Fall 2022 Krannert Dress Rehearsal registration open NOW, 8/26/22 through the day before each program

Fall 2022 Semester’s KDR schedule is listed below (registration is open for all students NOW); you must register and be confirmed to attend:

The Krannert Dress Rehearsal (KDR) programs provide an opportunity to hear context about a performance from a director or other expert, and then to experience the production. The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts is an educational and performing arts complex located at 500 South Goodwin Street in Urbana. Chancellor’s Scholars are only required to do one KDR in your time at UI, but you may go to more, for a maximum of one per semester.

Students may register for this Krannert Dress Rehearsal on the Events Calendar at https://calendars.illinois.edu/list/4956. You can register now! You must attend the talk and the performance to receive credit for the KDR. If the program is full when you go to register, please email chp@illinois.edu to be placed on a waitlist, and if there is a spot open, you will be notified by the day of the event. (Please sign up for only one KDR in a semester.)

1)            “October Dance” (dance performances)         Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Presenter and Choreographer Alfonso Cervera             Presenation: 6:30-7:15 p.m., Krannert Room                                                                                     Performance: begins at 7:30 p.m., Colwell Playhouse

October Dance 2022 features an evening of premieres coming from multiple international aesthetics choreographed by new faculty members Serouj Aprahamian, Alfonso Cervera, and Roxane D’Orleans Juste, graduate student Sojung Lim, and new Head of the Department of Dance Sara Hook. Serouj (“Midus”) Aprahamian, an internationally known hip hop artist, is performing a new solo. Alfonso Cervera, founder of Poc-Chuc Dance, is making a work for the first-year students in the Department of Dance based on his background in experimental dance, Ballet Folklorico, and Afro-LatinX social dances. D’Orleans Juste, who is Haitian-Canadian, offers a group work conjuring community in crisis and set to the famed Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings. Sojung Lim, who hails from Korea, is creating a dramatic solo for fellow MFA candidate Ricky de Jesus Valentin, who is from Puerto Rico. And Hook’s work Dick and Janes references the iconic American early reader series and is set to an original composition by Ralph Lewis (DMA alumnus of the School of Music) performed live by percussionist Mike Minarcek.

2)            “A Little Night Music” (Sondheim musical)   Monday, October 24, 2022
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim                   Presentation:  6:30 – 7:15 p.m., Krannert Room
Book by Hugh Wheeler                                          Performance: begins at 7:30 p.m., Tryon Festival Theatre
Dawn Harris, director
Julie Jordan Gunn, music director
Rebecca Nettl-Fiol, choreographer

Love entangles all the characters in Stephen Sondheim’s four-time Tony Award-winning A Little Night Music—love remembered, love unrequited, love still to be found. In this musical comedy of manners, both charming and wistful, surprises lie just around the corner, and a magical summer night offers new beginnings. Romance and longing are carried along on Sondheim’s lush score, which includes the masterpiece “Send in the Clowns.”

3)         “Urinetown: The Musical” (musical satire)      Wednesday, November 2, 2022
By Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis                              Presentation:  6:30 – 7:15 p.m., Krannert Room
Directors J.W. Morrisette and Lisa Gaye Dixon            Performance: begins at 7:30 p.m., Colwell Playhouse
Justin M. Brauer, music director
Joe Bowie and Lisa Dixon, choreographers

Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, and two Obie Awards, Urinetown is a hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics, and musical theatre itself! Hilariously funny and touchingly honest, Urinetown provides a fresh perspective on one of America’s greatest art forms.

In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides that he’s had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom! Contains adult content.


Scholar Adventurer Series (SAS) will be announced in the next week! There will be 14 programs to choose from, and they are September through November. Students may sign-up for as many SAS as they’d like in a semester, but please respond if *not* able to attend when sent confirmation a few days before each program.