VIDEO: Auditions for State of La Danse

September 16, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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The dance program in the School of Music and Performing Arts held auditions for the 2015 State of La Danse production.

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Music faculty presents Stravinsky’s ‘The Soldier’s Tale’

September 16, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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The UL School of Music Faculty will present a free performance of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale).

The performance will take place on Saturday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Angelle Hall Auditorium.

Faculty performing will include: Eric Melley, conductor; Michael Blaney. violin; Renee Breaux, clarinet; Robin Hochkeppel, bassoon; Paul Morton, trumpet, Eddie Muller, trombone; Robert Nash, bass; Troy Breaux, percussion; Shawn Roy, narrator.

Igor Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale (1918), describes the story of a young soldier in WWI, who gives his soul (represented by the violin) to the devil (represented by the percussion) in exchange for a book that predicts the economy of the future. The narrative and music then tell a captivating story of searching, doubt, and personal redemption. It is a theatrical piece.  Mr. Shawn Roy will play the parts of the soldier, the devil, and the narrator.

L’Histoire du Soldat is one of the greatest works of the twentieth century.  It is full of the wit and humor. The rhythms are always shifting and changing, and the music incorporates elements of jazz, Viennese waltz, and ragtime.

For more information contact the UL School of Music at (337) 482-6012.

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2015 Juried Student Art Exhibition opens

September 10, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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Visual Arts Department

The Department of Visual Arts will hold the 2015 Juried Student Art Exhibition.

The exhibition will commence with an opening reception Friday, September 11 at 7 p.m. in the Fletcher Hall gallery.

The exhibition will run from September 11 to 28 in the Fletcher Hall gallery, featuring student works in visual arts.

Auditions set for State of LA Danse

August 25, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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Auditions for this year’s State of LA Danse will take place Wednesday, September 2, 2015 in McLaurin Hall Studio 103. Personal warm-ups will begin at 5 p.m. with the auditions beginning at 6 p.m.

All advanced students are welcome to audition,  and all participants must be 15 years old or older. Pointe shoes are required.

Casting will be posted on the call board in McLaurin Hall on Thursday, September 3. The rehearsal schedule is anticipated to be Sundays from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Wednesdays from 5 – 8 p.m., and Fridays from 3- 6 p.m.

The State of LA Danse performance this year will be Act II of Swan Lake in conjunction with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Symphony Orchestra.

Please contact Marie Broussard with additional questions at (337) 482-1187 or

UL Dance Guild to host open house and registration

August 25, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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Experience dance like never before! Fun and affordable, the Dance Guild at UL offers classes for all ages taught by UL faculty members. Visit or call 337-482-6357 for more information.

Open House/Registration Day will be held August 29, 2015 from 10 a.m. – noon at McLaurin Hall. Come meet the teachers, see the facility, and get more information on classes!

Enroll today and watch your child develop and explore his or her own creativity through moving freely; creative dance and ballet classes will help your child develop important motor skills and boost their emotional and physical well-being. Our goal is to provide professional level classes to every child or adult who wants to learn to dance. There are no recital or costume fees, only an informal showing for family and friends at the conclusion of the sessions. The Guild provides valuable teacher training for UL Lafayette Performing Arts Majors with a concentration in Dance. Scholarships available to students with financial need.

Dance with Me (2 – 3 years old)
Fridays – 9:00am – 9:45am

Creative Movement (4 – 7 years old)
Wednesdays – 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Ballet (8 – 12 years old)
Wednesdays – 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Adult Ballet
Wednesdays – 6:30pm – 7:30pm

*All four classes will run for an 8-week session, beginning September 9th and closing November 6th.
*All classes will be held at McLaurin Hall in Room 104.
*Tuition for the 8 weeks is $59 for the children’s classes and $70 for the adult ballet class.

Auditions for “Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike”

August 20, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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The Performing Arts Department is holding auditions August 27 at 6:00 p.m. in Burke Theatre. A sign-up sheet for audition slots will be posted to the callboard in McLaurin Hall. Those auditioning are asked to bring no more than two total minutes of audition material (either a 2-minute monologue or two contrasting 1-minute monologues).

These are general departmental auditions that will serve the directing students in casting scenes and aid the fall capstone team in filling out the cast of Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike. Interviews for production assignments with Art and VVanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike will also take place at the same time.

All theatre majors are required to participate, even if they are already cast in Art or if they have already been assigned a production role, etc.

Celebrate Professor Lynda Frese’s Artist-in-Residency

May 4, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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Celebrate the work that visual arts professor, Lynda Frese, has produced during her residency with musician David Greely at the Shadows on the Teche home in New Iberia. A preview party will take place Friday, May 8 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. that will feature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres provided by the French Press. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased at or by calling (337) 369-6446. On Saturday, May 9 from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., there will be an art exhibition, musical performances, and a variety of presentations. A suggested donation of $5 is appreciated.

The Shadows is a classic revival-style home built in 1834 in the historic downtown New Iberia. It is a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is located at 317 East Main Street, New Iberia, Louisiana.

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School of Music and Performing Arts Presents An Evening of Dance

April 13, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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The UL Lafayette School of Music and Performing Arts Dance Program presents An Evening of Dance April 16, 17, 18 at 7:30 pm and April 19 at 2:00 pm in the Burke Hawthorne Theatre on the UL Lafayette campus.  An Evening of Dance is the eagerly awaited annual dance showcase that premieres the original choreography of students in the UL Lafayette Dance Program. These adjudicated dances are both choreographed and performed by Performing Arts majors with a concentration in dance and dancers from the Acadiana community. The 2015 production of An Evening of Dance promises to be an evening of concert dance that is thoughtfully diverse in its subject matter and richly innovative in its approach.

Tickets for An Evening of Dance will be available at Burke Hawthorn Theatre one hour prior to each performance or online at General admission to the performance is $10.00. Senior Citizens, UL Lafayette Alumni and children under 18 years of age are $5.00. UL Lafayette students, faculty and staff are admitted free of charge with a their valid UL Lafayette ID. For more information call 337-482-6357. This event is sponsored in part by the UL Lafayette Student Government Association.

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Visual Arts Department Presents BFA Senior Exhibitions

March 25, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Department of Visual Arts proudly announces three upcoming 2015 Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhibitions scheduled in March and April. The exhibitions will be held in the Fletcher Hall Gallery (formally the University Art Museum on the second floor of Fletcher Hall) for the first time after a decade of exhibiting at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum.

The first of three exhibitions opens Wednesday, March 25 (with an evening reception from 6 – 8 p.m.) and will run through Wednesday, April 1. Admission is free and open to the public.

The first exhibition features the work of nine graduating seniors including Brittany Boudreaux, Dylan Faul, Robert Richard, and Molly Thornton concentrating in Graphic Design, Lacey Hargroder in Ceramics, Shaniqua Pierre-August in Photography, Brittany Salsman in Media Arts, Aaron Taylor in Computer Animation, and Cayla Zeek in Painting. Additional information will be forthcoming for the two exhibitions and participating artists scheduled April 16 – 21 and April 24 – 29.

Visual Arts Department majors are required to complete two three-hour courses throughout the senior year devoted to the development of independent studio research and to the preparation of professional skills and career goals. The two semesters are structured to foster self-discovery through rigorous and sustained studio experimentation, moving toward the cultivation of a body of work and the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Exhibition.

Fletcher Hall is located at the corner of East Lewis Street and Girard Park Circle. Inquiries may be directed to the Visual Arts Department at 337-482-6056.

UL Performing Arts Presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream

March 10, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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The UL Lafayette School of Music and Performing Arts is proudly presenting a production of William Shakespeare’s acclaimed play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on March 19, 20, 21, 27, and 28 in Burke Theatre on UL’s campus. An additional performance has been added on March 29 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at Admission is free for UL students, faculty, and staff.

After nearly a decade, Professor Sara Birk, the director of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, claims that it was high time for a Shakespeare play to be produced by UL Lafayette’s Performing Arts program. “Giving actors who are training as theatre artists exposure to and experience with this material is absolutely critical,” Birk says. “Actors will be expected to be familiar with this kind of material, so to create an opportunity for our students to delve deeply into this kind of work is important.”

Shakespeare is known for his use of colorful and often ambiguous language, sometimes leaving audiences bewildered at the meaning of poetic lines. Birk admits that the language is always a challenge when conquering Shakespeare’s work. She feels a great responsibility to help craft a performance that is accessible and will allow people to find the life and entertainment in the piece. Prof. Birk says, “The actors are doing a beautiful job of handling the language of the play and creating performances that are emotionally connected and lively.” Andre LaFleur, a UL student actor in the play, says that although Birk has chosen to give the production a prohibition America look, none of the language was spared, as the director is truly a purist. Being no stranger to this type of writing, LaFleur argues that there is much depth in Shakespeare’s language that is thrilling for an actor to discover but challenging to convey to an audience.

Nevertheless, audiences will be able to both comprehend and enjoy the play. It encompasses elements of magic, fantasy, and comedy with a splash of true Shakespearian drama. “People can relate to love and the joys and heartache that [Midsummer] provokes in us,” Birk says. Due to Shakespeare’s universality and timelessness, his plays have a relevant message for contemporary audiences. The director revels in the fact that the cast of over 20 UL students truly claimed the show as their own, making their performances funny, enjoyable, and truthful. The production is in the midst of adding lights, sound, costumes, and all the other elements that will come together to create what is sure to be a brilliant production of a great play.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is part of Festival of the Arts, a two-week celebration of the innovative, creative work by faculty, students, and community partners at UL Lafayette and in the local community. The festival will run March 14 – 29 at various locations on campus and around Lafayette.

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