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8th September 2009
Community
   
 

Auditions for Las Meninas
Auditions for Las Meninas, a play by Lynn Nottage, directed by Ellen W. Kaplan. This hilarious and heart-wrenching play is about a romance between Louis XIV’s Queen, Marie-Therese and Nabo Sensugali, an African dwarf sent as a gift for her royal amusement. Callbacks are on Sept. 13 from 7-10 p.m. Auditions are open to all Five College students and to the general public. For more information visit www.smith.edu/theatre.

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Auditions: Mrs. California
Auditions will be held for Mrs. California, by Doris Baizley, directed by Sam Rush. This crowd-pleasing comedy pokes fun at “Homemakers’contests” popular in the post World War II 1950s. The scene is 1955, at a Los Angeles hotel, where the four finalists for the Mrs. California pageant vie for the state title of ‘ideal woman.’ Callbacks are on Sept. 13 from 7-10 p.m. (Sunday). Auditions are open to all Five College students and to the general public. For more details see www.smith.edu/theatre.

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Conference/Symposium
   
 

Postbaccalaureate Pre-Health Program Orientation
Postbaccalaureate Pre-Health Program Orientation

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Exhibitions
   
 

Framework V: Restoring the Boundaries
“Framework V showcases the results of the ongoing work by museum staff and students to conserve frames for the Smith College Museum of Art’s painting collection. In this apprenticeship program, now in its fifth year, Smith College and other Five-College students are trained by Chief Preparator William Myers and Associate Director David Dempsey in the techniques of frame conservation. The featured frame in this installation was created in the appropriate Pre-Raphaelite style for Meditation (1873), a portrait by John Everett Millais and a recent gift to the collection. Through Nov. 1.For more information about this exhibition, museum hours, and other museum informatin, see: www.smith.edu/artmuseum/.

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I Heard a Voice: The Art of Lesley Dill
This exhibition of close to 35 works by Smith alumna Lesley Dill (American, 1950-) will focus on her recent large-scale theatrical sculptural installations. For the last 20 years, Dill has consistently explored the human form, sensory experience, language, and their interactions. Her work can be both ephemeral and spiritual, as she uses bronze, photography, poetry, thread, wire, and paper to sculpt figures and build tapestries. Her pieces give visual form to poetic texts by Emily Dickinson, Salvador Espriu, and Franz Kafka. For Dill, words are her “spiritual armor, and she freely stitches and weaves them across the surfaces of her multi-layered works. Dill will offer a gallery talk on Sept. 11 at the museum. The exhibition ends September 13.For more information on this exhibition, museum hours and other museum information, see: www.smith.edu/artmuseum/.

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William Kentridge: What Will Come
This installation features the debut of an important new addition to the SCMA collection, “What Will Come” (2006), a major film by the South African artist William Kentridge. One of the most innovative aspects of Kentridge’s work is his hand-drawn films. “What Will Come” takes its title from a Ghanaian proverb: “What will come has already come," a sentiment reflected in the imagery of the film, which speaks to the range of conflicts that have marked modern human history. This work also displays Kentridge’s keen interest in optics. The film is projected from the ceiling onto a round metal table which bears a polished circular column in its center. The images are reflected on the surface of the column, which corrects the perspective of the drawing for the viewer. The images circumnavigate this column, changing form as they move to a haunting musical track. Through Dec. 31. For more information abou this exhibition, museum hours and other museum information, see www.smith.edu/artmuseum/.

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Kindergarten Artwork
Students in EDC 231, Foundations and Issues of Early Childhood Education, taught by Susan Etheredge, explored how young children think and learn. They examined the teaching/learning relationship in the early childhood classroom using the Lyman Conservatory as a laboratory. In the investigation of leaves and bulbs, students used inquiry-based teaching with kindergarteners of the Campus School. Together they engaged in a collaborative inquiry through observing, collecting data, sketching, photographing, generating metaphoric language, and learning scientific language to describe the leaves, reading and writing poetry, keeping journals and notebooks, and contributing to a small exhibition at the Plant House on their inquiry and study. Through October 9, 2009.

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Botanical Architecture: ARS285 Student Projects
Students in Smith College's Introduction to Architecture: Language and Craft studio (ARS285), taught by Jim Middlebrook, were asked to reinterpret the spatial language of flowers. Each student chose a flower from the Botanic Garden. She photographed this flower and analyzed its spatial character in terms of certain organizational principles. The student built a model to abstractly re-present the flower according to this visual ?language.? Finally, these forms were appropriated by the student in the design of a theoretical pavilion for the display of flowers next to Paradise Pond. On display in the Church Exhibition Gallery are the photos, models, and pavilion designs. More information is online: http://www.smith.edu/gardens/exhibits/exhibitions.html

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Theater
   
 

"The Mistakes Madeline Made" Auditions
"The Mistakes Madeline Made," written by Elizabeth Meriwether and directed by Peter Lobdell, is Sarah Skeist’s senior project in acting. She will play the role of Edna. There are additional roles for one woman and three men. "The Mistakes Madeline Made" is an existential comedy about survivor guilt. The play also examines ways we attract and repulse each other in our daily lives.
Auditions are Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 8 and 9, at 7 p.m., with callbacks on Thursday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. in Studio 2 of Webster Hall. Perusal scripts and sign-up sheets are posted outside the Theater and Dance Office, Webster G27. No preparation is necessary. You will be asked to read from the script and to engage in some exercises.
Performances will be Dec. 3-5 at 8 p.m. in Kirby Theater.

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"Midsummer" Auditions
"Midsummer" is an exploration in speaking Shakespeare’s language that uses text from "A Midsummer Night’s Dream." The ensemble will explore the relationships among the four young lovers and their relationship to the fairy world and its magic. Throughout the process, the ensemble will seek to discover--and begin to answer--questions concerning agency, gender and the nature of love. Through this open process of investigation, a final product should emerge that establishes strong connections between performer, text and audience.
We will be working with text from Shakespeare’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," but no preparation is necessary. Rehearsals begin Sept. 14. There are roles for three to five men and three to five women.
Auditions are Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 8 and 9, at 7 p.m., with callbacks on Thursday, Sept. 10, at 6 p.m. in Studio 3 of Webster Hall. Perusal scripts and sign-up sheets are posted outside the Theater and Dance Office, Webster G27.
Performances will be Nov. 12-14 at 8 p.m. in Holden Theater.

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