Twin sisters Laura and Rachel Clift—sophomores at UT—have used their theater training to create a children’s party business called Neverland and Company. The Clift sisters grew up in Maryville, spending their days watching musicals and acting out their favorite fairy tales. As they got older, they began dressing as original fairy characters and attending Renaissance festivals with friends.
Department of Theatre News
The Clarence Brown Theatre will open its season this September with a comedy called The 39 Steps. It features four actors playing more than 100 characters.
The Knoxville News Sentinel recently featured Abigail Langham, UT’s new dialect coach, and her work with UT actors in this story. Langham, assistant professor of vocal production in the Department of Theatre, is a trained actress and vocal coach.
Inflections and enunciations on stage can make or break a performance at the Clarence Brown Theatre. Abigail Langham’s work helps UT actors bring a character’s accent to life. Langham, assistant professor of vocal production in the Department of Theatre, is a trained actress and vocal coach who recently brought her talents to UT.
UT will award its ninth and tenth honorary degrees to social activist Marian Wright Edelman and actress Dale Dickey. Edelman will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters and speak at the College of Communication and Information commencement. Dickey will receive an Honorary Master of Fine Arts in acting during a campus visit next year.
The East Tennessee Historical Society has recognized UT’s Clarence Brown Theatre for its production of The Whipping Man, a haunting Civil War-era play that tackles difficult issues and the region’s history. The theater received the Award of Distinction this month from the historical society for its adaptation of the play.
A comic romp featuring a barber and outlandish hair will be the focus of the UT Opera Theatre’s fall performance. The Opera Theatre will present The Barber of Seville, Gioacchino Rossini’s two-act opera. Shows are set for Friday, November 15, Saturday, November 16, and Sunday, November 17 at the Bijou Theatre, 803 Gay Street.
The chronology of California’s battle for same-sex marriage will be performed at UT. A reading of 8, a play written by Dustin Lance Black, Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Milk, will be staged at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 5, at the Ula Love Doughty Carousel Theatre. The one-night event is free and open to the public; tickets will be available at the door.
Before heading to Neyland Stadium for the Vols home opener against Georgia State on Saturday football fans are invited to focus their attention on another entertainment arena—the theater stage. Cal MacLean, professor and head of the Department of Theatre, will present Supreme Synergy on Stage: Presenting Sweeney Todd in the season’s first Pregame Showcase.
Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Cal MacLean, head of the theatre department, has the big idea of connecting Knoxville’s local musical talents with UT’s Clarence Brown Theatre.