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2015 Student Spotlight Schedule

In addition to the more than 50 events sponsored by the UGA Arts Council and its members during the 2015 Spotlight on the Arts festival, nearly two dozen events have been organized and produced by students, including a day filled with arts performances at Tate Plaza.

This year’s all-day Student Spotlight Main Event on Nov. 5 will include dance, drama, improv acts and music performances ranging from a percussion trio to a jazz quintet and an a cappella group of ecology students. The Hodgson Wind Ensemble will appear for the second consecutive year for a session allowing passing students to take the baton and “Conduct us!”

The day will end with the second annual “4 minutes, 33 seconds: Spotlight on Scholarship” competition, where graduate students in the arts will have a chance to share their research with the community. The competition is inspired by John Cage’s 1952 composition 4’33,” which challenged audiences to reconsider the relationship between artistic practice and philosophy. Students will have four minutes, 33 seconds to explain their research, and two prizes of $433 will be awarded during the competition, fittingly scheduled for 4:33 p.m. on Nov. 5 in the Balcony Theatre at the Fine Arts Building.

UGA students also plan to shine a spotlight on the arts for tailgaters prior to the UGA vs. Kentucky football game Nov. 7, when the Graduate Theatrical Ensemble will deliver a family-friendly, improvisational theatrical experience at locations across campus.

Anna Pieri, a graduate student pursuing a master of fine arts degree in acting from the department of theatre and film students who is coordinating the Student Spotlight events, considers the events a chance to share rewarding experiences with fellow UGA students as well as the community.

"Life doesn't exist in a vacuum, so a holistic university experience depends on broadening our awareness of others,” Pieri said. “The Arts at UGA give every student, faculty member and employee on campus, as well as the community of Athens, the chance to tell their story, to hear and appreciate the stories of others and to go forth and share those stories with the world.

“We hear daily about the positive, scientific benefits that the arts have on education and brain function, but it is in attending gatherings of creative people, such as at Spotlight on the Arts, that we feel the catharsis and sustenance the arts provide," she added.

The complete Student Spotlight schedule is below and available at http://arts.uga.edu/2015-student-spotlight-schedule.

Thurs. Nov. 5

Student Spotlight Main Event
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tate Plaza

  • 10 a.m.  Children’s Theatre Troupe
    The actors of the Children’s Theatre Troup will perform “Robin Hood.”
  • 11 a.m.  Lineage Percussion Trio
    Join UGA's premiere percussion trio, Lineage Percussion, as they present a thrilling performance utilizing over a dozen different instruments, including everything from bass drums to cymbals to a dining room table.
  • 11:30 a.m.  Ecotones
    UGA’s ecologically friendly a cappella group will perform selections.
  • 11:45 a.m.   Next Act & Black Theatrical Ensemble
    Next Act Musical Theatre Troupe will perform a selection from the musical “The Rocky Horror Show;” The Black Theatrical Ensemble will perform monologues.
  • 12 p.m.  Hodgson Wind Ensemble: Conduct Us!
    Attendees have the opportunity to conduct the acclaimed Hodgson Wind Ensemble.
  • 1 p.m.   UGA Accidentals
  • 1:15 p.m.  Improv Athens
    Improv Athens is an improvisational comedy group based out of UGA that holds shows, open rehearsals, competes and is nationally ranked. The group will be performing improv, ranging from short-form “Whose-Line-Is-It-Anyway”-type games to long-form improv comedy scenes.
  • 1:45 p.m.  Thalian Blackfriars
    The Thalian Blackfriars is UGA’s oldest theatrical society, with its history dating back to 1893.
  • 2 p.m.   Stillpoint
    Members from the student literary publication Stillpoint will read selections aloud.
  • 2:30 p.m.  Graduate Acting Ensemble
    Come see this band of professional actors perform Shakespeare, a devised theatre piece and modern dance.
  • 3 p.m.   UGA Ballet Ensemble
    The Ballet Ensemble will perform a selection from “Sleeping Beauty”, and a variation from “Giselle.” Additionally, they will perform Perceptions, a contemporary ballet piece choreographed by the 2014-2015 members of the Ballet Ensemble.
  • 3:30 p.m.  Quinpuso
    Quinpuso is a jazz quintet made up of music students at UGA looking for opportunities in jazz of all categories
  • 4:33 p.m.   4 minutes, 33 seconds: Spotlight on Scholarship
    The event, which will award two prizes of $433 each, will showcase the scholarship and research in the arts conducted by graduate students at UGA. Graduate students have 4 minutes and 33 seconds to describe their research and can use up to 33 visual aid slides to help explain the topic.

Sat. Nov. 7
Game Day Spotlight
Time TBD, Location TBD
Members of the Graduate Acting Ensemble will appear at various tailgate locations to deliver an improvisational theatrical experience to delight the entire family.

Mon. Nov. 9
KgMN DJ set
6 p.m., Snelling Dining Hall
KgMN takes you on an aural journey, with a soulful set of music that blends DJing and live instrumentation. Expect to hear a blend of sounds; from jazzy hip hop and house, to reggae, salsa and Brazilian music.

Thalian Blackfriars present "Middletown" by Will Eno
7 p.m., Cellar Theatre, Fine Arts Building
Written by Will Eno and directed by Bryce Benson, Middletown is a deeply moving and funny new play that explores the universe of a small American town. As a friendship develops between longtime resident John Dodge and new arrival Mary Swanson, the lives of the inhabitants of Middletown intersect in strange and poignant ways in a journey that takes them from the local library to outer space and points between.

Tues. Nov. 10

WUOG DJ Performances
6-8 p.m., Snelling Dining Hall
DJs from student station WUOG will perform sets at Snelling Dining Hall.

Thalian Blackfriars present "Middletown" by Will Eno
7 p.m., Cellar Theatre, Fine Arts Building
See Monday, Nov. 9 for description.

Wed. Nov. 11
KgMN DJ set

6 p.m., The Intersection at Tate
See Monday, Nov. 9 for description.

Thurs. Nov. 12
“Rocky Horror Picture Show” Live
8 p.m., Tate Student Center Theatre
Audiences will “do the time warp” as a troupe of student actors performs scenes from the 1975 cult classic film as the movie plays on the screen behind them. The show is produced, directed and performed exclusively by students. Admission is $3 for students with valid UGACards who pay activity fees on the Athens campus and $5 for non-students. Sponsored by the University Union Student Programming Board.

Friday. Nov. 13
“Rocky Horror Picture Show” Live
8 p.m., Tate Student Center Theatre
See listing on Thursday, Nov. 12 for details

Sat. Nov. 14
“Rocky Horror Picture Show” Live
8 p.m., Tate Student Center Theatre
See listing on Thursday, Nov. 12 for details

About Spotlight on the Arts
Presented by the UGA Arts Council, the fourth-annual Spotlight on the Arts festival features dozens of events in the visual, literary and performing arts. The 10-day festival, scheduled for Nov. 5-14, includes museum tours, discussions with writers and concerts. The festival kicks off with an Opening Celebration, set for 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Performing Arts Center, featuring a sampler of student, music, dance, dramatic and literary performances with an after-party at the Lamar Dodd School of Art.

Highlights of the festival include a University Theatre production of “As You Like It,” a UGA Opera Theatre performance of “The Merry Widow,” a Shakespeare symposium and guest performances by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and The King’s Singers. The Student Spotlight Main Event will be held Nov. 5 at Tate Plaza, followed by the second-annual 4 minutes, 33 seconds competition highlighting the arts research and scholarship of graduate students. For the complete schedule, go to www.arts.uga.edu. You also can follow the Arts at UGA on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/UGAarts), Twitter (https://twitter.com/UGA_Arts) or Instagram (https://instagram.com/uga_arts).