Midland University Performing Arts Announces 2019-20 Season

Midland University Performing Arts is pleased to announce the lineup of their upcoming season. Lead by the Director of Performing Arts, Anne Sorensen-Wang, the 2019-20 season will include theatre, vocal, instrumental, and dance performances.

The fall season is set to open with the historical play, “Radium Girls.” Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a luminous watch dial painter, as she fights for her day in court.

For the first time, the Midland University Performing Arts staff will present a staff recital featuring performances from faculty and staff.

In November, Midland will present the annual “A Cappella Honor Choir.” Formerly known as “Gospel Honors Choir,” this concert is comprised of singers from Nebraska high schools and Midland choral students singing, “A Cappella through the Ages.”

The musical theatre version of the 2001 film, “Legally Blonde,” will be presented as this year’s fall musical. Leading this spunky and energetic performance will be Dan P. Hays, Midland University Director of Theatre, with choreography by Katie Speicher, Midland University Director of Dance.

Closing the fall semester will be Midland Performing Arts’ annual collaborative concert, “Colors of Christmas,” featuring all university ensembles including; band, choir, dance, a cappella choirs, as well as the Fremont Pathfinders Chorus.

Produced in partnership with the Fremont-Midland Entertainment Series (FMES), the 2020 spring season will open with the cult musical, “Working.” Based on a series of real-life interviews, Working, presents a song cycle, creatively told by an ensemble of actors, that reflects on the American worker experience.

In March, the hysterical farce, “Noises Off,” will take over the theatre stage. Recognized as “the funniest farce ever written,” Noises Off presents a manic menagerie of actors rehearsing a flop. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play.

Following, the Midland University Band will perform a joint concert with the Omaha Symphonic Winds.

The Midland Theatre Department concludes their portion of the season with the student-directed musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone.” With the house lights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life, and The Drowsy Chaperone bounces into his reality.

The nationally renowned Midland University Dance Department will feature the 2020 student-choreographed dance ensembles in the annual “Dance Showcase.”

The season concludes with the “Spring Music Concert” featuring the Midland University Choir and Band.

Other performances including Jazz Band Concerts, A Cappella Concerts, students recitals, and one-act plays will also be featured throughout the season.

Specific dates can be found on www.midlandperformingarts.org. Tickets to all performances can be purchased at www.midlandu.edu/tickets or by calling 402-941-6399.

Founded in 1883, Midland University is a liberal arts college providing relevant opportunities in more than 30 academic areas, four graduate programs, and a variety of professional studies programs to students at both their Fremont and Omaha locations. Recently recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education as the 9th fastest-growing private, nonprofit baccalaureate institution in the country, Midland takes a modern approach to liberal arts education. Their innovative approach of working from the marketplace back provides students with the relevant skills to lead in the world with purpose.