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Join us this spring as Chapman University partners with the Pacific Symphony to present a semester-long celebration of Shakespeare through music, film, theatre and dance.

+ - FEBRUARY 2015

Promotional Image for HamletFebruary 19-21
The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare
Directed by Thomas F. Bradac
Chapman University, Waltmar Theatre
7:30pm

Be transported to the world of Elsinore and the classic characters that we all know so well. Something is rotten in Denmark. Murder, corruption and betrayal lurk in the shadows, resulting in the feigned insanity of a noble prince, the suicide of his beloved and the fall of a great house.  Hamlet is a theatrical masterwork of the theatre, a towering artistic achievement that crosses all generations!
$20 general admission; $15 senior citizens, alumni and non-Chapman students
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February 23
Master Class – Pacific Symphony
Chapman University, Crean Orchestral Recital Hall (Oliphant Hall 103)
7pm-10pm

Pacific Symphony’s musicians will lead this Master Class for The Chapman Orchestra and Theatre students, in preparation for the upcoming semi-staged production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Coordinated by Robert Becker, this collaborative evening will also feature a conversation between Chapman University’s orchestra director Daniel Alfred Wachs, and production director Michael Nehring on the relationship between Shakespeare’s play and Mendelssohn’s music.
Free and Open to the public

February 26
Pre-Show Talk – The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
Chapman University, Waltmar Theatre
6pm-7pm

Chapman University’s panel of experts will reveal the answers to your myriad questions about Shakespeare’s Hamlet during an engaging public symposium just prior to the performance.  Regarded as one of the greatest works in English literature, the drama is rich in history, tradition, and universal themes facing the human condition.  Kent Lehnhof from the Department of English, Jocelyn Buckner from the Department of Theatre, and our student dramaturgs, Peyton Ashby and Morgan Green will offer some helpful introductory information about the play and then take your questions.
Free and Open to the public

Promotional Image for HamletFebruary 26-28, March 1
The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare
Directed by Thomas F. Bradac
Chapman University, Waltmar Theatre
7:30pm, with an additional performance March 1 at 2pm

Be transported to the world of Elsinore and the classic characters that we all know so well. Something is rotten in Denmark. Murder, corruption and betrayal lurk in the shadows, resulting in the feigned insanity of a noble prince, the suicide of his beloved and the fall of a great house.  Hamlet is a theatrical masterwork of the theatre, a towering artistic achievement that crosses all generations!
$20 general admission; $15 senior citizens, alumni and non-Chapman students
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+ - MARCH 2015

March 13
Lecture – Shakespeare with Strings: Adapting Shakespeare for Performance with Orchestra 
Chapman University, Studio Theatre (Moulton Hall 149)
2pm-3pm

Lecture by Dennis Krausnick, Founder, Shakespeare & Company.
Free and Open to the public

Poster for March 13 The Chapman Orchestra concertMarch 13
The Chapman Orchestra: A Midsummer Night's Dream, semi-staged with complete incidental music by Felix Mendelssohn
Daniel Alfred Wachs, Music Director and Conductor
Angel Vázquez-Ramos, Music Director, Women's Choir
Michael Nehring, Director
St. John's Lutheran Church, 154 S. Shaffer Street, Orange
7:30pm

The Chapman Orchestra (under the direction of Daniel Alfred Wachs) and the Women’s Choir (under the direction of Angel Vázquez-Ramos) will collaborate with students from the Department of Theatre to present a semi-staged version of Felix Mendelssohn's complete incidental music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream (directed by Michael Nehring). Program will also include Ah non credea & Ah non giunge from La Sonnambula (Bellini) and Wesendonck Lieder (Wagner).  Daniel Emmet, baritone and Kylena Parks, soprano (winners of the Instrumental and Vocal Competition) will be featured during this performance.
Free and Open to the public

Logo for Shakespeare Behind BarsMarch 17
Film Screening – Shakespeare Behind Bars
Chapman University, Waltmar Theatre
7pm

Shakespeare Behind Bars offers theatrical encounters with personal and social issues to incarcerated and post-incarcerated adults and juveniles, allowing them to develop life skills that will ensure their successful reintegration into society. Now in its 20th year, Shakespeare Behind Bars is the oldest program of its kind in North America. SBB programming serves incarcerated adults and youth using exclusively the works of William Shakespeare. SBB is the subject of Philomath Films award-winning documentary Shakespeare Behind Bars, which received its world premiere at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. Curt L. Tofteland, Founder & Producing Director for SBB, will speak before the film and answer questions following the screening.
Free and Open to the public

+ - APRIL 2015

Poster for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are DeadApril 9-11
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard
Directed by Gavin Cameron-Webb
Chapman University, Waltmar Theatre
7:30pm

Acclaimed as a modern masterpiece, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead is the fabulously inventive tale of Hamlet as told from the worm's-eye view of the bewildered Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, who are Hamlet’s treacherous friends in Shakespeare's play.  Tom Stoppard gives the stage to these two characters, but when they finally get a chance to take the leading roles, reality and illusion intermix, and our two heroes comically and tragically find their way to an inevitable end.
$20 general admission; $15 senior citizens, alumni and non-Chapman students
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Logo for Philharmonic Society of Orange CountyApril 9
Lecture – Falstaff at the Opera
Chapman University, Shanley Choral Room (Bertea Hall 109)
11:30am-12:20pm

Lecture by John Mangum, President and Artistic Director, Philharmonic Society of Orange County.
Free and Open to the public

April 16
Lecture – Russian Shakespeare: How Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Pasternack Re-Read Shakespeare
Chapman University, Shanley Choral Room (Bertea Hall 109)
11:30am-12:20pm

Lecture by Joseph Horowitz, Artistic Adviser, Pacific Symphony. The lecture will discuss and compare interpretations of Shakespeare across different musical genres by Russian composers.  Works include Tchaikovsky's Hamlet Fantasy Overture, Tchaikovsky's symphonic poem The Tempest, Shostakovich's score to the film King Lear, and both Tchaikovsky's and Prokofiev's versions of Romeo and Juliet.
Free and Open to the public

Promotional Art for Romeo and JulietApril 16-18
Pacific Symphony Concert: Romeo & Juliet
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa
8pm
Preview Talk with Joseph Horowitz, KUSC’s Alan Chapman and Principal Cellist Timothy Landauer begins at 7pm

Carl St.Clair, conductor
Joseph Horowitz, artistic adviser
Rich Wordes, Romeo
Amy Hitchcock, Juliet
David Tai Kim, Young Romeo (dancer)
Keira Schwartz, Young Juliet (dancer)
Lorin Johnson, choreographer

Relive the timeless tale of star-crossed lovers through Prokofiev’s masterful music. Here actors and dancers reinstate Prokofiev’s original happy ending which was banned by Joseph Stalin in favor of Shakespeare’s tragic finale. But first, the principal violinists of Pacific Symphony ignite Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins and Principal Cellist Timothy Landauer breathes passion into Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations.
Tickets are $25-$99; visit www.PacificSymphony.org or call (714) 755-5799.

Poster for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are DeadApril 16-18
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard
Directed by Gavin Cameron-Webb
Chapman University, Waltmar Theatre
7:30pm, with an additional performance April 18 at 2pm

Acclaimed as a modern masterpiece, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead is the fabulously inventive tale of Hamlet as told from the worm's-eye view of the bewildered Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, who are Hamlet’s treacherous friends in Shakespeare's play.  Tom Stoppard gives the stage to these two characters, but when they finally get a chance to take the leading roles, reality and illusion intermix, and our two heroes comically and tragically find their way to an inevitable end.
$20 general admission; $15 senior citizens, alumni and non-Chapman students
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April 17
Lecture – Science and Mathematics in Stoppard's work
Chapman University, Waltmar Theatre
4pm-5pm

In the spirit of interdisciplinarity, Chapman University Chancellor Daniele Struppa will discuss the creative ways in which Stoppard uses mathematics and more general scientific method to convey poetic ideas and significance.  Examples will include excerpts from Hapgood (1987), Arcadia (1993), and, of course, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1966).
Free and Open to the public

April 18
Symposium - Shakespeare Reimagined: Interpretations Across the Arts
Thomas F. Bradac and Kent Lehnhof, co-moderators
Chapman University, Musco Lecture Hall (Oliphant Hall 301)
1pm-5pm

Scheduled panelists include:

  • Joseph Campana, Department of English, Rice University
  • David McCandless, Director of Shakespeare Studies, Professor of Theatre Arts, Southern Oregon University
  • Matthew J. Smith, Department of English, Azusa Pacific University
  • Don Weingust, Director of Shakespeare Studies and Associate Professor of Theatre, Center for Shakespeare Studies, Southern Utah University  / Utah Shakespeare Festival

REGISTER NOW (pre-registration is recommended)
Free and Open to the public

April 19
Pacific Symphony Discussion - Romeo & Juliet: How Should The Story End?
Segerstrom Hall, Judy Morr Theater
600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa
1pm-2:30pm

Joseph Horowitz, artistic adviser
Julia Lipton, UC Irvine professor
Rich Wordes, Romeo
Amy Hitchcock, Juliet

Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet" ballet was originally conceived with a happy ending. In fact, there are many versions of this story, and many ways to end it. Using film clips, Pacific Symphony Artistic Adviser Joseph Horowitz and UC Irvine Professor Julia Lupton explore the different ways in which the lovers' tale has been told, with special attention given to Prokofiev's translation of an Elizabethan tragedy into a Soviet ballet.
Free and Open to the public

Promotional Art for Romeo and Juliet

April 19
Pacific Symphony Concert: Romeo & Juliet: Happy Endings
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa
3pm

Carl St.Clair, conductor
Joseph Horowitz, artistic adviser
Rich Wordes, Romeo
Amy Hitchcock, Juliet
David Tai Kim, Young Romeo (dancer)
Keira Schwartz, Young Juliet (dancer)
Lorin Johnson, choreographer

Relive the timeless tale of star-crossed lovers through Prokofiev’s masterful, memorable music! Here, actors and dancers reinstate Prokofiev’s original happy ending which was banned by Joseph Stalin in favor of Shakespeare’s tragic finale.
Tickets are $25-$99; visit www.PacificSymphony.org or call (714) 755-5799.

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