Union University Players to Present Little Women Musical

The Union University Players will present a musical by Allan Knee based on the classic American novel “Little Women” March 23–28.

Read more about this production in our news release.

The following photos are from dress rehearsal earlier this week. We hope to see you in the audience! Purchase tickets online or at the door.

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Photos by Kristi Woody

Blank Slate Improv group hosts “The Dub Show” Friday Night

Blank Slate Improv is a team of students that puts on improv shows throughout each year. The shows often have guests, and when tickets for Friday night’s “The Dub Show” went on sale, they sold out within two days. You can probably guess who was featured in “The Dub Show,” and it was a smashing success! On Friday night the W.D. Powell Theatre was packed full of students, employees and guests excited to see the president try his hand at improv. Of course, he did a great job, and the cast had the audience laughing all night! The next show will be May 2nd, and will feature Jared Dauenhauer, assistant director of student leadership and engagement, as guest host.

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Unique Set Design Contributes to ‘Hamlet’ Production

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The Union University Players bring a new perspective to William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, running until March 25 in the W. D. Powell Theatre.

David Burke, professor of theatre and director of the play, said Hamlet not only engages audiences through its unique set design but also surprises them with storytelling twists.

Burke said the set was designed by John Klonowski, visiting assistant professor of theatre. Klonowski created the set to be flexible for the multiple scenes and moods of the play, incorporating various stage levels, special lighting and contrasting textiles into the design.

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Klonowski and Burke began building the set in January alongside four student workers, Burke said. The team applied the finishing touches to the set March 18 – two days before the opening night.

“The set is a very unique piece of scenery – it’s almost like a giant piece of art,” Burke said. “I think it’s magical.”

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But the stage design is not the only point of interest, Burke noted, as the Union University Players have personalized the tragic tale in order to find their own voice in the play. While the story continues to be set in Denmark, Burke avoided linking the play to a certain time in history. Performers also wear contemporary clothing instead of traditional Shakespearean garb.

“Our version of Hamlet doesn’t come across the way people normally think about it,” Burke said. “It forces you to think about the story from a different point of view.”

For more information about the performance, visit www.uu.edu/theatre/.