The Musical Theatre Organization at SUNY Potsdam is excited to present “A Chorus Line,” running Thursday, April 12 through Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 PM in Dunn Dance Theatre. The production is free for SUNY Potsdam students, $7 for the general public and $5 for senior citizens and non-SUNY Potsdam students.
Developed in the 1970’s, “A Chorus Line” was written to tell the story of those without a voice – the dancers on the line in any given Broadway show. Co-creator and original co-choreographer Michael Bennett facilitated a series of interviews with Broadway chorus dancing veterans to tell their life stories, the ups and the downs. These stories were “workshopped” for two years before 19 concrete characters were created, only 8 of whom would be able to eventually perform “on the line.”
“A Chorus Line” features a book by James Kirkwood & Nicholas Dante, music by Marvin Hamlisch, and lyrics by Edward Kleban. The conception, original direction, and original choreography are credited to Bennett, with a co-choreographer credit to Bob Avian.
The production is entirely student-run under the advisement of Dr. Lonel Woods. A dedicated staff of students include Producer Audrey Saccone (a senior Vocal Music Business and Musical Studies: Theory/History major from Colonie, NY), Stage Director Gina Bilardi (a junior Theater Education major from Plainview, NY), Choreographer Jana Prager (a senior Dance and English Literature & Writing major from Valley Stream, NY), Music Director Jamilla Fort (a senior vocal Music Education major from Cortland, NY), Stage Manager Elizabeth Munz (a junior Theater major from Osceola NY).
Says Director, Gina Bilardi, “This show is not about spectacle. It is about the audience getting to know, and fall in love with, these very real characters. This classic, timeless musical reminds us of what it means to believe in a dream and stop at nothing to achieve it.”
The cast of characters is made up of 28 students who major in subjects varying from sociology to history to secondary education, not just music, dance, and theater. All of the performers onstage have felt a piece of what the characters in “A Chorus Line” felt, having to work hard in the day to survive in order to be able to perform your art in the evening.
“A Chorus Line” will be presented for only three performances: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 12-14 at 7:30 in Dunn Dance Theatre. Tickets are free for SUNY Potsdam students, $7 for the general public and $5 for senior citizens and non-SUNY Potsdam students. Seating is general admission and tickets will be available at the door. For advanced reservations, please call SUNY Potsdam Student Government Association at (315) 267-2588. Additional information can be found online at www2.potsdam.edu/mto.
The next series of open office hours for members for the campus community to meet with President Schwaller have been scheduled for the spring 2012 semester. To make a 15-minute appointment during one of the following times, please contact Diane Brown by phone at extension 2100 or by email at browndr:
Fri, March 30: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Thurs, April 5: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Wed, April 11: 11:00 a.m. - noon
We’ll be meeting at 7:30 in Kellas 102 for a workshop — Patrick Harris, Racq Alumnus, will be Skyping in to talk about what he’s up to, his post-SUNY experiences, and how the Racquette did (or didn’t?) factor into what he’s doing now (or plans to do)!
You sometimes hear it said that newspapers are dead. Now, $20 billion is the kind of “dead” most people would trade their lives for. You never hear anybody say “bars and nightclubs are dead!” when in fact that industry’s current revenue amounts to an identical $20 billion.
So the reason newspapers are in trouble isn’t that they aren’t making lots of money — they still are; advertising is a huge, huge business, as any app developer will try to tell you — but that their business models and payroll depend on so much more money. The U.S. newspaper industry was built to support $50 billion to $60 billion in total advertising with the kind of staffs that a $50 billion industry can abide. The layoffs, buyouts, and bankruptcies you hear about are the result of this massive correction in the face of falling revenue. The Internet took out print’s knees in the last decade — not all print*, but a lot.
Don’t just blame the bloggers. For decades, newspapers relied on a simple cross-subsidy to pay for their coverage. You can’t make much money advertising against A1 stories like bombings in Afghanistan and school shootings and deficit reduction. Those stories are the door through which readers walk to find stories that can take the ads: the car section, the style section, the travel section, and the classifieds. But ad dollars started flowing to websites that gave people their car, style, travel, or classifieds directly. So did the readers. And down went print.
The decline is stunning. “Last year’s ad revenues of about $21 billion were less than half of the $46 billion spent just four years ago in 2007, and less than one-third of the $64 billion spent in 2000,” Mark Perry writes. In the next few years — and hopefully, in the next few decades (I like print!) — we’ll see papers and magazines continue to invest in their websites and find advertising and pricing models that support journalism independently. Otherwise, one hopes that rich people continue to be fond of paying for the production of great writing on bundles of ink and paper.
Exclusively on Tumblr: Java Barn crowd too distracted for Zach Deputy
Ben Houck Publisher
“Really?” Deputy fans sighed.
“Yeah, he just wasn’t feeling it I guess.”
The massive, bearded and typically buoyant solo performer Zach Deputy never hit stride at St. Lawrence University’s Java Barn this past Thursday.
Maybe the sound wasn’t loud enough, a first for the Barn. Maybe it was because people were otherwise occupied, tripping on drugs and over each other. Sadly, this is a common occurrence. Maybe it was because performers outside were distracting the crowd with their flaming, kerosene-dowsed antics – another first.
Or, maybe the Java Barn just isn’t a place to simply appreciate music anymore.
Though I’m a devoted Java Barn fan, I was considerably disappointed the night one of my favorite performers came to play. Of the four times I have seen Zach Deputy, this was the only show he wasn’t smiling ear to ear the entire time with the whole crowd dancing to every brilliantly looped creation.
There was nothing to be disappointed about in Zach Deputy’s artistry. The man hit every note of his four octave vocal range and certainly proved again that he is the most groove-oriented guitar player out there. He can beat box like no other and improvised brilliantly on the spot with loop pedals and other electronic effects. His one-man band performance had a fuller and more organic sound than the other five- or six-piece bands that frequent the barn. Enough said.
It’s safe to say that being stone sober and very distracted by surroundings prevented many from riding the momentum of the performance. It also doesn’t help that Deputy kept it mellow and never really climaxed. This is likely because he could tell a large portion of the people in the crowd weren’t there entirely to see him.
As a fantastic North Country venue, the Java Barn always gets a second chance. However, I am one of the many who worry the music that makes the Java Barn so great is becoming less of the focus of its clientele.
Help SUNY Potsdam’s student-run radio station win a College Radio Woodie! Vote. Make your friends vote. Then vote again.
The final round of voting for the mtvU Woodie Awards “College Radio Woodie” has begun and it’s down to the Top 10 student-run radio stations in the country as voted by you. Your favorite station needs your help to win the coveted College Radio Woodie Award! This is the FINAL round and there will be only one winner chosen so help vote your College Radio Station to the top. Vote now and spread the word!
CLICK HERE and show the WAIH’s VOTE button some love. Voting ends March 9 at 12 p.m.
From The Student Press Law Center’s College Top Ten List The ten questions college student journalists most frequently ask about their rights
Q: If school officials or student governments fund a student publication, radio or television station, can’t they censor it like any other publisher or owner could? A: Not at a public school. The courts have ruled that if a school creates a student news medium and allows students to serve as editors, the First Amendment drastically limits the school’s ability to censor. Among the censoring actions the courts have prohibited are confiscating copies of publications, requiring prior review, removing objectionable material, limiting circulation, suspending editors and withdrawing or reducing financial support. (The Supreme Court’s Hazelwood ruling gives administrators at K-12 schools added leeway to censor some publications, but — with the exception of one federal court ruling impacting only Wisconsin, Indiana and Illinois — no court has given college officials the Hazelwood level of authority.)
We’ll be meeting in Kellas 103 instead of our regular room (Union 204) because we have a guest speaker! Racquette Alumna Ashley Saupp will be Skyping in with us at 8:00 p.m. to talk about postgrad life. Don’t miss out!
Please come prepared to take notes and to ask Ashley at least one question. The impact of these workshops is directly proportional to your involvement so participation is encouraged. Thank you for making our past workshops successful!