CENTER HIGHLIGHT: 2016 Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival!

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As we continue to celebrate the Shakespeare 400 (that’s a car race, right?) Notre Dame’s annual Shakespeare Festival starts next month. The theme of this year’s festival is “Shakespeare’s Last Words” and will concentrate on his latter day masterpieces.  As always we will be host to several events but there’ll be plenty of other performances outside our building to enjoy.

 

7906The events kick off in our building on July 8th at 7:00 PM with Explore “Pericles”. In the Philbin director Cameron Knight and his cast take you behind the scenes of the Young Company’s summer run of Pericles, Prince of Tyre.

 

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The Young Company will be performing Pericles, Prince of Tyre starting July 17th through August 22nd at outdoor venues throughout the region. This year they’ll even be performing all the way in Chicago! For more info on the show and to find where they’re performing near you please check out this link:

 

http://shakespeare.nd.edu/notre-dame-shakespeare-festival/young-company/

7901This summer also brings ShakeScenes on July 16th and 17th at 2:00 PM in Washington Hall. This year the performers will be reinterpreting Shakespeare’s “greatest hits” in 10 minute scenes. Sounds like a good time! For more info and to get free tickets please check out this link:

http://shakespeare.nd.edu/notre-dame-shakespeare-festival/shakescenes/

7910August brings us back to DPAC starting with Explore “The Tempest” on August 3rd at 6 PM and 7 PM in the Decio. Tempest director West Hyler and his cast and crew will lead you beyond the stage on a tour of the set and give their insights on the upcoming performance.

7886Finally the main event: The Tempest runs from August 16th through August 28th in the Decio Mainstage Theatre. The Professional Company will dazzle us as always with two weeks of performances of one of Shakespeare’s most popular works. For more info and a schedule of the shows please go to:

http://shakespeare.nd.edu/notre-dame-shakespeare-festival/professional-company/

Look forward to seeing you at any of these many events!

SPECIAL EVENT: July 30th Third Coast Percussion!

dpac july 30On Saturday July 30th Third Coast Percussion will be doing their summer performance at the Center. If you recall, last year’s summer performance took place at Beutter Park in Mishawaka and it was a most unique and entertaining event. This year’s event is back here and set to take place both indoors and outdoors! The Irish Green, outdoor Terrace and the Leighton will all be involved in their performance. (Unless it rains, then just the Leighton!) We’ll have an idea closer to the date how all of this will unfold but it should be interesting.

The event will be extra special as it will coincide with the reveal of our 2016-2017 Presenting Series! Experience Michiana host Kelly Morgan will emcee the event and the Center has invited patrons plus our University and community partners. This launch has usually taken place in the Founder’s Room with just a few guests but this year we’re going big!

There are a few usher spots left for the event so please feel free to sign up to enjoy the festivities!

SCREENING TITLE ADDED: June 29th Pre-College Summer Scholars Program Screening

MV5BOTc3NDE2NzYyOV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMTMwOTMxMjE@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,706,1000_AL_The movie playing this Wednesday in the Leighton for the Pre-College Summer Scholars Program is Poverty, Inc. The thought-provoking documentary will be followed by a panel discussion. Here’s a little synopsis (that I didn’t write):

The West has made itself the protagonist of development, giving rise to a multibillion-dollar poverty industry. From TOMS Shoes to international adoptions, from solar panels to U.S. food aid, this film challenges each of us to ask the tough question: Could I be part of the problem?

 There you go! Find out if you’re part of the problem on Wednesday night!

The film is open to the public so if you’re not ushering feel free to come down and watch.

AUGUST EVENT: Mandatory Summer Training!

ClassroomYes it’s that time. As some of you remember every few years we do a mandatory refresher training for ushers. The last time was 2013 with “Camp DPAC”. I wasn’t here but it sounds like everyone went camping at the Center. I might be mistaken. Anyways, the periodic training helps you brush up on your ushering skills, gets us all on the same page and gives you time to ask us questions. So everyone benefits!

This time around we’re going to concentrate on Emergency and Evacuation Procedures. We can all agree that it is important to be prepared for a variety of different emergency situations and that this training is beneficial for both staff and ushers. We’ll be learning along with you!

Members of the Notre Dame Fire Department and Notre Dame Security Police will be on hand as well as the Center performance staff to run through various scenarios that can go wrong on a shift and how to deal with the emergencies as quickly and safely as we can. We plan to have ushers and staff stationed in multiple venues to best simulate an emergency scenario that could occur during a shift where performances in many venues are going at once.

We stress that this is mandatory, as we want everyone to be as prepared as possible if any incident were to happen during a shift. We are looking at an evening in early August to do this so we can get the training in before the 2016-2017 season kicks off. We’ll let you know soon what day we have booked as we are awaiting confirmation from the NDFD and NDSP representatives that will be joining us. Thanks!

CENTER HIGHLIGHT: Summer Classics are Coming!

jaws-movie-posterAs you have seen on the event list for July, we are having classic films on Wednesday nights starting in July. Of course these shifts filled fast, but if you’re interested in attending as a patron your Usher Perks will come in handy! Personally I can’t wait to see Jaws on the big screen. That movie’s so scary I still have to check the bath tub for sharks!

Executive Director Ted is excited about the series and here’s what he had to say about it:

Dear DPAC Friends, 

 Over the past few years, many of you have asked: why doesn’t DPAC show movies in the summer?  Not content to accept responses about the wonderful programming of our ANDkids World Film Festival (which returns August 3-6), you have demanded movies for you.  Well, here they are!  This summer, we have programmed a series of film classics that cannot be missed!  Come one…come all!  Bring the kids!!  Beat the heat!!!  Wednesday nights beginning July 6, you will have the unique opportunity to see a selection of Hollywood classics as they were meant to be seen!

 Hope to see you here!

 Best,
Ted

unnamedSome Like It Hot (1959) Wednesday, July 6, 2016, 7:00 PM

Directed by Billy Wilder
With Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon
Not Rated, 121 minutes, DCP
Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon star as two jazzmen on the run from the mob who disguise themselves as women in order to take cover in an all-female band. Along their journey from wintry Chicago to sunny Florida, they meet the beautiful Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe) and gain the affections of a business tycoon (Joe E. Brown) proving that nobody’s perfect!
unnamed 2West Side Story (1961) Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 7:00 PM
Directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins
With Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris
Not Rated, 152 minutes, DCP
Introduced by Scotty Arnold, Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival composer.
The Jets and the Sharks meet on the streets of New York City in this spirited reimagining of the tragedy of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Winner of ten Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (Moreno) and Best Supporting Actor (Chakiris).
unnamed 3Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 7:00 PM
Directed by David Lean
With Peter O’Toole, Omar Sharif, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn
Rated PG, 222 minutes, DCP
Note: There will be a brief intermission.
Winner of seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, David Lean’s splendid biography of the enigmatic T. E. Lawrence paints a complex portrait of the desert-loving Englishman who united Arab tribes in a battle against the Ottoman Turks during World War I.
unnamed 4To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 7:00 PM
Directed by Robert Mulligan
With Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Phillip Alford, Robert Duvall
Not Rated, 129 minutes, DCP
Gregory Peck stars as Atticus Finch, a principled Southern lawyer who mounts an impossible defense for an African American client charged for a crime he did not commit. Winner of three Academy Awards, including Best Actor for Peck.

unnamed 5Jaws (1975) Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 7:00 PM
Directed by Steven Spielberg
With Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss
Rated PG, 130 minutes, DCP
When a great white shark menaces the small island community of Amity, threatening to ruin the summer tourist business, a police chief who is afraid of the water, a marine biologist and a grizzled fisherman join forces to hunt and kill the perilous predator.

TIP OF THE WEEK: DeBartolo Online Ticket Sales Closed For Maintenance!

pile-red-tickets-close-up-horizontal-2089397If you’ve been to the DeBartolo website: performingarts.nd.edu you may have noticed that online ticket sales are closed for maintenance. We plan to have it up and running before the Presenting Series ticket sales go live in August. Those dates, by the way, are August 15th for season ticket purchases and August 29th for individual performance purchases.

As for the events taking place in July and August: the classic films and ANDKids tickets will be available by coming down to the ticket office in person or by phone at 574-631-2800, Monday-Friday 12:00 PM-5:00 PM.

The summer’s Shakespeare Festival events have a link from our website to purchase tickets. You’ll see on the Shakespeare events that there is a BUY NOW! button. That takes you to the Shakespeare Festival’s website. You can purchase tickets online here, as well as in person or on the phone at our ticket office. If the tickets are purchased through the Shakespeare website, they’ll still be printed and handed out from our ticket office as normal, but it’s just a different route than usual. Hope that clears up any questions you may have had. Thanks!

CENTER HIGHLIGHT: The 2016 Usher Recognition Ceremony and Dinner

 

DSCF3554We had a great turnout for this year’s event. Over 70 ushers and staff were in attendance, including our newly-minted Executive Director: Ted Barron! Thank you to all who could make it out on the beautiful summer day and thanks to all ushers for your service to us over the years.

As for the dinner portion of the evening, the side dishes were terrific as always, thanks to everyone for bringing such delicious treats! If anyone wanted to get one of the usher recipe books that Molly compiled last year, please let us know. We have spare copies in our office.

After the tasty chicken and potluck dinner we all shared our favorite events of the past year. The favorites were many and show what a great and diverse selection of performances we have to choose from here at the Center.

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The most popular were the massive events: the Conversation with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and the 1916 Irish Rebellion Premiere with Liam Neeson. But so many more were mentioned by all of you. Let’s try to get through all (or at least most) of them!

There were music and dance performances such as Third Coast Percussion’s Inuksuit in Beutter Park, Notre Dame Symphony Orchestra, Sean Curran Dance, Gesualdo String Quartet (now known as the Solera Quartet), Boston Brass, Glee Club and NDSO’s Christmas Concert, Arturo O’Farrill, Trinity Irish Dance, Paul Appleby, A Capella Festival Concert, the Tallis Scholars, Notre Dame Jazz Band, Diavolo Dance, the Fischoff Competition and Southold Dance- Copelia

Our favorite stage performances included: William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (and it’s 700 performances!), LA Theatre Works- Dracula, FTT’s Little Shop of Horrors and Pride & Prejudice.

Our vast Browning programming was represented by the MET Operas, National Theatre Live performances- including Skylight, the Film Noir series, The Jewish Film Festival and individual films such as The Salt of the Earth, Brooklyn, Embrace of the Serpent, Where to Invade Next, and of course Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (no?.. okay, fine… I didn’t even see it.)

Our yearly events that were highlighted include the (Floodless!) Football Awards, Commencements including the Music Department with Arturo Sandoval and ROTC, and finally, yes, even Game Day Masses got a mention! I’m starting this season’s wait-list right now!

Did I get everything? So much to choose from!

Following our discussion of the best of the past year, we gave out our awards. This year we gave out the most pins yet! Congratulations again go out to our ushers who were recognized for their hours of service:

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500 Hours:

Rosalina A.

Greg D.

Greg O.

Alice O.

Mary W.

Phyllis W.

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750 Hours:

Pat G.

Dick H.

Diane H.

Louann K.

John L.

Shelby M.

Germana N.

Norma W.

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1000 Hours:

Art C.

Anastasia G.

Nancy M.

Pete S.

Becky T.

Stephen W.

 

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1250 Hours:

Katie P.

Marilyn S.

 

1500 Hours:

Katie P.

Our all-time top hours ushers also got a gift too. A candy bar! Can’t beat that, right?

Special thanks to Molly G., Jule P., Marilyn W., and Mark K. for their many years of service!

If you weren’t at the ceremony and are one of this year’s pin earners please ask a house manager on your next shift and we’ll gladly give you your pin.

After the awards, we gathered in the Browning for a group picture. That’s a good looking bunch!

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Katherine just dropped us a note thanking us for not photo shopping her into the picture considering her appearance the last time we saw her in the Browning. (Just clarifying that was Katherine’s joke and not mine!) It’s so great to see that she is in good spirits and can still have her wonderful sense of humor about the situation! We’ll make sure we get her in the next group picture!

Following the picture we closed the eventful night with a screening of the ever-magnificent Raiders of the Lost Ark.

As always, thanks so much for donating so much of your time and energy to us. The Center couldn’t be as successful as it is without your tremendous help! We look forward to another great year and doing this again next June!