Batman may be a superhero crime-fighter, but inside he’s Bruce Wayne—a regular guy who has seen trial and triumph. Born with a vision impairment, Christian Darnell, who graduates from the College of Arts and Sciences on Friday with a degree in theater, identifies with that inner strength. Darnell was born with oculocutaneous albinism, a condition that affects pigmentation of the skin, hair, and eyes and classifies him as being legally blind.
Clarence Brown Theatre News
UT professor emeritus and celebrated scenic designer Bob Cothran will be awarded the Clarence Brown Theatre Society Artistic Achievement Award at this year’s Clarence Brown Theatre Gala on Sunday, June 8. Tickets are now on sale for the 6:30 p.m. gala, which will be downtown at the Standard Knoxville, 416 West Jackson Avenue.
Classes may be over, but UT has plenty of activities to enjoy throughout December. Here are some events holiday “staycationers” won’t want to miss.
WBIR-TV Channel 10 featured the sign language-interpreted presentation of A Christmas Carol held at the Clarence Brown Theatre this week.
The timeless classic A Christmas Carol will be brought to life for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community during a sign language-interpreted performance of the play next month. UT’s Clarence Brown Theatre is offering Deaf Night at the Theatre on Wednesday, December 4. For tickets, call 865-974-5161 or visit the Clarence Brown Theatre.
An award-winning Broadway actress who has starred in numerous roles including her current portrayal of Diana Ross in Motown: The Musical, has received UT’s Accomplished Alumni Award. University officials honored Valisia LeKae on Friday during the Clarence Brown Theatre season opening celebration at the Orangery. The Accomplished Alumni Award recognizes notable alumni for their success and distinction within their field.
UT students can now call or go online to order tickets to the Clarence Brown Theatre rather than stand in line at the box office. The Clarence Brown Theatre has partnered with the Division of Student Life and the VolCard Office, as well as KnoxvilleTickets.com and ticketing provider Paciolan, to make this possible. UT students are eligible to purchase one discounted ticket to each of the eight CBT productions. Additional tickets can be purchased at regular adult and nonstudent prices.
The campus community is invited to a screening of Kunta Kinteh Island on Monday, March 4, at the Clarence Brown Theatre. The documentary chronicles the renaming of James Island—a holding cell for slaves in The Gambia during the transatlantic slave trade—to Kunta Kinteh Island after a young African who was transported to the United States.
As the fall semester comes to a close, there are still plenty of activities to fill your free time during the holiday season. From the Clarence Brown Theatre’s annual production of A Christmas Carol to hands-on activities at the UT Gardens, the campus has something for everyone.
Tom Cervone, managing director of the Clarence Brown Theatre, has been named executive director of the Tennessee Theatre. He begins the appointment June 1. Cervone has been with the Department of Theatre for more than twenty years. He managed the academic and production aspects of the theater and kept it moving towards its operational, fiscal, artistic, and philosophical goals.