This Week at Xavier: March 16- March 22
Sometime between the late 1500s and the early 1600s, William Shakespeare wrote the phrase, “All the world’s a stage,/ And all the men and women merely players.” A lot’s changed since then, but one aspect of life that’s remained is our love for any and all things theatrical. This week, the happenings at Xavier showcase today’s talent, yet they also harken back to times before. With a guest lecture about music in the 18th century, a rendition of a classic Shakespeare comedy and a talent competition, the future of Xavier’s performances looks bright.
Xavier’s Got Talent
Monday, March 18
8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
America’s got talent. Because of cable television, everyone knows that. But what you might not know is that Xavier’s got talent. And lots of it, too. Not convinced? Then join the crowd this week and watch XU’s finest take the stage for the ‘Xavier’s Got Talent’ competition. After two hours of intense performances, three judges will score the contestants for a grand prize of a $50 gift card. This event is free and open to the public.
Taming of the Shrew
Thursday, March 21- Sunday, March 24
Gallagher Student Theater
According to Dictionary.com, a shrew is a woman of violent speech and temper. In Elizabethan England (during Shakespeare’s time), men were considered weak if their wives publicly spoke their minds. Taming of the Shrew is Shakespeare’s take on marriage and traditional gender roles, and sheds light on the effects that social norms have on individual people. XU’s rendition of the comedy will run throughout the weekend, with tickets priced at $15 for adults and $7 for children, seniors and staff. For tickets, contact the Gallagher Student Center Box Office at 513-745-3939.
Musical and Historical Perspectives Lecture
Thursday, March 21
Edgecliff Hall Room 103
If iPods existed during the 1700s, what do you think Napoleon, George Washington or Benjamin Franklin would have uploaded to their playlists? No need to think too hard about that one, because Christopher Wilke, accomplished musician and guest lecturer, has the scoop. His recital/lecture, sponsored by Xavier Music and Theatre and the Xavier History Club, focuses on the changing social structure of the late 18th century and features music that the founding fathers and Napoleon might have been listening to. This event is free and open to the public.
*Feature image taken from of rjhuttondfw’s Flickr photostream.