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Oral Roberts University Drama/Theater Department schedules spring performances

ORU Dance departmentOral Roberts University's drama and theater department have a variety of exciting shows that will be presented during the spring semester.

All performances are open to the public. General admission is $10 and $5 for students. All faculty and staff may receive two free tickets with an ORU ID. All performances will take place in Howard Auditorium.

  • On March 1-4 2012, the theater, dance and music department are teaming up to perform the musical Oklahoma!
  • The dance department will be performing Regeneration, a dance concert on April 19-21.
  • For the first time ever, the theater department will produce a Shakespeare Showcase on April 26 and 27. This performance is the product of a Shakespeare class.

ORU dance concert Immersion was presented on November 17-19, 2011, at the Howard Auditorium. Immersion included both faculty and student choreography works, ranging from classical to contemporary to tango.

Sophomore Rachel Schemenaur's solo work, Turning Away, was selected from the Fundamentals of Choreography class to be a part of this fall concert. In her program notes, she shares about the intent of her dance.

"Once you make a choice, you cannot undo it, but you can decide where to go from there," Schemenaur said.

Rachel Simmons' work, People Watching, was created out of the Advanced Choreography coursework and was inspired by a recent trip she took to New York City.

As a way of preparing to enter into concert time with an attitude of serving one another, students and faculty wrote cards during dress rehearsals runs to one another as a way of offering feedback to the choreographers about how their pieces resonated, left images, and communicated honesty. As an extension of this experience, each of the student choreographers shared with the audience about their inspiration for their choreography at the end of each night's performance.

For more information on ORU's drama and theater department, go to http://www.oru.edu/academics/college_of_arts_and_cultural_studies/theatre_arts_major.php and http://www.oru.edu/academics/college_of_arts_and_cultural_studies/dance_performance_major.php.