TIP OF THE WEEK: 2017-18 MET Opera Pronunciations






As you have seen in our listing for October, the 2017-18 MET Opera season begins soon! To get ready for it, here are the pronunciations of the titles so you can go in as an opera aficionado!

10/7/17            Norma (well that’s just pronounced: Norma!)

10/14/17          Die Zauberflote—Dee- TZOWBER-floo-tah (also known as The Magic Flute)

12/02/17          The Exterminating Angel (you guys got this!)

1/27/18            Tosca—Toh-ska

2/10/18            L’elisir d’amore— lell-Ee-sear dah-MORE

2/24/18            La Boheme—La bow-EM

3/10/18            Semiramide— semi-ra-me-day

4/7/18              Cosi Fan Tutte— co-see fahn TOO-te

4/14/18            Luisa Miller– Lou-ee-sah Miller

4/28/18            Cendrillon– sen-dree-on (Cinderella)

I feel smarter just by reading these.


VOLUNTEER HIGHLIGHT: Usher Tom has a new play!

Our resident usher playwright Tom Noe is having a reading next week! Here is the info:


On September 22 and 23, Friday and Saturday, Acting Ensemble in downtown South Bend will present staged readings of House of Pardon by playwright Tom Noe (www.tomnoe.net). The readings start at 7:30, and a time for comments will follow each performance. In the play, a young man is running a Catholic Worker house to serve former prison inmates and the poor. He receives a large inheritance and uses the money for his ministry, but he doesn’t tell his sister about her share of the money because she’s a compulsive gambler and he doesn’t want her to be tempted. Then she finds out about the money. Ticket reservations are $8 on the Acting Ensemble website (www.ActingEnsemble.com).

TIP OF THE WEEK: Cinema Keys!

Hello all, just a reminder that if you take one of the cinema keys to open the Usher Locker Room during a cinema shift, please hang the key back up in the Projection Booth or give the key to the Student Usher. Sometimes the keys are left in the Usher Locker Room and we definitely want them accounted for. The best way to do this is to make sure they are always in the Projection Booth by the end of the night. Thanks!



Hello all, you may have noticed that Rhinoceros will be in the Philbin at the end of the month. You may ask, “What is Rhinoceros?” and “Isn’t that dangerous?” Well let’s find out!

Here is FTT’s official press release on their 2017-18 season. Many great shows to look forward to:



Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) announces four productions for its 2017/18 theatre season, with two comedies, including the beloved The Importance of Being Earnest; an absurdist classic relevant to the current political climate; and Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening.

Kicking off the season will be ND Theatre NOW! (September 28 – October 8), a slot in the mainstage season which annually features a production realized entirely by student artists.  This year, FTT presents Eugène Ionesco’s absurdist classic Rhinoceros, directed by FTT senior Abbey Schnell. A rhinoceros suddenly appears in the streets. Then another. One by one, townspeople succumb to an epidemic that transforms them into rhinos, until only one resists. Inspired by the rise of European fascism in the 1940s, Ionesco’s exploration of conformity and resistance remains uncomfortably relevant in 2017.

Later in the fall, FTT revisits one of the theatre’s most enduring comedies, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest (November 8-12). In Wilde’s “trivial comedy for serious people,” both ladies and gentlemen concoct elaborate fictions in order to evade the burdensome conventions of polite society – and hilarity ensues. FTT welcomes alumnus Mark Seamon (’98) as guest director.

The spring semester kicks off with Karen Zacarías’s good-natured comedy Native Gardens (February 22 – March 4), directed by FTT Director of Theatre Kevin Dreyer. When Pablo and Tania buy a house in an historic Washington, D.C. neighborhood, they’re welcomed warmly by next door neighbors Frank and Virginia. But soon the couples are embroiled in a dispute over their backyard property line that threatens to uproot Frank’s meticulously cultivated garden and forces both sides to confront deeply ingrained notions of race, class, and privilege.

The season will culminate in April with the Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening (April 18-22).  Based on the 1891 play by German playwright Frank Wedekind, the musical features book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik. It won 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, in 2007.  Pulsing with adolescent angst and repressed sexuality, this R-rated production will be directed by Matt Hawkins, who joins the FTT faculty this fall. A musical theatre specialist and professional fight choreographer, Hawkins will lead the department’s efforts to develop a new focus in musical theatre.

“Programming our season is always a challenge,” says FTT Director of Theatre, Kevin Dreyer, “because we’re striving to meet the artistic and academic needs of our students while representing a diversity of voices and creating an exciting season for our audiences. This year we were able to program several plays originally proposed by our students. We’re very pleased to offer them this season.”

FTT’s 2017/18 Theatre Season Schedule

ND Theatre NOW:  Rhinoceros 
By Eugène Ionesco. Translated by Derek Prouse.

September 28 – October 8, 2017 in the Philbin Studio Theatre

No one believes they’ll turn into a rhinoceros…until they do.


The Importance of Being Earnest

By Oscar Wilde

November 8-12, 2017 in the Patricia George Decio Theatre


A trivial comedy for serious people.


Native Gardens

By Karen Zacarías

February 22 – March 4, 2018 in the Philbin Studio Theatre


Good fences make good neighbors…or do they?  A good-natured comedy about a backyard border wall.


Spring Awakening

Book and lyrics by Steven Sater, music by Duncan Sheik
Based on the play by Frank Wedekind

April 18-22, 2018 in the Patricia George Decio Theatre


A musical explosion of adolescent angst and repressed sexuality. (Mature audiences)

TIP OF THE WEEK: Usher Dress!

As we are getting into the new semester and the relaxing summer is over, just a reminder that we’re back to regular usher attire for all of our events. White button down dress shirt or blouse, solid black slacks, and closed-toed black dress shoes. Please no sandals, sneakers, or Crocs!

Add to that the vest and we’ll all be looking sharp!

(Also a reminder, no top hats even if you’re ushering the screening of Top Hat!)

TIP OF THE WEEK: Student Price Ticket Voucher Update

As we are expecting possible sell outs for Patti Lupone and Itzhak Perlman, these two shows are 2017-18 Blackout Dates for perks. They will not be available at the student ticket price for volunteers and all DPAC staff are not getting these shows as a perk either. Though note that this may change based on availability, as we near the performance date.

We will hand out the Student Price Ticket Vouchers as normal, but it will have these two shows as exceptions. To compensate for this, we are working with the Ticket Office on a system to offer Presenting Series deals throughout the year. We’ll let you know when these deals are in effect. Thanks!