Actress does right by Scrooge in theater’s ‘Christmas Carol’

Sat, Dec 3, 2016 - 10:35pm

By Nancy Churnin

DALLAS — It turns out that the big surprise in Dallas Theater Center’s A Christmas Carol at the Wyly Theatre isn’t the casting of a woman as Scrooge, but the way Sally Nystuen Vahle’s performance of a miserly boss proves that Charles Dickens has created a universal role not specific to gender.

Vahle’s thin-lipped Ebenezer chills from the moment she appears centerstage of the factory she runs. The rectangular spot on which she stands rises hydraulically to a great height over the workers she oversees with chilly calculation. If she doesn’t bellow as loudly as Scrooges Past, she is...

UNT dancers to present original choreography

Thu, Nov 24, 2016 - 7:07am

By Lucinda Breeding

Senior dance majors at the University of North Texas put news twists on old turns in their upcoming new choreography performance.

“Movement in Meaning” collects the dances of eight student dancer-choreographers next weekend, Dec. 2-4, at the University Theatre.

“They will be presenting artistic dance-making through meaningful movement, taking the audience on a journey that goes deeper than just steps,” said dance professor Shelley Cushman, the show’s artistic director and dance professor.

Student artists deal with everything from addiction to resisting cultural conventions. Senior...

Lifetime movie features UNT grad

Thu, Oct 13, 2016 - 6:44am

University of North Texas graduate Kedrick Brown will appear in a Lifetime Original Movie premiering at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Brown will play Alonzo Williams of the World Class Wreckin’ Cru in Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Miche’le.

Hip-hop artist Michel’le, who recorded her first song “Before You Turn off the Lights” with the Wreckin’ Cru, examines the darker side of Compton hip-hop as she narrates the movie, which is based on her life story. Considered the first lady of Ruthless Records, Michel’le overcame abuse and adversity.

Brown appeared in the OWN series Greenleaf,...

Higher Ed Guide: Two Structures for University Dance Programs

Wed, Aug 31, 2016

By Rachel Caldwell

When searching for the right college dance program (either as a student or faculty) your first concern is for quality of learning. You look for a good match in curriculum, degree options and subject emphasis. But how much attention should you pay to management structure? Whether a university dance program is independent or is housed within a broader department can have a huge impact on how it operates and what it can offer students. And the way administrative decisions are made says a lot about how dance is viewed by the college and the surrounding community. Though there’s no one right way...

Fractured faith

Tue, Sep 30, 2014 - 12:13pm

A nun nurses a niggling suspicion that the priest who presides over the Catholic school where she teaches is a predator. Her anxieties teach a young sister — an emerging teacher — an unintended lesson about the fallout of power plays.

John Patrick Shanley’s 2005 Pulitzer Prize-winning play Doubt: A Parable is a popular play that gets its second local staging by the University of North Texas Department of Dance and Theatre Arts. Denton Community Theatre staged a one-act cutting of the drama for its American Association of Community Theatre competition festival several years ago. It was adapted for film in...