The Friends University Division of Fine Arts is pleased to present “Cotton Patch Gospel,” with music, lyrics and score by popular composer/singer Harry Chapin and book by Tom Key and Russell Treyz.
The Friends University Singing Quakers will present their annual Christmas Candlelight Concert Dec. 3-6 in Sebits Auditorium in the Riney Fine Arts Center on Friends University’s Wichita campus. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3-5 and 3 p.m. Dec. 6.
The concert will feature the Singing Quakers and Women’s Chorus under the direction of Mark Bartel and the Concert Choir directed by Rolaine Hetherington. The 200-voice Friends University Choral Union will also sing selections collectively.
The Friends University Ballet Department and the Wichita Ballet Theatre will present six performances of the full-length holiday favorite “The Nutcracker” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11-12 and 2 p.m. Dec. 13. The second weekend performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18-19 and 2 p.m. Dec. 20.
The Friends University Faculty Brass Quintet will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10, 2009, in Alumni Auditorium in the Davis Administration Building on the Friends University Wichita campus.
The Friends University Percussion Ensemble will present a free concert at 3 p.m. Nov. 22, 2009, in Sebits Auditorium in the Riney Fine Arts Center.
The 2009 Friends University annual Senior Art Show will be featured Nov. 6-30 at City Arts.
This year’s show exhibits the talent of Kevin Cockrell (graphic design), Anthony D’Alessio (graphic design), Rachel Hindle (studio), Kenyard Jackson (graphic design), Levi Mabe (graphic design/computer graphics), Chelsea Monette (studio), Hannah Priebe (studio) and Joylynn Zier (studio).
The Friends University Drama and Music Theatre departments will present “Le docteur Miracle” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13-14 in Sebits Auditorium in the Riney Fine Arts Center. This light-hearted, comic operetta by French composer Georges Bizet touches on relationships and likens their simplicity to making omelets.
Daniel Racer, instructor of music, will conduct the chamber orchestra. Dr. Charles Parker, associate professor of drama, serves as the stage director. Dr. David Weber, professor of voice, serves as the vocal coordinator for the opera.
The 75-voice Friends University Singing Quaker Alumni Choir directed by Dr. Cecil J. Riney will present “Ain’a That Good News: A Concert of Spirituals” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 1958 N. Webb Rd.
The concert will feature accompanist Helen Griffin and soloists Earnest Alexander, Rachel Bollinger, Eric Stone and Brian Stranghoner. Ann Jeter will also be featured on organ for one selection. The program features the work of notable composers such as Dawson, Dilworth, Hogan and Andre Thomas.
The Friends University Theatre Department will present “Noises Off,” Michael Frayn’s comic tour-de-force tale of the mishaps, mayhem and misadventures of a traveling British theater troupe as it prepares a production with a stellar cast for a regional tour.
Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 to Nov. 1 in Alumni Auditorium. Tickets are $8 for adults, and $5 for students and seniors.
This year’s Friends University Fall Ballet Oct. 9-11 will begin with “How to Look at Dance,” with narration by Sharon Rogers, ballet mistress for the Friends University Ballet Department. The piece gives a brief overview of everything ballet dancers do daily to prepare for rehearsal and the stage, and how the audience could look at dance. A ballet titled “Pieces,” with choreography by Stan K. Rogers and music by Glass, will show how the dancer’s body can portray music.
Beloved Russian author Anton Chekhov once said, “Any idiot can face a crisis – it’s day-to-day living that wears you out.”
Friends University’s Drama Department will present a series of Chekhov’s dramatic sketches filled with characters worn out from day-to-day living and faced with ridiculous situations that bring out the idiot in them.
“Doctor Chekhov’s Vaudevilles: A Light-Hearted Sampling of His Dramatic Humor” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18-19, and 3 p.m. Sept. 20 in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium.