This year the School of Dramatic Art commemorates a half-century of excellence in performance, production, and education, along with the 60th year of bringing professional quality performances to the University stage with the production arm of the school, University Players. This joint celebration will look back on the spectacular growth of the drama programs over the years and showcase distinguished alumni with visits to campus which will provide our students an opportunity to connect with graduates through workshops and discussion panels over the course of the year.
Let's Talk Theatre: Lunch and Discussion Series
This lunch and discussion series features impressive three-course lunches and entertaining and informative guest speakers presented at Windsor's cultural gem, the stately Willistead Manor.
You will have time to mingle and enjoy the company of your friends, old and new, over lunch; and afterwards join in a discussion with our special guests about the next University Players production.
The three events in the series:
Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 11:30 am: Mr. Burns
Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 11:30 am: Journey's End
Experience a transformed Willistead Manor, lavishly decorated for the holidays, at this luncheon.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 11:30 am: Love and Information
Price per lunch: $45
Tickets must be purchased at least two days in advance. Theatre tickets must be purchased separately.
September 28 & 29: Alumni Reception and Family BBQ
MR. BURNS PRE-SHOW ALUMNI RECEPTION - Friday, September 28, 7pm in the Essex Hall Theatre Lobby
Join us for an evening of fellowship and festivities as we celebrate the kickoff of our 60th Anniversary season and Alumni Weekend with a Welcome Reception just prior to the Friday performance of Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play.
FAMILY BBQ AND CARNIVAL - Saturday, September 29, 3-5pm on the lawn at the Jackman Dramatic Art Centre
The sky's the limit! Bring the kids and gather together with alumni, current students, and friends for food and fun on the lawn in front of the Jackman Dramatic Art Centre. Alumni Philip Psutka and Lindsay Bellaire at Theatre Arcturus perform an aerialist show that will thrill and delight! Fun and games for the kids, too! Drama in Education students will be on hand with crafts and activites. An event for the whole family!
February 15: Love Letters
Join us in welcoming back alumni to perform in this spectacular event!
Our distinguished alumni will join us on stage in Essex Hall in a performance of Love Letters by A.R. Gurney.
Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner, both born to wealth and position, are childhood friends whose lifelong correspondence begins with birthday party thank-you notes and summer camp postcards. Romantically attached, they continue to exchange letters through the boarding school and college years—where Andy goes on to excel at Yale and law school, while Melissa flunks out of a series of "good schools." While Andy is off at war Melissa marries, but her attachment to Andy remains strong and she continues to keep in touch as he marries, becomes a successful attorney, gets involved in politics and, eventually, is elected to the U.S. Senate. Meanwhile, her marriage in tatters, Melissa dabbles in art and gigolos, drinks more than she should, and becomes estranged from her children. Eventually she and Andy do become involved in a brief affair, but it is really too late for both of them. However Andy's last letter, written to her mother after Melissa's untimely death, makes it eloquently clear how much they really meant, and gave to, each other over the years—physically apart, perhaps, but spiritually as close as only true lovers can be.
Tickets will be available through the University Players Box Office in late fall 2018.
Wednesday, April 10: UP on Stage
Looking Back on 60 Years
Closing out our 60th Anniversary is this immersive event that allows audience members to see the world from an actor's perspective.The evening will include a cocktail reception, a tour of the theatre and backstage, a three-course meal with wine, special performances from the UP company, and more. Stay tuned for more information on this signature anniversary event.
Seating is limited. Tickets will be available through the University Players Box Office in early 2019.