Spells of the Sea, a swashbuckling tale of adventure and self-discovery, recently closed its whimsical, energy-filled world premiere. The musical for young audiences celebrates exploration, perseverance and the power of personal connection. Finley Frankfurter, a 15-year-old fisherwoman, is guided by grumpy lighthouse keeper H.S. Crank on a quest for the mysterious Elixir of Life. Created by Guinevere “Gwenny” Govea (B.A. in Theatre and Dance and Bachelor of Journalism, 2021) and Anna Pickett (B.S. in Applied Learning and Development), this show has constantly evolved, from its inception as a podcast in The Cohen New Works Festival to a season production with the Metro Theater Company. The artistic journey behind this original work has seen the pair navigate the transformative tides of creative expression, growing as writers, directors, performers and friends.
Dance Repertory Theatre returns this spring in EMERGE, presenting four new works from professional and student choreographers. Exploring themes of emergence, EMERGE seeks to reflect on history in order to imagine a way forward, elevating the inventiveness and interconnectivity of moving art forms. Each piece showcases its choreographer’s unique dance style and background, performed by our talented dance students and accentuated by detailed design elements. The result is an evening of dance performance that immerses audiences in four multi-faceted worlds, celebrating the ways dance can move us and shape us.
UTNT (UT New Theatre) provides playwrights with the unique opportunity to see their plays take shape in front of audiences for the first time. Behind each production and reading, teams of theatre artists have worked together to bring the scripts from page to stage. The diverse variety in this year’s UTNT showcase encompasses paranormal conspiracies, extraterrestrial experiences, long-from improv and a collection of stories centering female voices. The developmental process behind each of these productions is often a transformative experience, allowing for creatives to discover more about their craft, society and themselves.