MTD Launches New Thursday After-Work Performance Series
It’s been a long hot summer for Michigan drivers caught up in orange-barrel season, and with plenty of good weather ahead, the road congestion is not over yet. The Department of Music, Theatre and Dance (MTD) at OU has a suggestion that will allow you to beat the traffic jams – on Thursdays at least. Come “jam” with us instead.
This fall MTD is launching a new performance series designed to fit the bustling lives of the Oakland community and the community at large. Instead of driving home, we invite patrons to enjoy an “early night out,” attending performances that begin at 6 pm. Food and beverages will be available on the mezzanine outside of Varner Recital Hall beginning at 5 pm. Most events will finish by 7 pm, allowing plenty of time for an after-show dinner in a local restaurant or at home.
The series is designed to provide patrons the opportunity to experience the entire range of Oakland’s performing arts program, with offerings including student and faculty performers in large and small music ensembles, an opera, plays including Shakespeare and musical theatre, modern dance, soloists, and guest artists. And all for the unbeatable price of “pay what you wish.” Tickets are available at the Varner Hall box office and online through Star Tickets at startickets.com, but audience members can set their own price, making the series affordable to everyone.
Thursday Arts-After-Work is designed as a service to the local community, providing a friendly place for friends, colleagues, and neighbors to enjoy one another’s company, and we hope the community will embrace the idea for all the potential it has to offer.
The series opens with a bang (and all the fanfare we can muster) on September 22, 2011 when the fabulous OU Jazz Faculty will perform. Dare we say, “Be there or be square?”