Temple Theaters Presents “Reggie Hoops”

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Kristoffer Diaz, a Pulitzer-Prize nominated playwright, is the first-ever recipient of Temple’s Playwright Residency Program. Through this program, Diaz collaborated with students and professors from Temple’s theater department and wrote a full-length play with the student artists in mind. The play, Reggie Hoops, will premiere at Temple this week as part of the mainstage season.

Reggie Hoops tells the story of former NBA assistant general manager Reggie, who, in present day, receives an offer that causes her to make a choice between the game she loves or being close to her beloved family. In the 1970s, her parents deal with the outcome of the violent 1977 New York City Blackout that affected their wedding day. The play examines these two events side-by-side, showcasing a family discovering strength to face difficult times and suffering, and the struggles of making difficult decisions.

Reggie Hoops features a cast of extremely talented Temple theater students. The production, which will be housed at the Randall Theater, will hold a preview of the show will be held on Tuesday, January 31st at 7:30 pm.

The play officially opens on Friday, February 3rd and runs until Sunday, February 12th. The performance on February 4th features a reception with the playwright, Kristoffer Diaz, after the show. There are both matinee and evening performances. This is the world premiere of the play, so it is definitely an event you do not want to miss!

Tickets are $25 for general admission, and $10 for students and faculty with a TUID. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Tomlinson Theater box office.

To learn more about Temple’s world premiere production of Reggie Hoops, visit its event page or its BroadwayWorld article.

Boyer College of Music Presents Family Holiday Concert

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With the holidays approaching, students at Temple are getting into the festive spirit by decorating their dorms, drinking hot cocoa, and blasting Christmas music. Listening to Christmas music is one of the best ways to fully get into the spirit, and the Boyer College of Music’s Holiday Concert is the perfect way to hear these classic songs live!

Boyer’s Family Holiday Concert features seasonal favorites performed by Temple University’s Jazz Band, Symphony Orchestra, and choirs. Come early at 4:30 PM for a special performance of Tim Warfield’s Jazzy Christmas in the main lobby, and a performance by the Temple University Horn Ensemble, directed by Jeffrey Lang, at 6:30 PM on the mezzanine.

The concert will be housed at Lew Klein Hall at the Temple Performing Arts Center on Friday, December 9th. The event officially begins at 7:00 PM. Admission is free, but be sure to get there early for a good seat. If you cannot make the actual concert, but still want to watch the festive performances, the event will be livestreamed here. Be sure to bring the whole family for a concert full of holiday cheer and iconic music!

At the Ballet: “The Nutcracker”

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Photo Credit: The Pennsylvania Ballet
Photo Credit: The Pennsylvania Ballet

With winter and the holidays quickly approaching, there are many events and activities happening in Philadelphia to commemorate the season. One holiday tradition you do not want to miss is the Pennsylvania Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker.

The Nutcracker is a timeless story that has graced the stage and screen in movies, television, and, of course, the stage. Taking place on Christmas Eve, it tells the story of young girl, Clara. A toymaker brings her dolls, and she is immediately drawn to the nutcracker. That night, she dreams of the nutcracker turning into a handsome prince after she saves him from the Mouse King. She is transported to the beautiful Land of Sweets. Full of fairies and magical beings, a celebration is held in honor of Clara for saving the Prince.

This classic story is told through gorgeous dance, Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, an opulent set, and extravagant costumes that will dazzle any viewer. This ballet, an annual Philadelphia tradition, is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit!

Tickets are available for $10 at the Reel Box Office for the December 11th performance. Also, student rush tickets are available at the venue for $10 an hour before the performance starts. All you need is your TUID!

The Nutcracker is hosted by the Pennsylvania Ballet and will be housed at The Academy of Music in Center City from December 9th-31st. Students can easily take the subway from the Cecil B. Moore station to either the City Hall station or the Walnut-Locust station. It is then a short walk from there to the venue.

For more information on The Nutcracker, including company bios, ticket information, dates, and times, visit the Pennsylvania Ballet site or the Kimmel Center site.

Off to See “The Wizard of Oz”

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Photo Credit: The Walnut Street Theatre

Get ready to follow the yellow brick road to the Walnut Street Theatre’s production of The Wizard of Oz!

The Wizard of Oz is one of the most classic stories of all time. It tells the story of young girl Dorothy Gale living in Kansas, dreaming of a place “somewhere over the rainbow”. Suddenly, when a tornado sweeps through her town, she and her dog Toto, along with her house, are taken into a dreamland called “Oz”. When her house accidentally lands on the Wicked Witch’s sister, Dorothy must find a way to get back home while avoiding the wrath of the witch. With the help of new friends, including favorites Glinda the Good, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, and the Cowardly Lion,  Dorothy goes on a thrilling journey where she learns that there is no place like home.

Full of classic characters, iconic songs, unforgettable moments, and a message that stands the testament of time, this stage adaption truly something you do not want to miss!

The Wizard of Oz is housed at the Walnut Street Theatre until January 8th. Students can take the subway from Cecil B. Moore Station to City Hall or the Walnut Locust station. From there, it is a short walk to the theater. Tickets can be purchased for $10 at the Reel Box Office, or student tickets are available at the venue for $20 the day of the performance. All you need is your TUID!

To learn more about The Wizard of Oz, visit its event page.

Temple Theaters Presents “Marat/Sade”

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Get ready to be taken back in time to the French Revolution and experience the stories and struggles of insane asylum inmates in Temple’s production of Peter Weiss’s play Marat/Sade.

Marat/Sade at Temple's Randall Theater
Marat/Sade at Temple’s Randall Theater

Marat/Sade is set in the historic Charenton Asylum in France, right in the wake of the French Revolution. It is almost entirely a “play within a play”, with the asylum inmates being the actors. The play within the story takes place during the revolution and then quickly brings the audience up to date. The play tackles the chaos and insanity of life after the French Revolution, and explores human struggle and class issues that still affect the world today.

Marat/Sade is a play with music, where the songs comment on the themes in the play. However, unlike traditional musical format, the music does not further the plot nor the development of the characters. It is considered a theatrical masterpiece that raises the question of where true revolution comes from: changing society or changing oneself.

Marat/Sade features a cast of extremely talented Temple actors who have rehearsed tirelessly to bring this show and these characters to life. The play is for mature audiences and is 2 hours long with no intermission. The production will be housed at Temple’s intimate Randall Theater from November 9 through the 19 at varying times. Tickets are $10 for students and faculty with a TUID. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Tomlinson Theater box office.

To learn more about Temple’s production of Marat/Sade visit its page on the School of Theater, Film, and Media Arts website or its event page.

“Wicked” Events with MCPB

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The Main Campus Program Board (MCPB) at Temple is one of the best ways to participate in cool and fun events on and off campus. Some exciting upcoming events include a trip to see Wicked on Broadway in New York City, and an outdoor “Moonlight Movie” screening of horror film Don’t Breathe.

wicked-poster-2Wicked is a new twist on the classic Wizard of Oz fantasy. Before Dorothy dropped in, Elphaba was a young, extremely intelligent, immensely talented girl, but she has green skin. She is seen as strange and an outcast by society. When she meets the extremely popular, blond, and bubbly Galinda (later shortened to just “Glinda”), their initial rivalry and hatred of one another turns into an unlikely and lifelong friendship. But, what happens when one is seen as “good”, and the other as “wicked”?

Filled with iconic songs such as “Popular”, “Defying Gravity”, and “For Good”, Wicked is a Broadway blockbuster that you do not want to miss! Tickets go on sale for $40 at The Reel Box Office on Thursday, October 27th at noon. The trip to NYC to see the show is on Saturday, November 5th, and food will be provided by Planet Hollywood. To learn more about Wicked visit its official Broadway site.

Horror movie Don’t Breathe tells the story of a trio of thieves who break into a wealthy blind veteran’s home, believing him to be an easy target. But, when they find themselves trapped inside his house, they must fight for their lives to survive after discovering something shocking about their seemingly helpless victim.dont-breathe-2016-english-movie-poster

The film was met with great reviews and is a must see, truly scary movie. The screening is on Thursday, November 3rd at the Bell Tower and Beury Beach. The event starts at 6:30 and the movie begins at 7:00. A TU ID is required, and complimentary blankets are available on a first come, first serve basis. To learn more about Don’t Breathe, visit its IMDb page.

To learn more about Temple’s Main Campus Program Board, including upcoming events and how to get involved, visit the MCPB website

Do the Time Warp Again at “Rocky Horror”

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rhps1A week after Fox’s critically acclaimed version of the cult classic airs live, Temple will put on its very own production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show! Come see a screening of the movie with a performance by a full shadow cast. The event, sponsored by Temple’s Queer Student Union, will be held at the student center starting October 27. This is definitely an event you do not want to miss!

Rocky Horror tells the story of newly engaged couple, Brad and Janet, who end up lost one night in the rain. They find themselves at the castle of the enticing Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite who is holding the annual convention of visitors from the planet Transsexual. Full of catchy, iconic songs, classic dances, and an alluring plot, Rocky Horror is the perfect show to get you in the Halloween spirit. Raunchy, weird, and wonderful, the film quickly garnered a cult following, and this Temple screening has been a spooky tradition for several years now.

The screening will be held at The Reel from October 27-29 at varying times. Tickets, $2 with a TUID and $4 without, can be purchased at The Reel Box Office. Prop bags will also be on sale for $3. Costumes are encouraged, and make sure to be there early to be involved in pre-screening activities!

To learn more about Temple’s production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, visit its event page.

At the Ballet: “Cinderella”

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Photo Credit: The Pennsylvania Ballet
Photo Credit: The Pennsylvania Ballet

Cinderella is without a doubt one of the most iconic fairytales of all time. The story has graced the screen and stage in many different forms, from movies to musicals. Now, at the Academy of Music, you can see the incomparable fantasy in a whole new way: as a ballet.

Cinderella is a rags-to-riches story of a young girl who is treated as a servant by her stepmother and stepsisters. Through hope, spirit, and belief in the impossible, she is able to win the heart of the handsome prince, all with a midnight curfew! With the help of her friends, magic, and her fairy godmother, she overcomes the mistreatment of her stepfamily and gets to live happily ever after with her Prince Charming. The classic story is told in a whole new way through dance, music, and lavish costumes that will captivate and enchant any theater lover or audience spectator.

Tickets are available for $10 at the Student Center Box Office. Student rush tickets are also available for $10 an hour before the performance starts. All you need is your TU ID!

Cinderella is hosted by the Pennsylvania Ballet and will be held at The Academy of Music in Center City from October 13th-23rd. Students can easily take the subway to either the City Hall station or the Walnut-Locust station. It is then a short walk to the Academy of Music. For more information on Cinderella, including company bios, ticket information, dates, and times, visit the Pennsylvania Ballet site or the  Kimmel Center site.  

NCOW for Owls

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National Coming Out Week (NCOW) is an annual event at Temple to raise awareness, inclusion, visibility, and acceptance for the LGBTQIA community. Its goal is to create a safe and open environment to help people learn more about the community. Since 2008, NCOW is part of the internationally recognized National Coming Out Day on October 11th. This year, NCOW is from October 10th-14th and is full of a variety of fun and exciting events.

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Monday, October 10th – 5th Annual Drag Show

In its 5th year, the Drag Show is an empowering event that allows for individuals to explore gender fluidity in a creative environment. The doors open at 6:30 PM and the show begins at 7:00 PM at the Temple Performing Arts Center.

Tuesday, October 11th – Alumni Panel & Dialogues

An amazing event for LGBTQIA students to meet with LGBTQIA Temple alumni. This panel will address experiences and life after college and how to prepare for them. It begins at 7:00 PM in the Student Center Room 200C.

Wednesday, October 12th – Networking with Out Faculty & Staff

The first annual LGBTQIA mixer of students and faculty. A safe space for students to meet queer professionals and expand their network. The mixer begins at 7:00 PM in the Student Center Room 200AB.

Thursday, October 13th – Come Speak Out

A safe, open environment where LGBTQIA members of the Temple community can share their stories of coming out. This event hopes to inspire those who are unsure of coming out, and create an accepting environment for all LGBTQIA owls. It begins at 7:00 PM in the Underground.

Friday, October 14th – NCOW Fest

Temple’s own version of Outfest! Gather at the Bell Tower from 11:30-1:30 (Student Center atrium if there is rain) to meet supporters and members of the LGBTQIA community.

For more information on NCOW at Temple and how to get involved visit http://sites.temple.edu/ncowequality/.

“Beyond the Notes”: Classical Concerts at Paley

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Violinist Millie Bai of Boyer performing "The Butterfly Lovers' Concerto".
Violinist Millie Bai of Boyer performing “The Butterfly Lovers’ Concerto”.

Beyond the Notes is the library’s award-winning and beloved classical concert series. Now in its third season, the concerts are more diverse and imaginative than ever. From violin concertos, to gospel and spiritual songs, the concerts provide a varied range of music to be enjoyed by all.

Anne Harlow, the research librarian at Temple specializing in dance, music, and theater, has fought for live music in Paley for the past 10 years. Her dream finally came true 3 years ago when the library was given a piano, and Beyond the Notes was established.

“When the series first started, I was worried there wouldn’t be much interest,” Anne recalled of the first recital. “But, when I looked out the window before the first concert, there was a line out the door! People crave and want to hear live music.”

The concerts feature professors and students from Boyer, along with other talented musicians from outside of Temple.

“The concerts are a way for people from all over the university to come together and enjoy an inspiring, wonderful performance by brilliant performers and musicians in an intimate and calm setting,” said Anne. “They are high quality, but very low key!”

Students of Allen Krantz playing classical music on the guitar.
Students of Allen Krantz playing classical music on the guitar.

On plans for the future, Anne mentioned that the new library will have a beautiful event space, so that more concerts can occur throughout the year. Also, it will be a larger space so that more people can attend.

The concerts begin each Wednesdays at noon, and usually run an hour in Paley Library’s Lecture Hall on the ground floor. They are free, open to the public, and offer a delicious lunch and light refreshments to enjoy while watching a beautiful performance. For Boyer students, recital credit is given for attending.

The 2016-2017 season features 8 concerts throughout the fall and spring. Coming up next is A Concert 420 Years in the Making on Wednesday, October 12th. This concert will feature English madrigals by Thomas Weelkes and Italian madrigals by Salamone Rossi, presented by the Temple Ten, an elite group of Boyer College singers, and professors Edward Latham and Mitos Andaya Hart. To learn more about this concert specifically visit the library’s Performing Arts News Blog. For more information on the phenomenal, diverse 2016-2017 season of Beyond the Notes and upcoming concerts visit its blog post.