Tip of the Week: Look at the Ticket First

Dear Miss Managers,

I was here for a concert last week and received an unexpected tour of the Concert Hall, not by choice but due to the fact that my ticket said Door B yet the usher let me in through Door A.  Just wanted to give you a heads-up that ushers should put their heads-down to look at my ticket first.

Irritated,

Miss Guided

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ticketDear Miss Guided,

We thank you for your feedback and will quickly inform our ushers that their warm and friendly greeting to each patron at the door should be followed by a quick glance at the ticket to ensure the patrons are entering the correct door.  Because the ticket scanners are not able to detect this, the ushers should look first at the ticket before scanning it.  This quick glance will save patrons from an unnecessary commute.

Wisely,

Miss Managers

Center Staff Highlight: Amy Lehman

We had mentioned that we had a new ticket office manager at the beginning of the year, Amy Franklin, and now we are happy to introduce Amy Lehman! Amy just got married this past August to her “childhood sweetheart,” Kyle Lehman. We sat down with Amy to get to know her a little better.

How many siblings did you have growing up?

581645_628647733365_1154713644_nI have 2 older brothers…I’m the spoiled little baby.

What is your hometown?

Osceola, Indiana

Where do you live now?

Nappanee, Indiana

Where is your “dream” place to live?

Denver, Colorado

Where is your favorite place to travel?

Scotland

What is your favorite Michiana “hang out?”

Main Street Coffee in Nappanee

bclogohome2Where did you graduate from and in what?

I graduated with my Bachelor’s in Theatre from Bethel College

Where else have you worked?

The Children’s Place, Wet Seal, Bath and Body Works, and WFRN Radio Station

What experiences helped you for your position now?

I think being a manager for almost 8 years in the always competitive retail industry really helped me have the qualities needed for this position. My passion for the Arts really solidified my spot here, I think.

What is your favorite kind of music?never-been-kissed

It’s hard to choose because of my passion for the Arts, it really depends on my mood that day.

What is your favorite movie?

My favorite movie is, “Never Been Kissed.”

If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be?

Jennifer Aniston. I feel like we would be best friends…

1234839_359264824204577_1278484237_nWhat does your new husband, Kyle, do?

He’s a farmer.

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

Cancun, Mexico

What was the most exciting thing about your wedding?

I did a special dance with my dad. We acted out a song all about when a daughter grows up…not a dry eye in the house!

What is something unique about you?

I had a really bad lisp until I was 9.

What is something you are proud of?

I’ve traveled to many different countries in the last 7 years and have crossed off about 10 things on my bucket list in the past 4 years.

What was the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Do what you feel is right in your heart because people will judge you either way.

What was the worst advice you’ve ever been given?

To dye my hair red…it was horrible…

What would you like to share with our ushers?

Help create the “magic” of theatre! When people walk through our doors, they want an experience! Help each experience be a special day for them!

A look ahead to this year’s MET Opera LIVE season

With MET Operas just around the corner (our first will be October 5!), we asked our student “MET Opera guru,” Alex Leslie to give us some insight into the MET Operas this season. You can certainly tell that he loves MET Opera, and hopefully, you’ll sign up for a MET Opera and fall in love with it, as well.

MET Operas are, of course, long. It’s a difficult performance genre to get into for several reasons: we don’t encounter opera often in our day-to-day lives, the texts are largely non-English, and it seems a bit daunting to get a grasp of the field. I don’t claim to have all that much knowledge of opera, but I thought I’d share a few of my thoughts and what I think will be especially worth seeing this season as a bit of a jumping-off point!

The MET Opera Live in HD season tends to be selected from the works of accepted greats, so it’s a safe bet that whatever they’re performing, they’re doing it for good reason. Puccini is certainly one of said ‘greats.’ Two of his operas will be shown this season, Tosca in the fall and le Boheme in spring. Puccini is an expert at portraying and building emotion, and I find Tosca particularly moving: “Vissi d’arte” towards the end of Act II and “E lucevan le stele” from Act III are especially famous arias.

falstaf_nugFalstaff is based on the comic antics of Shakespeare’s fat knight from the Henry IV plays and the Merry Wives of Windsor. Verdi didn’t do much in comedy, but we see both the frill and the pomp of his style here. Longtime and fan-favorite MET conductor James Levine will be back atop the podium for this performance after an extended leave due to health issues, whose skills in themselves make this performance worth attending.

rusalka_nugDvorak’s Rusalka will feature MET regular Renee Fleming as the titular character, considered one of her major roles. Song to the Moon is a particularly well-known piece from this opera, and if you search for it on youtube you’ll find one of the top results is one of Fleming’s concert renditions. Dvorak’s music has a rich complexity that definitely marks his work as distinct.

nugget_hd201314_wertherWerther is considered alongside MET-favorite Manon as Massenet’s best. Massenet is an expert at setting the listener on edge with his composition, paralleling the angst of the plot in its music. In a genre filled with tragic tales, Werther’s is certainly one of the most consistently tragic.

cosi_nugCosi Fan Tutte is my very favorite comedic opera, so it’s a shame we’ll have to wait until spring to see it. The story is based on a classic switch-plot: in order to test the resolve of their lovers, the friends Ferrando and Guglielmo are persuaded by the cynic Don Alfonso to fake military duty in order to return, disguised as Albanians (what else?), and attempt to seduce the other’s lover. Hilarity and fantastic ensemble pieces ensue – definitely a must-see!

Written by Alex Leslie, Class of 2014

To read more and see what is in store for this season, please visit http://performingarts.nd.edu/methd.aspx#.UkG8fIasim4.

Tip of the Week: Philbin Ushers

regisDear Miss Managers,

I’ve never ushered in the Philbin Studio Theatre before.  With On the Verge just around the corner, is there any advice you could give me?

Eagerly,

Mr. Newcomer

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Dear Mr. Newcomer,

I’m happy to help you be the best usher possible in the Philbin!  First, I encourage you to enter the venue before house opens to get acclimated to the space, know any wheelchair locations, and see where the usher is positioned while house is open.  Second, remember that Philbin performances are always general admission, and patrons will need to be encouraged to fill all available seats since we expect full houses for each performance.  Finally, your radio volume needs to be turned off during the performance time; in the event of an emergency, you can easily switch it back on to report an issue to your house manager.  If you have any further questions, your house manager is there to assist you!

Knowledgeably,

Miss Managers

Student Staff Highlight: New Student Ushers

A new year means a new set of students! Please welcome our nine new student workers the next time you see them!

Bottone Pat 2013

Name: Pat Bottone
Hometown: Medway, MA
Dorm: Dillon Hall
Graduation Year: 2015
Major(s)/Minor(s): Economics & Psychology
Favorite performing arts experience: Attending a John Mayer concert. He’s an amazing musician.
Favorite Film: Star Wars Episode 5
Presenting Series Performer Most Looking Forward To: Third Coast Percussion
One interesting fact about you: One of the things I miss most about home are the terrible roads.

Jones Megan 2013

Name: Megan Jones
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Dorm: Lewis
Graduation Year: 2017
Major(s)/Minor(s): Chemical Engineering
Favorite performing arts experience: Performing in Steel Magnolia’s as M’Lynn senior year of high school.
Favorite Film: Colin Firth version of Pride & Prejudice and Beauty and the Beast
Presenting Series Performer Most Looking Forward To: I am excited for the performance by Danú as I am currently studying the Irish language.
One interesting fact about you: I love everything Disney.

Kim Michelle 2013

Name: Michelle Kim
Hometown: Skokie, IL
Dorm: Pasquerilla West
Graduation Year: 2017
Major(s)/Minor(s): Arts & Letters Pre-Professional
Favorite performing arts experience: Musicals and symphony concerts
Favorite Film: The Shop Around the Corner
Presenting Series Performer Most Looking Forward To: Diavolo Dance Theatre
One interesting fact about you: I don’t usually drink coffee, but when I do, I drink it black.

Koehler Chris 2013

Name: Chris Koehler
Hometown: Shaker Heights, OH
Dorm: Keough
Graduation Year: 2017
Major(s)/Minor(s): Business Management
Favorite performing arts experience: Seeing Wicked on Broadway as a freshman in high school
Favorite Film: The Prestige
Presenting Series Performer Most Looking Forward To: Burning River Brass, because they are from my hometown
One interesting fact about you: I have really beautiful handwriting

Koptik Lizzie 2013Name: Lizzie Koptik
Hometown: Wadsworth, IL
Dorm: Psychology & Business
Graduation Year: 2017
Major(s)/Minor(s): Psychology and Business
Favorite performing arts experience: The student night performance of my high school’s annual play. The whole audience was vibrating and we were all on our feet cheering by the end.
Favorite Film: Remember the Titans
Presenting Series Performer Most Looking Forward To: Intergalactic Nemesis Books 1 & 2
One interesting fact about you: I am a “grade A” French braider

Lanham Frank 2013

Name: Frank Lanham
Hometown:Charleston, IL
Dorm: Dillon
Graduation Year: 2017
Major(s)/Minor(s): Film and Television
Favorite performing arts experience: Went to see Les Miserables with the French Club last year. the show was very well done and was a lot of fun to watch.
Favorite Film: Monty Python and the Holy Grail – it just can’t be beat.
Presenting Series Performer Most Looking Forward To: Intergalactic Nemesis takes the cake.
One interesting fact about you: I’ve climbed to the highest point of 35 different states.

Martin Drew 2013Name: Drew Martin
Hometown: Running Springs, CA
Dorm: Knott
Graduation Year: 2017
Major(s)/Minor(s): Business/Political Sciences
Favorite performing arts experience: Playing the cello at many different venues.
Favorite Film: Blazing Saddles
Presenting Series Performer Most Looking Forward To: Estonian Symphony!
One interesting fact about you: I can’t swim, but I hope to learn here!

Nguyen Alina 2013Name: Alina Nguyen
Hometown: Bloomington, MN
Dorm: Pangborn
Graduation Year: 2017
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology
Favorite performing arts experience: Visiting film festivals in Minneapolis with my friends. There are many eye opening and insightful films every year!
Favorite Film: Anything directed by Alfred Hitchcock, for example the Rear Window.
Presenting Series Performer Most Looking Forward To: Momix! I am amazed with what the dancers are able to do. I am also interested in how nature is portrayed through these dancers.
One interesting fact about you: I occasionally listen to screamo music when I am in the mood!

Wiegand Ryan 2013Name: Ryan Wiegand
Hometown: Carmel, IN
Dorm: Siegfried
Graduation Year: 2016
Major(s)/Minor(s): Political Science
Favorite performing arts experience: Performing as Jean Valjean in my high schoo’s production of Les Miserables
Favorite Film: 500 Days of Summer
Presenting Series Performer Most Looking Forward To: Audra McDonald
One interesting fact about you: When I was little George W Bush patted me on the head.

2013-2014 Cinema Partnerships

Once again, the Browning Cinema is partnering with academic departments at the University to create film festivals and themed film series. Programmed by Ted Barron, the center’s Senior Associate Director, the Browning maintains its unique identity by being involved in the selection process with these partnerships, expanding the cinema’s programming capacity while supporting academics. Those same partnerships allow the cinema to present directors and filmmakers throughout the year. The Browning Cinema also offers an alternative, unconventional evening; you don’t have to be a film buff to enjoy the full immersion experience of art house, foreign, classic or independent film. You just have to be a free spirit, willing to explore and have a little rebel in your bones. Here are some of the cinema highlights for the 2013-2014 season:

ETThe Classic 100 is more than a film list; it is a “film mission.”   The Classic 100 list of films is not a film canon or the list-to-end-all-lists and can be argued among film scholars and film buffs alike. It is, however, a collection of undeniably great films. After choosing ten sources producing over 400 titles, compiling the list of 100 took many weeks of debate to make sure that as many possible different genres, great directors, innovators and ground-breaking films were included. Some great films shifted in rank—determined by how many times they overlapped each source—to make room for an unrepresented director or missing genre. The final list was literally hand-picked. Whether you trust the sources or methodology, it is difficult for anyone to name a bad film in the titles now known as the Classic 100.  The Classic 100 also pursues an academic mission. It is designed so that it can be screened in its entirety every four years to give all students graduating from the University of Notre Dame, and every student of life, the opportunity to become film literate by taking in these movie masterpieces. Discover, or rediscover, these great works of art that “owned the 20th Century.”

angelsNanovic Institute for European Studies has titled this semester’s film series, Young and Broke in Europe, kicked off by their September 12th screening of The Angels’ Share.  The Nanovic Institute is dedicated to enriching the learning experience at Notre Dame by supporting teaching, research, and events that inform students and faculty about the countries and cultures of contemporary Europe, and the films presented in the series address the current economic challenges in Europe as young people across the continent are facing record unemployment.  This film series always provides access to films found only in International Film Festivals or Europe.  In November, Nanovic will partner with the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures to present The Tournées Festival.

History on Film is an ongoing partnership with the Department of History in which classic films are introduced by history faculty members.

houseThe Center for Social Concerns or CSC, as many of your know from the send-off ceremony every May, focuses on issues reflecting Catholic social teaching.  This year, CSC is focusing on the theme of incarceration, kicking off this series with the screening of The House I Live In on October 3rd.

Shakespeare in Prisons is a partnership with Shakespeare at Notre Dame and will feature keynote addresses and film screenings by Curt Tofteland (founding director of Shakespeare Behind Bars) and Tom Magill (founder of the Educational Shakespeare Company and director of the Irish film Mickey B), the conference aims to bring together artists and educators engaged in transformational arts programs using Shakespeare in prisons across the United States (and the world) for an exploration and study of the effects such programming has on incarcerated populations.  The goal is to promote a collaborative learning forum where participants will be exposed to a diverse array of programs that all strive for a common result:  The habilitation of the inmate’s mind, heart, body, and spirit.

The Africana World is a campus-wide initiative prompted by the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s visit to the University of Notre Dame on October of 1963.  Organized by the Center for Arts and Culture, the Browning will screen King:  A Filmed Record on October 12th.

eugeneMET Opera will return this year, starting in October with Eugene Onegin, with the complete offering of ten presentations Live in High Definition. Come experience opera like you never have before.

Whether you’re a movie scholar or just a movie lover, the films in the 2013-2014 season in the Browning Cinema give us the opportunity to learn new perspectives, gain an understanding of people and cultures different from our own, and also learn more about our own history.   Grab your popcorn and soda and let’s go to the movies!