The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance educates the artists, scholars, educators and entrepreneurs of the future. Students are prepared with expert skills, instilled with passionate enthusiasm, and emboldened to challenge and inspire the world through the power of the performing arts.
Recognizing extraordinary excellence in performing arts entrepreneurship, leadership, and social impact, the EXCELprize will insure sustainability of festival in future years.
SMTD has partnered with the Gershwin family to bring the music of George and Ira Gershwin to students, scholars, performers and audiences across campus and worldwide.
The Story: A chance encounter. A meeting of eyes. Love at first sight. Two young people, kept apart by their feuding families, decide to take fate into their own hands and pursue their love. If only the ending were as promising as the start - circumstances conspire to thwart their efforts as missed chances, poor timing, and mistakes prevent the lovers from finding happiness. Tragedy ensues. As their families unite, finally, in sorrow, the sacrifice of the lovers is a haunting reminder of the powerful force of love.
Background: Featuring some of Shakespeare’s most vivid poetry and quoted lines, this famous tale has fascinated audiences for over 400 years. It is a true classic, whose richness has inspired directors and designers to repeatedly find truths in its text for contemporary audiences as varied productions are created. The play has also inspired over 20 film adaptations, two operas, a Broadway musical, and countless dance interpretations. The best-known love story in Western civilization, Romeo and Juliet is a celebration of pure and romantic love tragically cut short by the rashness and folly of youth.
|Lighting Designer||Rob Murhy|
|Sound Designers||Peter Leonard, Dylan Sundberg|
|Fight Choreographer||Jacqueline Tobomi|
|Stage Manager||Yemisi Odetoyinbo|
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