The Rimers of Eldritch: A Dark, Contemporary “Our Town”

January 31, 2012 by | Performances

The Department of Theatre had originally planned to produce the classic stage play Our Town this spring.  When, unexpectedly, the rights were no longer available, the Department Chair, Dr. Nina LeNoir, had to find a replacement for the season.  “I didn’t have to look very far,” she says, “as the Pulitzer-prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson’s play,

Dance and Music Students Tour the Western United States During Interterm

January 31, 2012 by | CoPA News

The Chapman University Dance Touring Ensemble, directed by assistant professor of dance Alicia Okouchi-Guy, consists of an elite group of 14 dance majors who rehearsed throughout the fall semester for an interterm tour of numerous high schools in Southern California as well as throughout the San Francisco and San Jose area and Las Vegas.  This

Theatre Majors Off to Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival!

January 31, 2012 by | Performances

The Chapman University Department of Theatre is fielding a team of 16 actors to participate in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Competition at the Region VIII Festival of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) in Ogden, Utah, February 7-11, 2012.  Since 1972, the Irene Ryan Foundation has awarded scholarships to the outstanding student

Dance Major Spends Interterm Performing on Both Coasts

January 31, 2012 by | Student News

Current dance major Zak Schlegel (’13) has been hard at work over the winter break.  Zak is performing with Backhausdance, the award-winning Orange County modern dance company formed by alumna Jennifer Backhaus (’94). First stop was New York City, where he danced in Backhausdance’s “Incandescent” for the annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) conference.

Meet Artist-in-Residence Carol Neblett

January 31, 2012 by | Uncategorized

Internationally renowned operatic soprano Carol Neblett has been appointed Artist-in-Residence in the Conservatory of Music by Chapman University Chancellor Daniele Struppa. The College of Performing Arts is delighted that Ms. Neblett’s tenure with the institution has been recognized in this official capacity.  Ms. Neblett will coach opera students, helping them to develop in their

Theatre Alumna Lands Role in Lifetime Movie

January 31, 2012 by | Alumni

Department of Theatre alumna Rachel Parsons (’06) was featured in a supporting role as a high school student in Shattered Silence,  an independent film shown on the Lifetime network as Sexting in Suburbia  in January.  The film is loosely based on a true story of cyber bullying that happened Rachel’s current hometown in

48th Annual Wassail Holiday Concert and Banquet December 2 and 3

November 10, 2011 by | Performances

A longstanding Chapman tradition, the Holiday Wassail has delighted sold-out capacity crowds for many years. We can trace the long history of the Holiday Wassail back to many familiar venues on our beautiful campus:  intimate dinners in DeMille Hall, Argyros Forum, and most recently in the Bush Conference Center; holiday-themed concerts in Wilkinson Hall,

Fall Dance Concert to Feature Merce Cunningham MinEvent

November 8, 2011 by | Performances

The Department of Dance is presenting its annual Fall Dance Concert December 7-10, 2011, featuring the work of legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham. The department is privileged to be a part of an exclusive list of schools performing his work as part of the Cunningham Legacy Tour in the wake of his passing in 2009, including The Juilliard

New Play Announced for Spring 2012

November 3, 2011 by | Performances

Our spring season will now include the classic drama The Rimers of Eldritch by Lanford Wilson.  In a decaying Bible-belt town, a murder trial takes place.  Everyone knows who is guilty, but no one knows why.  In this award-winning Off Broadway play by Lanford Wilson, the everyday events of a small town in the Midwest