Jan. 19, 2010/ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
UNCSA ASSOCIATES TO PRESENT A “BEHIND-THE-SCENES” LOOK AT UPCOMING PRODUCTION OF TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, A ROCK MUSICAL
WINSTON-SALEM – The Associates of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) will present a behind-the-scenes look at the school’s upcoming production of Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Rock Musical, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010, in the Proscenium Thrust Theatre of Performance Place on the UNCSA campus, 1533 South Main St., Winston-Salem. Admission is free to the behind-the-scenes event, but patrons should RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 336-631-1227 to reserve a seat.
The upcoming production is described as a “rollicking, unorthodox rock musical adaptation” of Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona. It features a musical score by Grammy- and Tony-winning composer Galt MacDermot, the composer of Hair.
The behind-the-scenes event will feature School of Drama Dean Gerald Freedman and Director Matt Cowart, as well as select scenes from the production.
Dean Freedman – who made theatre history with his Off-Broadway premiere of the landmark rock musical Hair, which opened the Public Theatre in 1967 – will discuss the rise of the rock musical on the New York theatre scene in the 1960s and ‘70s.
Director Cowart, who graduated from the UNCSA School of Drama in 2004, will discuss his concept for Two Gentlemen of Verona, along with the production’s student designers from the School of Design and Production.
Select scenes from the production will feature members of the School of Drama graduating class of 2010 (Studio IV).
An informal reception will follow in the Performance Place lobby.
The behind-the-scenes event is coordinated by The Associates, UNCSA’s volunteer organization, and assisted by the School of Drama and the School of Design and Production at UNCSA.
Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Rock Musical, will be performed at 8 p.m. Feb. 18-20 and 24-27, and at 2 p.m. Feb. 21 and 27, at the Thrust Theatre in Performance Place. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors and may be purchased at the UNCSA Box Office, 336-721-1945, or online at http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?organ_val=21800&schedule=list.
The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of the Arts”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from middle school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. Internationally renowned conductor John Mauceri has been chancellor of UNCSA since 2006. UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.