At Zoellner this week (Feb 11-14)

Some great opportunities this week for fabulous arts experiences. Here’s a quick line up of what’s happening in the Zoellner Arts Center.


Thursday, February 11 at 7pm – free documentary film screening of “The Winding Stream.” Another moment of Zoellner’s “On Screen / In Person” series. Film maker Beth Harrington will be present for Q&A after. Please enjoy this brief trailer of the film:

BIL BIG BANDFriday, February 12 at 8pm – Lehigh University Jazz Faculty. Bill Warfield and the faculty jazz musicians return to the stage for an evening of jazz standards, called from the stage. These are master musicians offering their best work! Tickets are $15, and free to Lehigh students who present their IDs at the box office. For a hint of their music, here is a link to Bill Warfield’s ReverbNation page.

Larry Harlow

Saturday, February 13 at 8pm – Guest Artist, Larry Harlow and the Legends of Fania. The International Latin Music Hall of Famer reunites some of his Fania all-stars alongside new guard musicians for a high octane salsa concert, infused with infectious riffs & dance-party rhythms. There will be a dance floor and concessions available. General admission tickets are $25/$20/$13 (Details for price difference here)

Warm up your dance moves with a special curtain warmer with the Hector Rosado Quintet in the Black Box Theater.

MoonMouseSunday, February 14 at 1pm and 4pm – Two performances of Moon Mouse by Lightwire Theater. Marvin the mouse wants to be popular. Constantly picked on by the “cool” rats, he is labeled a geek. Marvin retreats into his science books and has the adventure of a lifetime. Great for children, this cosmic tale celebrates differences rare theatrical event of mime, acrobatics and mysterious frogs in a fun family friendly show! Great for children of all ages!

Tickets for 1pm here. Tickets for 4pm here. A special DaVinci Science center project inspired by the show and made by Broughal students will be on display before both performances.

Guest Artists, TAO: Seventeen Samurai

TAO: Seventeen Samurai
Family-friendly performance on Sunday, January 31 at 4pm at the Zoellner Arts Center
Tickets available here.


TAO: Seventeen Samurai showcases the Taiko drumming, precision, energy and stamina of athlete-drummers with “incomparable muscular zeal” (Chicago Tribune).  After years of intensive training at a mountainous compound in Japan, these performers, with their diverse backgrounds—one as a hard rock musician, another as a gymnast and another as a composer—have reached the highest level of virtuosity.  This show is part of Zoellner’s Family-Friendly series which features quality performances that are suitable for all ages for a fun family night out.  Tickets are $39/34.

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TAO started as a traditional Japanese drumming group over 15 years ago in Aichi, Japan.  After viewing an inspiring Cirque du Soleil performance, the group’s founding members decided to update the ancient art of wadaiko (Japanese drum) for modern audiences around the world.  A strict training regime is essential to be capable of the incredibly physical performances.  The troupe starts each day with a 20k run, followed by a few hours of muscle training, and at least two hours of basic drum training which involves continuous pounding of the taiko drum.

larry_pic2In conjunction with the performance, there is a free lecture and demonstration at 3 pm in the Goodman Lobby featuring Larry Stockton, a specialist in traditional Japanese music, specifically music of the Kabuki Theater, and percussion traditions from around the world.  He is a Lafayette College music professor and teaches courses in World Music Traditions, Jazz, East Asian Studies and various other courses.  He also directs the Percussion Ensemble and is active as a performer (percussion), conductor, and clinician, having performed and studied throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Japan, Korea, Ghana, and Indonesia. He has published numerous articles and conducted workshops and offered lectures on Japanese music and various world music traditions. He has produced and edited a four-volume set of concert band music for Toshiba-EMI, Ltd, The Masterpiece Series.

Performance Sponsor:
Ichiko and Joseph W. Long ’88 & Family
With support from LU Student Auxiliary Services

Prelude Sponsor: Youngs Advisory Group.

Connect with the artists on their:
Facebook Page
Twitter Feed

Audition Post – Gem of the Ocean

GemoftheOceanCoverLehigh University Department of Theatre announces open auditions for Gem of the Ocean by August Wilson. This production will be a rare opportunity to perform with two esteemed Theatre faculty and to be directed by the 2016 Artist in Residence, Akin Babatunde.

Auditions: Monday, February 1 – Tuesday February 2. Call Backs: Wednesday, February 3.

About the play

Pittsburgh, 1904. Aunt Ester, a 285-year-old former slave and fiery 285-year-old matriarch, welcomes into her Hill District home Solly Two Kings, who was born into slavery and scouted for the Union Army, and Citizen Barlow a young man from Alabama searching for a new life.


Aunt Ester – this role will be played by Professor Kashi Johnson.
Rutherford Selig – a traveling peddler who is a frequent visitor of the house.
Caesar Wilks – Black Mary’s brother and local constable.
Eli – Aunt Easter’s gatekeeper and longtime friend of Solly.
Citizen Barlow – A young man from Alabama who is in spiritual turmoil.
Black Mary – Aunt Ester’s protégé and housekeeper.
Solly Two Kings – this role will be played by Professor Darius Omar Williams.

How to Audition

Sign up for a time to audition on the sheet posted outside the theatre office, room 301 in Zoellner (#rd floor, north side). Auditions will consists of reading from the script and perhaps some improvisation.

Perusal copies of the script may be requested by contacting Deb Laub.

Students cast are eligible to enroll in THTR 35 Performance (2.0 credits)

About the director, the Theodore U. Horger ’61 Artist-in-Residence for the Performing and Visual Arts, Akin Babatundé

Akin Babatundé is an internationally recognized award winning African American director, actor, writer, teacher and coach whose artistic career spans well over forty years in the theatre industry. Babatundé’s directing credits include Gem of the Ocean, The Piano Lesson, Manchild in the Promised Land, From the Mississippi, and Fences. A winner of the AUDELCO Award for Best Director of a Musical, Babatundé has been a resident company member of prestigious theatrical institutions throughout the country. As an actor, Akin Babatundé has appeared on major network television drams, including the two-part season premier of Law & Order: Criminal Intent in 2010. Babatundé’s off-Broadway bio-musical, Blind Lemon Blues, was nominated in four categories for the 2010 New York AUDELCO Awards for Excellence in Black Theater. The play received nominations for Best Director, Best Choreographer, Best Ensemble and Best Musical Production.

Spring Semester 2016 PREVIEW at Zoellner Arts Center

Listed chronologically, the performing arts events of Spring 2016 to consider for course connections, or cultural exploration. Each event or production is linked to page with program information and performance details. Future posts will provide background reading or music review lists for each.

Please note:

  1. Those with * are free and open to the public
  2. Those with ^ are free to LU students with ID
  3. Dept. of Theatre offers “pay what you will” for the Wednesday show during their production.
  4. We can work with faculty or program directors on tickets for group sales.

January 23 M-PACT (on-stage seating, 2 shows)

January 31 TAO: Seventeen Samuriai

February 6 Billy Childs: Map to the Treasure-Reimagining Laura Nyro

*February 11 Documentary Film: The Winding Stream

^February 12 LU Jazz Faculty

February 13 Larry Harlow & The Latin Legends of Fania

February 14 (1 & 4pm)Moon Mouse: Lightwire Theater

February 16 (4:30) and 19 (7:30) Raphael Xavier: The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance

February 20 NY Jazz Repertory Orchestra

February 21 Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra – All Tchaikovsky

February 26 – March 5 Department of Theatre: boom 

^February 26 & 27 LU Philharmonic Concerto Marathon

^March 4 The Branderson Duo

March 5 Avner the Eccentric: Exceptions to Gravity (1PM Sensory-Friendly & 4PM)

^March 6 East Winds Quintet: Celebrating Creative Lehigh

*March 8 Documentary Film: Rebel

March 10 STOMP

March 19 Moscow Festival Ballet: Giselle

^March 20 Michael Jorgensen Violin Recital: A Classical Romance

*March 23 Notations: Jennifer Whitaker

*April 1-2 LU Choir, Dolce & Glee Club: If Music Be the Food of Love

April 3 Mnozil Brass: Yes, Yes, Yes

*April 5 Notations: Dennis Lehane

April 8-16 Department of Theatre: Gem of the Ocean

*April 14-15 Notations: Michael Milligan – Side Effects

^April 16 LU Jazz Repertory Orchestra and Nicole Henry

*April 19 Documentary Film: Deaf Jam

^April 23 LU Jazz Ensemble, Funk Band and Combo

April 24 Compagne Finzi Pasca: La Veritá

^April 29-30 LU Philharmonic: Dramaville

^May 1 LU Wind Ensemble: From the Past to the Future

^May 6-7 LU Choral Arts: Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem

May 8 Bullets Over Broadway

Auditions for boom



by Peter Nachtrieb

directed by Augustine Ripa

OPEN CALL Tuesday, January 26th

Callbacks Wednesday, January 27th

Performs February 26 thru March 5, 2016


“Sex to Change the Course of the World”—Comedy that celebrates the resilience of life against all odds!

A grad student’s online personal ad lures a mysterious journalism student to his subterranean research lab under the pretense of a weekend of “no strings attached” sex. But when a major global catastrophic event strikes the planet, their date takes on evolutionary significance and the fate of humanity hangs in the balance. And who is that woman at the controls in this wacky museum?


Barbara museum operator, played by man or woman—wacky-good

Jules (male) slightly nerdy grad student—wants to save the world

Jo (female) looking for meaning in life; a journalism undergrad—sassy


SIGN UP for a time to audition on the sheet posted the theatre office, 301 Zoellner. Auditions will consist of reading from the script and perhaps some improvisation. Perusal copies of the script may be requested from or

Students cast are eligible to enroll in Theatre 35, Performance (2 credits).

QUESTIONS?—NEED MORE INFORMATION?…Ask the director, Gus… Augustine Ripa, Office 303, Zoellner. Extension 84595.

For inquiring minds like the author, here are some other links to dig into the background of the play a bit more. Perhaps a bit of exploring might inspire a leap into a new experience if one has not yet considered auditions with the Lehigh University Department of Theatre. Add more links in the comments if you’d like to contribute to the greater good.

Wikipedia entry for “Boom (play)” – please note, the correct title is boom (small ‘b’)

NYTimes Theater Review of the 2008 Ars Nova production

Link to entry on playwright’s (Peter Nachtrieb) website. Includes a link to 20 page preview of script.