TIP OF THE WEEK: Sustainable DPAC!

Just wanted to give a preliminary heads up that as part of Notre Dame’s initiative to Go Green, we at DPAC are going to begin implementing some changes to comply with the University’s new standard and goal of being a sustainable campus. Guest Services’ part of the bargain will mostly entail looking at the way we can be more sustainable in our concessions stands. Over the course of the year we’ll be complying where we can to help with this goal. We’ll keep you all in the loop as the changes come through. Stay tuned!


CENTER HIGHLIGHT: MET Operas 2018-19 have been announced!

Our next season of great operas is on the schedule! FYI- on July 12th tickets go on sale for MET Members and July 18th they go on sale to the general public. I’m sure they’re all great, especially the ones that I can’t pronounce!

October 6th, 2018        Aida (Verdi)

October 20th, 2018      Samson et Dalila (Saint-Saens) – New Production

November 3rd, 2018    La Fanciulla del West (Puccini)

December 15th, 2018   La Traviata (Verdi) – New Production

January 12th, 2019       Adriana Lecouvreur (Celia) – New Production

February 2nd, 2019      Carmen (Bizet)

February 16th, 2019     Marnie (Muhly) – Premiere Production

March 2nd, 2019          La Fille du Regiment (Donizetti)

March 30th, 2019         Die Walkure (Wagner)

May 11th, 2019            Dialogues des Carmelites (Poulenc)

 CENTER HIGHLIGHT: The 2018 Usher Recognition Ceremony and Dinner

As always, it was great to see so many of you this past Tuesday night. We had a great time! Let’s recap:


 We started off with some opening words and Executive Director Ted shared the new Mission Statement for DPAC and his appreciation for the great work you do for the Center to make that mission a reality.


After literally picking numbers out of a hat to see which table got to eat first first, dinner was served! We had our annual chicken and potluck combo. Thanks to everyone for the delicious side dishes!

 As is tradition, after dinner we shared our favorite events of the past year. The usher favorites always cover a wide range of events and highlights what great programming we have over here at DPAC!










The most popular were Presenting Series artists Itzhak Perlman, Chloe Agnew and the Atlanta Pops, the Preservation Hall Jazz event and Patti LuPone (with ND student singers!). Sorin: A Notre Dame Story was also on the top of many lists.

The Presenting Series was well represented with the above-mentioned artists plus Nathan and Julie Gunn, Third Coast Percussion, and UZIMA!

The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival’s Cabaret Event with Angela Ingersoll was a hit with those who got to see it, as well as last weekend’s one man show by Notre Dame Legend Rocky Bleier.

Our Browning programming was represented by the MET Operas, The Jewish Film Festival with films The Last Suit and Foxtrot getting special mention and the 1968 series with Black Panthers signaled out. Individual films such as The Shape of Water, Lady Bird, The Post and Itzhak (The Movie!) also got notices.

The Notre Dame student talent again was on display this year.  Not only were the singers with Patti LuPone mentioned, but also the Notre Dame Symphony Orchestra, the Italian Languages Concert, and DPAC favorite Alex Mansour’s student recital. Also FTT students brought us successful runs of Native Gardens and Spring Awakening that were worthy of praise.

Young local talent was represented as well, with Southold Dance- Don Quixote and the South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestra.

 The diversity in selections was so vast that even giving tours in The Reyes during an Open House got a shout out!

 After sharing our favorites, we handed out the hours pins. Congratulations again go out to our ushers who were recognized for their hours of service. Here they are:


500 Hours:






Leslie G.

Peggy H.

Reynaldo H.

Rita K.

Rosanne M.

Nancy Jo P.

Bob R.

Dan S.


750 Hours:






Greg D.

Lorraine G.

Phyllis L.

Robin L.

Mary W.


1000 Hours:






Pat G.

Louann K.

Phyllis W.

Norma W.


1250 Hours:






Nancy M.

Mary Beth M.

Becky T.


1500 Hours:






Diane H.

Pete S.

 If you weren’t at the ceremony and are one of this year’s recipients, congrats are in order! Please ask a house manager on your next shift and we’ll gladly give you your pin and a round of applause!

Thanks again to all of you for another great year and for donating so much of your time and energy to the Center! We look forward to many more years with all of you!


CENTER HIGHLIGHT 2: Summer Classics!

The Summer Classics are here! This year’s theme: Musicals! Great musicals from across the decades will be in the Browning on Wednesdays in July and August. Here you go:

July 11th– Oklahoma! (1955)







July 18th– Hello, Dolly! (1969)







July 25th– Hair (1979)







August 1st– Annie (1982)







August 8th– Moulin Rogue! (2001)







These musicals are so good that three of them have an exclamation point in the title! (I guess that’s why Yentl didn’t make the cut. If it was Yentl! now that would be a whole different story!)

CENTER HIGHLIGHT: Rocky Bleier Shirts!

For this weekend’s Rocky Bleier shows we were asked by the Ara Parseghian Foundation if the ushers could wear the special shirt for the event. Why not! It’s for a good cause!

Check out today’s stylish ushers:





Tomorrow’s ushers will also get the free shirt perk! Enjoy!

CENTER HIGHLIGHT: Mini Year in Review 2017-18

Every year at the Usher Recognition Dinner we ask each of you to share your favorite performance of the past year. Give it some thought over the weekend. Here are some that stand out:

The Presenting Series included Deborah Voigt, Quetzal, Nathan and Julie Gunn, Cage Shuffle, the Preservation Hall extravaganza, Kiera Duffy, The Okee Dokee Brothers, Solera, Third Coast, The Mountaintop,  Dragons Love Tacos, Chloe Agnew, Patti LuPone and Itzhak Perlman

We had dance with Nic Gareiss: Irish Dance, Jessica Lang Dance and the Grand Rapids Ballet.

In the Browning we had the Summer Classics Series, the ANDKids festival, National Theatre Live, MET Operas, the Jewish Film Festival, and countless new and classic movies.

FTT brought us Rhinoceros, Native Gardens and the musical Spring Awakening.

Shakespeare brought us the Cabaret Event with Angela Ingersoll and the main event: Much Ado About Nothing.

The University brought us many events including the massively popular: ND Forum- Views From the West Wing.

Let’s not forget Sorin: A Notre Dame Story!

…and as always, everyone’s favorites: Game Day Masses, Commencement Ceremonies and Admitted Student Days!

Obviously, these are just a few of our great events over the year, but we can’t wait to hear your favorites on Tuesday. If you can’t make the dinner, feel free to send us an email of what was your favorite and we’ll share it with the group. Thanks!