The Legend of the Pinball Wizard A Dramaturgical Look into 'The Who's Tommy'

February 24, 2017 by Katherine Dumas '17 and Sam Schlernitzauer '17 | CoPA News

The Who’s Tommy reaches deep and leaves no element of heartbreak unexplored in its tale of self-discovery and familial reconciliation. It is a challenging musical for many reasons; actors must infuse every moment with energy worthy not only of immortal rock stars, but also of vulnerable humans. The Pinball Wizard of The Who’s Tommy experiences the glories of rock and roll and

CoPA promises a rocking good ‘Tommy’ and a new Wizard to watch

February 21, 2017 by Dawn Bonker | CoPA News

Of course, Pinball Wizard is his favorite number. Never mind that it’s hard to keep a straight face as an absurdly-costumed cast prances around him while he compulsively plays a pinball machine. This is The Who’s Tommy, and if you’re Tommy you just have to love the iconic moment in the 1969 rock opera when

Chapman Theatre Students Participate in National Initiative

January 18, 2017 by | Theatre

As of late, many students and artists have been wondering what they can do to make their voices, and the voices of others, heard. As you can imagine, these thoughts have been manifesting twice as much within student-artists. That is particularly why the Coalition of Artistic Students in Theatre (CAST), a club within the Department

‘Intimate Apparel’ by Lynn Nottage opens Dec. 1 in Waltmar Theatre African-American experience in 1905 New York still resonates in 21st century

November 29, 2016 by Robyn Norwood | Theatre

The smoothness of the finest white satin. The warm black skin of her husband. A stash of savings sewn into a hem. These are some of the things that Esther, an African-American seamstress filled with longing in playwright Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel, can feel under her fingertips but is not meant to keep for her

A view of ‘this society we live in,’ conveyed in dance Renowned choreographer Ido Tadmor creates original piece for Chapman dancers.

November 21, 2016 by Dawn Bonker | CoPA News

Surrounded by small piles of dark sweaters and jackets, 21 Chapman University student dancers swirl around the floor at the Partridge Dance Center. Despite their closeness, the dancers avoid each other’s touch and stick to their contained spheres of motion. Several times they lift cupped hands to their eyes, creating singular tunnel visions. This collection

Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music’s Nicholas returns from Guatemala conducting residency

November 18, 2016 by | Music

Dr. Christopher J. Nicholas, Director of Bands, Woodwinds and Brass Studies in Chapman’s Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music, recently returned from a week-long conducting residency in Guatemala City, Guatemala as part of the 2016 Seminario Internacional de Bandas. “As the featured guest conductor and clinician for the 2016 Seminario Internacional de Bandas, I rehearsed the ensemble

LA Opera “AKHNATEN” director Phelim McDermott visits CoPA Renowned British theatre director talks improvisation for theatre and opera

November 10, 2016 by | CoPA News

On Sunday, November 6, renowned British theatre director Phelim McDermott spent 90 minutes with Dr. Theresa Dudeck and her theatre students in the Waltmar Theatre, talking about his range of work over the last 30 years as a theatre and opera director, creator, collaborator, and improviser. McDermott, one of the masterminds behind the dark, Olivier Award-winning

Opera Chapman presents “Kurt Weill after Dark – A Cabaret-style Review”

October 18, 2016 by Veronica Kompalic | CoPA News

This weekend October 21-23, Opera Chapman will perform selections from  two of Kurt Weill’s masterworks at Musco Center for the Arts. The show consists of a compilation of arias and duets from Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny) and Street Scene, two of Weill’s masterpieces, performed in the

Department of Theatre presents timely repertory productions "Good Kids" and "Dog Sees God" open this week in the Studio Theatre

October 10, 2016 by | CoPA News

This week, the Department of Theatre opens with two repertory productions focused on timely issues that are found in today’s headlines and faced by today’s youth. Good Kids by Naomi Iizuka, directed by James Gardner, and Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead by Bert V. Royal, directed by Nanci Ruby, begin an alternating schedule October 11 through

John Benitz appointed Chair for Department of Theatre

June 28, 2016 by | CoPA News

Chapman University’s College of Performing Arts announced Professor John B. Benitz has been appointed the new chairperson for the Department of Theatre, effective immediately. Benitz shared the department chair responsibility in the 2015-16 academic year with Professor Don Guy as the department transitioned from the leadership of Dr. Nina LeNoir who held the position from