Are you the type of person who pines for the performing arts? Does your heart swoon over a tremendous crescendo played by a concert band? Have you ever found yourself singing your favorite show tunes in public? Ever wish you can just break out into dance in the middle of that tedious 8a.m. class? If you’re the kind of person who lives for music, theatre, dance, or all the above, drop this newspaper now and waltz your way over to the Nazarian Center, the heart for all things performing arts on campus.
Built in 2000, the Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts is the newest academic building at Rhode Island College. Named in honor of former RIC president John Nazarian, the Naz (as we cool kids at the Anchor call it) is home to the music, dance and theatre programs at RIC, as well as the two major auditoriums on campus; the 943-seat Roberts Hall auditorium and the 422-seat Sapinsley Hall. The Naz also houses the black-box Forman Theatre, the Fannie Helen Melcer Dance Studio and the Little Theatre.
Since its start over a decade ago, the Naz has provided Rhode Island College with a whimsical display of performances and the 2011-2012 school year promises yet another year of dazzling dance, theatre and music recitals. All of the RIC Performing Arts programs perform in the Nazarian Center making it the place to be to see some of the best dance recitals, theatre productions, and concerts in the region.
In addition to the delightful array of college performances, the Naz also provides Rhode Island College with a plethora of nationally and internationally beloved performances in the popular Performing Arts Series. This yearlong extravaganza of some of the best performances the world has ever seen kicks off Oct. 5 at 7:30p.m., when River North Dance Chicago storms the Roberts Hall auditorium. Make sure you check out the calendar of the Fall 2011 Performing Arts Series and throughout the year, the Anchor will be your guide to all things Nazarian.
Do you have a hunger that only outstanding performances can satisfy? Whether your love is dance, theatre, music, or a concoction of all three, make sure you get yourself down to the Nazarian Center to be amazed and astounded by the awesomeness that is a night at the Naz!