The last place I looked

Visible Seams

Visible Seams photo by Erica Bondarev

It happened.

Grad school happened.

Just like that.

If, of course, by “just like that” you mean like pushing a huge boulder up a monstrous mountain by leaning against it and trudging up the trail backwards so that you can never really see where you’re going and are never quite sure if and when you’ll reach the top.

You had no idea how much you needed everything that came before and you have no idea what will come next.

A Classic Comedy With A Batty Twist

This blog post is by Emily Schweich, a sophomore Broadcast Journalism major.

For college students looking for their first taste of opera, Die Fledermaus has it all. 

Die Fledermaus is a classic comedy, filled with mistaken and hidden identities, lovable pranksters and lots and lots of champagne.  With German arias and spoken dialogue in English, it’s quick, witty and engaging for the audience.

Katie Baughman was a standout as Adele, Eisenstein’s chambermaid, who sneaks off to the party and pretends to be a distinguished lady. In “Mein Herr Marquis, ein Mann wie Sie,” she runs into Eisenstein at the party and mocks him for thinking she is his chambermaid. Her voice is agile, resonant and sparkly, perfect for Strauss.

Somi Makes an Impact

This post is by Lisa Driscoll, a Junior Vocal Performance and Broadcast Journalism double major. You can read more of her writing on her blog.



The clink of wine glasses and choruses of muffled chatter echoed throughout the Kogod Theatre as audience members mingled. Multi-colored lights revealed a stage bedecked with instruments and a single microphone waited patiently, front and center.

All the clinking and chattering was stifled when Somi began to sing into that microphone, filling the room with the richness of her voice.

As a music major and vocalist, I walked away from the performance feeling inspired to allow experiences to be more of the lifeline for the music I perform.

Organic and collaborative: UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies presents Spring Awakening

This blog post is by Emily Schweich, a sophomore Broadcast Journalism major.

Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening photo by Blinkofaneye/BrightestYoungThings


Spring Awakening proves that the tumultuous experience of adolescence transcends place and time. Based on a 19th century play by Frank Wedekind, the rock musical follows a group of adolescents in a provincial village, balancing angst with optimism, and naiveté with curiosity, struggling to reconcile society’s agenda with nature’s desires. The UMD School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies’ production, directed by five-time Tony Award-winner Brian MacDevitt and acclaimed choreographers Sara Pearson and Patrik Widrig, explores this dichotomy between institution and nature.

Dressed in neutral-colored, flowing, loose dresses and tunics, their hair swept up into disheveled hairstyles, the Elementals were more than conventional backup dancers; they told the undercurrents of the story.

At the Intersection of Twitter and Art

This blog post is by Emily Schweich, a sophomore Broadcast Journalism major.

Photo courtesy of Erica Bondarev

On January 31, I was selected to participate in a unique arts engagement initiative here at the Clarice Smith Center – live-tweeting the world premiere of David Roussève/REALITY’s Stardust.

Art and Twitter form a curious blend of the nostalgic and millennial, the very blend that Roussève cultivates in Stardust.

A Casual Collaboration of Legends

This blog post is by Emily Schweich, a sophomore Broadcast Journalism major.

Bobby McFerrin and Chick Corea

Left: Bobby McFerrin photo by Carol Friedman; Right: Chick Corea photo courtesy of Chick Corea Productions

The lights dimmed, and I settled into my seat – front and center in the Dekelboum Concert Hall. Executive director Marty Wollesen took the stage to welcome guests to the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. A curly-haired man in jeans and a hooded jacket walked down the aisle next to me. He’s late, I thought. Who would be late to a big-name concert like this? A second glance — He looks like Chick Corea. The man crossed in front of the stage and casually took a seat at the piano next to Bobby McFerrin. Wait. He IS Chick Corea.

Musicians this virtuosic don’t need to put on a show to engage an audience. When done right, the music speaks for itself.

Three women, three centuries, three continents, one room

This blog post is by Emily Schweich, a sophomore Broadcast Journalism major.

The Waiting Room

The Waiting Room photo by Dylan Singleton

Forgiveness from Heaven, an 18th-century Chinese woman, suffers after years of foot binding. Victoria, from 19th-century England, has hysteria. Contemporary Jersey girl Wanda has trouble with her silicone breasts. They all come together in a modern doctor’s waiting room.

Lisa Loomer’s 1994 play The Waiting Room takes place in “the past, and the present, and often both at once. New York City, England and China.” This transcendence of time and space creates a formidable challenge for set designers – how can they create a believable, authentic and versatile design?

Cohen said he hoped the set would highlight the play’s juxtaposition of the clinical and the beautiful.

Choreographers’ Showcase highlights work of emerging local choreographers

This blog post is by Emily Schweich, a sophomore Broadcast Journalism major.

Stephanie Miracle

Stephanie Miracle photo by Steven Schreiber

Seven choreographers – showcasing many styles of dance -- will present their work this Saturday at the 31st Annual Choreographers’ Showcase in collaboration with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. The showcase features solos, duets and small ensembles.

This year, five of the seven choreographers selected are current students or alums from the University of Maryland School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS). I spoke with one choreographer, third-year MFA Dance student Stephanie Miracle, about the inspiration for her work and how the showcase is important to her.

A Timeless Message of Peace: Reflections on Benjamin Britten's War Requiem

This blog post is by Emily Schweich, a sophomore Broadcast Journalism major.

UMD Concert Choir and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Photo by Bill Hulseman

As a member of the UMD Concert Choir, I had the wonderful opportunity to celebrate Benjamin Britten’s centennial with a performance of his War Requiem with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Peabody Children’s Chorus. Two and a half months of long rehearsals culminated in two performances at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and one at the Music Center at Strathmore. I knew that this would be the apex of my musical career so far, but I had no idea how valuable this experience would be.

Performing the War Requiem the week of Veterans Day made me realize the work’s universality; Britten’s message of peace is especially resonant today.


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