Opera Chapman Collaborates With Pacific Symphony

March 14, 2012 by | Performances

The College of Performing Arts is pleased to announce an exciting new collaboration between the Pacific Symphony and Opera Chapman.  Prior to the Pacific Symphony concerts on February 23, 24 & 25 and March 1, 2 & 3, Opera Chapman soloists performed musical selections in the lobby of the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.  The


Fundraising Goal for the Center for the Arts Has Been Met

March 14, 2012 by | CoPA News

Chapman University has raised enough money to cover the cost of the $64 million Center for the Arts.  President Jim Doti announced in his 2012 State of the University address that the center’s cost had increased from $50 million after Chapman realized it would need to place the center partially underground because of the City


Music and Theatre Alumni Touring Together in Les Miserables!

March 14, 2012 by | Alumni

The College of Performing Arts reported last year Theatre alum Rachel Rincione (’02) landed a role in the ensemble in the new 25th anniversary U.S. touring company of Les Miserables.  Now she is joined by Music alum Weston Olson (’04) in the role of Courfeyrac!  The tour will stop


Elie Wiesel to Appear in the Waltmar Theatre

March 14, 2012 by | Performances

On April 16, The Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education and the Department of Theatre will present “A Readers’ Theatre Evening:  Excerpts from The Trial of God by Elie Wiesel”, directed by Theatre Chair Nina LeNoir.  Set in a Ukrainian village in 1649, following a pogrom in which all but two of the village’s Jews were


Artist-in-Residence Carol Neblett to Appear in Follies at the Ahmanson Theatre

March 14, 2012 by | CoPA News

Carol Neblett , Artist-in-Residence at the Conservatory of Music, will be playing the role of Heidi Schiller in Follies, The Kennedy Center’s critically acclaimed Broadway production of James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning musical, which will be transferring to the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles from May 3 through June 9, 2012.  When


Dance Alumna Wins “Dance Under the Stars” Grand Prize

March 14, 2012 by | Alumni

Dance alumna Elke Calvert (’11) won the Division II Grand Prize Award at the Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival with her original choreography, “Framed”, working with pre-professional dancers, at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert. The Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival is dedicated to the advancement of dance as an art form,


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.