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The nationally recognized Department of Theatre and Dance at Millikin University is pleased to announce their 2012-2013 performance season, featuring a lively mix of dramas, comedies, musicals, operas, and dance concerts.

“Millikin’s Department of Theatre and Dance has served as a training ground for some of the best and brightest performing talent in entertainment today, evidenced by our alumni working at all levels in the industry,” remarked Interim Dean of the College of Fine Arts Laura Ledford. “The annual performance season is a great opportunity for Central Illinois residents to experience the same quality of professional theatre found in major cities at a fraction of the cost.”

The following is the lineup of events for the 2012-2013 academic year.

“The Little Dog Laughed”
Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre
Oct. 10-13, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 14, 2 p.m.
Tickets: $8

Mitchell Green stands on the cusp of Hollywood stardom. Young, handsome, and talented, he appears poised to conquer the silver screen, but for one tiny little problem: a slight recurring case of homosexuality. Douglas Carter Beane’s uproarious contemporary comedy follows the story of Mitchell and his brazen, manipulative, and acerbic agent, Diane, as they attempt to navigate these treacherous waters of Hollywood celebrity.

“Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella”
Kirkland Fine Arts Center
Nov. 9-10, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 11, 2 p.m.
Tickets: $12-$19.50

The timeless enchantment of a classic fairy tale is reborn with Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Cinderella was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. Experience the charm and elegance of this magical story as it comes to life on the Kirkland stage. Watch for information on an exciting event before the Sunday matinee: The Cinderella Tea. Take your princess or prince to meet Cinderella and friends before the performance.

Albert Taylor Theatre
Dec. 5-8, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 9, 2 p.m.
Tickets: $10-$12

Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy takes us into the decaying mind of Scotland’s noblest warrior. Treachery becomes necessity as ambition thrusts characters toward their own delusion and possible damnation. There is no safe haven as danger lurks behind every corner in this raw production of Shakespeare’s classic.

Albert Taylor Theatre
Feb. 27 – March 2, 7:30 p.m.
March 3, 2 p.m.
Tickets: $10-$12

Sensationalized trials, depersonalized medicine, capital punishment, and marital infidelity, all topics current today, are explored in this expressionist drama from 1928. Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal is the story of a woman who murders her husband – an ordinary young woman who dares to push against the machinations of the society around her.

“Spring Awakening”
Albert Taylor Theatre
April 17-20, 7:30 p.m.
April 21, 2 p.m.
Tickets: $12-$16

Setting classic text to a contemporary rock score, Spring Awakening, the ground breaking musical by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater examines adolescent love, the trials of puberty, and the struggles young people face in a challenging and ever-changing world. Inspired by Frank Wedekind’s controversial play of 1891, Spring Awakening takes a provocative look at the process of growing up.

“Equinox: A Concert of Dance”
Kirkland Fine Arts Center
May 4, 7:30 p.m.
May 5, 2 p.m.
Tickets: $8

The intersection of rhythm, movement, and light is an exhilarating place to be when these basic elements collide in a dazzling display of artistic order. Equinox: A Concert of Dance offers an exciting evening of student and faculty choreographed works spanning an array of dance styles.

Tickets for the 2012-2013 Theatre and Dance season productions can be purchased at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center Box Office. Box Office hours are Monday through Tuesday and Thursday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and three hours prior to every Kirkland performance. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.kirklandfinearts.com. A $2.50 fee will be charged for credit card purchases. This is a per transaction fee, not per ticket, and applies to online and Box Office orders.

Millikin University believes that the arts are essential to the enrichment of society and a fundamental part of the educational process. Millikin’s founder, James Millikin, declared that men and women should have both a classical and practical education to meet the demands of a changing society. The Department of Theatre and Dance supports this mission through production of these performing arts events.
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