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“The American Dream,” Dibden’s best since Shakespeare

Victoria Doughty and Jonathan Howard

Thomas Benton

March 28, 2013

Only one thing reeked about the Mar. 22 performance of Edward Albee’s "The American Dream": audience members’ pants, half of which were promptly filled at the gargantuan volume of the doorbell sound effect. All stinks aside, "The American Dream" is the best play I’ve seen in Dibden since "A Midsum...

Thompson brings “American Dream” to Dibden

Dakotah Senesec and Jonathan Howard rehearse “The American Dream”

Anna Maria Liccione

March 14, 2013

Graduating Senior Liz Thompson will be directing fellow students in a production of "The American Dream," for her senior project, a one-act play written by three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning Edward Albee. In the preface, Albee explains, "an examination of the American Scene, an attack on the substitut...

Roman Baca: Ballet with bullets

The Exit 12 Dance Company performance in Dibden on Mar. 7

Kassandra Cousineau

March 14, 2013

"He has a gun!" A man dressed in military fatigues stalks an imaginary enemy down the stairs through the audience. He holds an M16 against his shoulder, finger on the trigger, ready to jerk it backwards. A small red laser darts from the blackened screen on stage to the ceiling. This is a marine. The stage ...

One-woman “Secret Life” sweet as honey

One-woman “Secret Life” sweet as honey

Lindsay Brown

March 14, 2013

A spotlight shone center stage, illuminating a empty stool. A timid woman portraying a young girl entered stage right. Students packed the Dibden Center for the Artson Wednesday Feb. 20 to see a one-woman performance of "The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd, adapted for the stage by Wynn Handman...

Temptations abound in “Learned Ladies”

Temptations abound in “Learned Ladies”

Anna Maria Liccione

February 22, 2013

“The Learned Ladies” by Moliere kept audiences laughing over the weekend of February 14. This 1672 play, directed by Christopher Colt,  examines the dichotomy between the attractions of the mind and the attractions of the flesh. Moliere was the playwright for the French royal court and is considered...

Taiko drumming: the new Zumba

Taiko drumming: the new Zumba

Lindsay Brown

February 7, 2013

On Thursday Jan. 24 the Burlington Taiko Group took to the Dibden Stage with their stomach-rumbling and propulsive sounds. Taiko, meaning "big drum" in Japanese has been practiced in the culture through war and religious ceremonies for over 1500 years. The founder of Burlington Taiko, Stuart Paton, us...

Hypno Lorenzo puts his audience to sleep

Hypno Lorenzo puts his audience to sleep

Kayla Friedrich

February 7, 2013

The sound of birds trickled from the sound system making imagination come alive in Bentley 207 as each volunteer picked up their long-lost favorite animal, and searched their minds for the perfect name. "And when I ask you your animal’s name," said Hypno Lorenzo. "You are going to give me the most ri...

Fall Dance Club performance shines, when it ain’t rainin’

Fall Dance Club performance shines, when it ain’t rainin’

Tom Benton

December 6, 2012

This semester’s JSC Dance Club performance was Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. It was also a big step up from last semester’s dance show (though Liz Beatty-Owens’ miraculous Earth, Wind & Fire hula-hooping was sorely missed). That salacious assault on Shakira’s “She Wolf” still haunts us. This year,...

Longtin to bring Kesselman’s Anne Frank to Dibden

Longtin to bring Kesselman's Anne Frank to Dibden

Donny Eaton

September 7, 2012

The Nazis. The Gestapo. The Holocaust. The sheer terror of a young woman’s first period. Two families crammed into one attic for two years. The irrepressible will of an adolescent’s first love. The horror of a light snuffed out too soon. This fall the JSC theater department will tackle all the...

“Spring Awakening” exposes the angst of growing up

“Spring Awakening” exposes the angst of growing up

Anna Maria Liccione

May 3, 2012

From April 18-21, Dibden audiences were treated to an eight-time Tony-winning musical, “Spring Awakening,” directed by Professor of Fine and Performing Arts Russ Longtin, and musical direction by Assistant Professor of Music Bethany Plissey. This musical, written by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater...

“Spring Awakening” from Broadway to Dibden

“Spring Awakening” from Broadway to Dibden

Anna Maria Liccione

April 12, 2012

From April 18-21, “Spring Awakening” will be at Dibden Center for the Arts. It is a rock musical adapted from an 1892 play originally written by German Frank Wedekind. It was adapted into a musical with music by Duncan Sheik and the lyrics and the book by Steven Sater. “Spring Awakening,” winner...

“Two Rooms,” one strong performance

“Two Rooms,” one strong performance

Anna Maria Liccione, Arts and Entertainment Editor/Senior Copy Editor

March 22, 2012

The cast of “Two Rooms” delivered a powerful performance Saturday, March 17, bringing members of the audience to tears at the end. This senior project was directed by Taryn Glasser. This project, over a year in the making, was worth every late night spent rehearsing. Glasser fell in love with...

Students bring “Two Rooms” to Dibden

Students bring “Two Rooms” to Dibden

Anna Maria Liccione, Arts and Entertainment Editor/Senior Copy Editor

March 8, 2012

“Two Rooms,” a senior project shared by Performing Arts majors Claire Demarais and Taryn Glasser, will be performed in Dibden Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, March 17.“Two Rooms” gets its name from the setting of the play, written by Lee Blessing. One room is a windowless cubicle...

Viver Brasil tells stories through dance

Viver Brasil tells stories through dance

Anna Maria Liccione, Arts and Entertainment Editor/Senior Copy Editor

March 8, 2012

On Feb. 13, Viver Brasil Dance Company appeared on Dibden’s stage during their Feet on the Ground tour. With eight dancers and seven musicians, this explosive Creative Audience performance brought the crowd to its feet. The performance consisted of six dance routines, each telling a different story...

“Slave Girl” makes fantasy real

Whitney Nellé, Contributor

March 8, 2012

Have you ever wanted to have a conversation with a slave from the 1800s? That fantasy became a reality Wednesday, Feb. 29 for those who attended The American Place Theatre’s Literature to Life presentation of Harriet Jacobs’ “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl” at Dibden. This show took...

“August: Osage County” fabulous tragicomedy

Anna Maria Liccione, Staff Reporter

February 16, 2012

“Life is very long,” says Beverly Weston, the alcoholic patriarch of the Weston family. This quote from “The Hollow Men,” T.S. Eliot’s 1925 poem, opened the show, and the poem is a continual theme throughout the play. Zane Watkins in his first performance on the Dibden Stage, delivers this...

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