Rhode Island College’s Theatre and Dance programs will no doubt shine this semester, with an array of spectacular performances to heat up the spring.
Kicking things off is the RIC Mainstage Theatre production of Hugh Whitemore’s “Breaking the Code,” directed by Michael Ducharme. “Breaking the Code” focuses on brilliant British mathematician Alan Turing. Turing broke the Nazi’s “unbreakable” Enigma Code, but had his life and legacy devastated by a homophobic British government after it was discovered he was a gay man. Decades later, “Breaking the Code” hopes to bring glory back to a radiant life that was spoiled by the ignorance of others. “Breaking the Code” will be performed in the Forman Theater from Wednesday, Feb. 15 to Sunday, Feb. 19, and general admission is $15.
From Friday, Feb. 24 to Sunday, Feb. 26, the RIC Dance Company will perform its 53rd Annual Spring Concert. Featuring choreography from Adele Myers, Jamie Jewett, Danny Buraczeski and Colleen Cavanaugh, the dazzling Dance Company is sure to entertain audiences young and old. General admission is $15, and the show will be performed in Sapinsley Hall.
As winter thaws and the warmth of March reaches the RIC campus, Forman Theater will come alive with the “Dance Faculty Concert,” featuring Faculty artist/choreographer Kathy Smith. Taking place on Thursday, March 22 and Friday, March 23, tickets are $15 and the concert will illustrate the work of Smith over a two-year MFA program at Goddard University.
In April, RIC Mainstage Theatre will once again take the stage, this time performing “The Drowsy Chaperone.” Coined as “a musical within a comedy,” “A Drowsy Chaperone” is a humorous spoof of musical theatre from the 1920’s, when jazz and flappers ruled the states. Directed by Bill Wilson and choreographed by Angelica Vessella, “The Drowsy Chaperone” will be hitting the Forman Theater from Thursday, April 12 to Sunday, April 15, and tickets are $15.
On Thursday, May 3 and Friday, May 4, the exciting performing arts season will come to a close with the “Student Choreography Showcase.” This concert will have the spotlight fixed on the talented students that make up the Dance Performing Program, previewing their own work and what will make an exciting night. Tickets are $15, and will happen in the Forman Theatre.
In New England you can never really tell what exactly the weather will bring, but one thing is guaranteed; the performances from RIC’s Theater and Dance companies will be smoking hot. Don’t forget to buy tickets at the Nazarian Center box office and break the monotony of essays and tests this semester.