Theater Camp features UNT Student

Wed, Jun 12, 2013 - 12:05pm

Theater Camp

BONHAM — The Bonham Creative Arts Center will be offering Theater Camp for teenagers and for younger children from June 17 through 21. The cost of the camp is $48 with a sibling discount of $10.

For teenagers age 14 and up, the camp will include special public speaking training by local Toasstmasters. The course will help prepare the teens to speak with confidence in front of individuals or groups.

Younger children ages 6 through 13 will learn a variety of acting skills. Teaching the skills will be Tyler Hamilton, a theatre arts major at the University of North Texas....

Puppets with pep

Mon, May 20, 2013 - 12:49pm

You could say that puppets are enjoying a theatrical revival.

Puppetry is an artform cherished by many cultures. But in America, puppets were long associated with children’s television and programming.

Then along came director Julie Taymor, who brought the African savanna to life for the 1997 stage adaptation of Disney’s The Lion King. Through the simple machinery of puppets, herds of antelope raced toward an enthralled audience. Giraffes and zebras ambled across the stage. Cheetahs stalked, and birds strutted.

During 2011, actor Stephen Plunkett (a Denton native) sat astride the horse puppet at the...

Matt Ransdell Jr. Q&A: Matt Ransdell Jr.

Mon, May 20, 2013 - 12:45pm

Forth Worth — It’s safe to say that Matt Ransdell Jr. is playing his dream role in Artes de la Rosa’s production of In the Heights, which opens tonight at Rose Marine Theater in Fort Worth. The Tony-award winning show’s narrator Usnavi has played a pivotal role in the last five years of this 24-year-old Denton resident’s life. 

Based in the NYC neighborhood of Washington Heights, In the Heights tells the story of Nina, who has returned home after her first year at Stanford University. Usnavi serves as the audience guide through the characters and dramas...

UNT screens documentaries

Thu, May 2, 2013 - 1:28pm

Tonight, the University of North Texas Department of Radio, Television and Film will screen five films created by students earning their Master of Fine Arts in documentary film.

The spring 2013 premiere screening will begin at 7 p.m. in Room 184 in UNT’s Radio, TV and Performing Arts Building, 1179 Union Circle. The event is free.

The student directors will answer questions from the audience after the films are shown.

Student-produced documentaries that premiered at UNT in previous years have gone on to screenings at film festivals around the world, including Tribeca Film Festival, Hot Docs in Toronto, Dallas...

Concert to celebrate ‘power of dance’

Fri, Apr 26, 2013 - 8:35am

University of North Texas dance students and guests take flight this weekend during the annual faculty dance concert at the University Theatre on campus.

The concert, Celebrating the Power of Dance, presents the work of one of the dance faculty’s most prolific choreographers: Shelley Cushman. The longtime dance professor has nine modern dance works in the concert. She brings back the Saving Private Ryan-inspired “En I Me,” which was performed at the 2008 National College Dance Festival. Cushman studied both film and documentary treatments of war to flesh out her meditation on peace. She’ll also stage “Entrance,” “Exit” and...