTunes in the coming months.
 

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Student Directed One ActsStudent Directed One Acts
ECU Theatre Production

Nov. 17-19, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Chalmers Herman Theatre

 

This is a collection of one-act plays from the students in the COMM 3413 Play Directing.  The students in the class control all aspects of their productions from play selection to casting to final performances.

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Charlotte's WebTheatreworks USA presents "Charlotte's Web"
Fine Arts Center Feature Presentation

Jan. 20, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Ataloa Theatre

 Theateworks USA is the nation’s premiere childrens theatrical company.  They will be performing E.B. White's loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. Wilbur has a problem: how to avoid winding up as pork chops! Charlotte, a fine writer and true friend, hits on a plan to fool Farmer Zuckerman -- she will create a "miracle." Spinning the words "Some Pig" in her web, Charlotte weaves a solution which not only makes Wilbur a prize pig, but ensures his place on the farm forever. This treasured tale, featuring mad-cap and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love and the true meaning of friendship. The company will also host a master class for high school and college students.
 

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Legally Blonde The MusicalLegally Blonde The Musical
ECU Theatre Production

Feb. 16-18, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Ataloa Theatre

 

Based on the popular 2001 movie starring Reese Witherspoon, Legally Blonde tells the story of Elle Woods, a sorority girl who enrolls at Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend Warner. She discovers herself in the course of the play and how her knowledge of the law can help others.  The show features Music and Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin with Book by Heather Hach based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture.

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She Stoops to ConquerShe Stoops to Conquer
ECU Theatre Production

April 6-8, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Chalmers Herman Theatre

Oliver Goldsmith's 1773 play tells the story of the arranged marriage of Charles Marlow and Kate Hardcastle. Only one problem - Charles is nervous around upper-class women, but very comfortable with common women. Kate realizes that if Charles is to woo her, she must "stoop" to becoming common.  The story gets some modern twists in this production which contains adult situations.
 

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Songs of the Fall with opening act The Baptist GeneralSongs of the Fall with opening act The Baptist Generals
Fine Arts Season Feature Presentation

April 12, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Ataloa Theatre

Songs of the Fall is a Colorado-based Americana band featuring 5 time Grammy Nominee Cia Cherryholmes on banjo and vocals, and Stetson Adkisson on guitar and vocals. Songs of the Fall has been described as a meeting of celtic, delta blues and bluegrass and referred to as the American version of the Swell Season. Sonically, the music ranges from driving and gritty Americana performed by a 5-piece band to beautiful country ballads sung by Cherryholmes and Adkisson as a duo. Opening for Songs of the Fall are The Baptist Generals. Known for their claustrophobic and haunting musical imagery, the Baptist Generals have performed worldwide and are signed to the Sub-Pop recording label.
The bands will also host a master class for high school and college students.

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Collage' Spring Dance ConcertCollage' Spring Dance Concert

April 21-22, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Ataloa Theatre

ECU's premiere dance competition troupe, Collage and students in university dance classes offer a program of jazz, tap, ballet, modern, hip-hop including numbers choreoograpned by student dance minors.
 
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ShowtimeShowtime

April 28, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Dorothy I. Summers Theatre

Showtime is ECU's musical song and dance performance group.  Each semester they prepare numbers which they perform for local organizations and schools. Near the close of the semester, they perform a home show. This is the spring performance of the group.

 

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John Waters "This Filthy World"John Waters "This Filthy World"
Momentum Ada
Fine Arts Center Feature Presentation

May 19, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Ataloa Theatre

John Waters is a man of many monikers:  The Prince of Puke, The Duke of Dirt, The Sultan of Sleaze.  Anyway you put it, John Waters is famed the world over for his trash epics including  "Pink Flamingos," "Female Trouble," "Desperate Living," "Polyester," "Serial Mom," "Pecker,"  "Cecil B. Demented" and "A Dirty Shame." Two of his more surprisingly commercial films have been adapted for the stage: "Hairspray", winner of eight Tony Awards and "Cry Baby - The Musical" nominated for four Tony Awards. In the summer of 2007, "Hairspray" reinvented itself cinematically as a big-budget Hollywood movie starring John Travolta that became a smash hit worldwide.
"This Filthy World" is Waters’s rapid-fire one-man spoken word "vaudeville" act that celebrates the film career and joyously appalling taste of the man William Burroughs once called "The Pope of Trash."  It is updated and expanded from the original film version that enjoyed critical success at the Edinburgh, Toronto and Berlin Film Fest.
 

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