As I gaze out my office window I see, fittingly, lovely orange plastic temporary fencing separating a small construction area on the Joe Johnson and John Ward Pedestrian Mall on the campus of the University of Tennesssee. (A portion of it is even nicely framed by the now empty show poster holder on the plaza outside the Clarence Brown Theatre…)
Rumor has it that a statue of some sort is to be erected there, at the center focal point of the Pedestrian Mall (or where the ”A&A” leg of the Mall joins the “Andy Holt Avenue” portion of the Mall to make a “Power T”). A circle of paving stones has been removed to provide for the statuary base, possibly with a rumored circle of flowers, to break up the monotony of the straight Andy Holt Avenue leg and make it less convenient for walkers.
Actually, in addition to the circle, there is a little rectangular “key” that juts out from the circle, oriented roughly to the East (to spark conspiracy theories), or perhaps aimed at the McClung Tower, Humanities Building, or, probably, toward Neyland Stadium.
As I understand the “metal” statue has been completed, and I did not sit for it, someone else must have been honored. Not sure if it is Dr. Johnson or John Ward, or if it’s perhaps Dolly Parton, Layla Kiffin, Manny Ramirez, Oprah, or Nick Bonacker, or perhaps another? Do you know??? I have heard that the statue was donated, so it’s All Good.
The place is buzzing with anticipation.
June Adamson has passed away.
Ms. Adamson was a longtime faculty member in the School of Journalism at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville — I met her in class! I was a Broadcasting major and not really that interested in the (newspaper oriented) News Writing course I was required to take, but I came to appreciate from her how carefully choosing words can make the difference between copying a police report and telling a meaningful story about people, no matter what the medium. I also appreciated her sharing some of the tough times in her own life.
After I returned to UT to work at the Clarence Brown Theatre, I was happy to find that she was a season subscriber, although she was not able to attend recently.
She will be missed, but remembered.
Here’s a story about her in the UT Daily Beacon.
It’s been a difficult year for UT Athletics, given the disappointing football season leading to a change in leadership, both basketball teams making early exits in postseason play, and the baseball team struggling in SEC play.
But there’s good news: a UT Student has won Top Ten honors relating to Athletics — broadcasting, that is…
UT Junior Roger Hoover has placed eighth nationwide in the STAA (Sportscasters Talent Agency of America) All-American Program, which
recognizes the most outstanding collegiate radio sportscasters in the country and encourages collegiate sportscasters nationwide to strive to achieve their best. Each June, the nation’s most outstanding collegiate sportscaster will be presented the Jim Nantz Award.
Hoover happens to be the son of Roger C. Hoover of the Clarence Brown Theatre, who pens these blogs, but Roger the Elder isn’t at all prejudiced — his boy is very talented and certainly going places.
Hoover the Younger is majoring in Journalism and Electronic Media. He is the recipient of the Edwin C. Huster Scholarship for Athletic Broadcasting and works with the UT Athletic Department in Internet Communications, writing and voicing reports on utsports.com and utladyvols.com. In addition, he is co-host of the Vol Network’s Inside the Orange television program and is the public address announcer for UT Baseball at Lindsay Nelson Stadium. He also serves as emcee for UT Baseball’s Bullpen Club luncheons (as shown above).
Last summer, he was the play-by-play announcer for The Kingsport Mets of the Appalachian League, and this year is moving to the broadcast team of the Class-AA Tennessee Smokies.
When that day comes when he signs a lucrative contract with a major league baseball team (hopefully the Chicago Cubs!), Roger will most certainly reward his parents richly for the sacrifices they have made for him through the years…
Undergraduate Theatre students at The University of Tennessee are reminded that the deadline for filing applications for theatre scholarships is March 6.
Free money, but you have to claim it…
For answers to your questions, contact Linda Robinson at the UT Department of Theatre Office. Telephone 865-974-7063 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TODD ROSENTHAL 2008 Tony Award Winner for Set Design - August: Osage County
Todd has agreed to meet with our students, faculty, staff and anyone interested, for a Q&A. Topics Covered will be: Collaboration with Directors, Other Designers, Shops and Actors; making a career in the theatre.
DATE: Thursday February 19th
TIME: 3:45 – 5:00 p.m.
LOCATION: CBT LOBBY
If you are not familiar with Todd’s work, you will enjoy his website at http://www.toddar.com
He designs regularly at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company: The Viewing Room, Three Days of Rain, The Weir, Wedding Band, We All Went Down to Amsterdam, Man from Nebraska (chosen by Time magazine as one of the top ten productions of 2003) and Intimate Apparel, The Crucible. At The Goodman Theatre: The Story, A Christmas Carol, The Clean House and Romance. At The Philadelphia Theatre Company: The Goat and Take Me Out. At Milwaukee Repertory Theatre: A Month in the Country, Glengarry Glen Ross. Regional theatre designs: Arena Stage, Alliance Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Alley Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Centerstage, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cleveland Playhouse, Barrow Street Theatre - NY, The National Theatre – London, Actors Theatre of Louisville and others. August: Osage County is currently running on Broadway and London
Other credits: created designs for the Big Apple Circus; exhibited at 2007 The Prague Quadrennial exhibition in the Czech Republic.
Teaching: design, Northwestern University.
The Clarence Brown Theatre Reading Series continues tonight (Friday, February 6, 2009) with The Exonerated. The reading is in Room 132 at the Law School.
This powerful and moving play, written by Erik Jensen and Jessica Blank, tells the stories of six people who were wrongfully convicted of murder, then exonerated and freed after life-altering experiences in prison. The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers awarded Jensen and Blank the Champion of Justice Award for the play.
It’s part of a Consortium on the death penalty in Tennessee, and decision makers about Tennessee’s death penalty will be in the audience.
It’s free, and many of our faculty and students are involved!
The University of Tennessee Theatre Department’s production of The Secret Rapture opens tonight (Thursday, October 16, 2008) in the Clarence Brown Lab Theatre.
This show provides the first close look at four second-year MFA performance students: Jessica Ripton, Cycerli Ash, Jonothan Visser, Matthew Bassett, and Amy E. Mathews. Community pro Katie Norwood Alley completes the cast.
Cal MacLean, Theatre Department Head and CBT Artistic Director, directs the performance; faculty member Terry Weber is the dialect coach (it’s British, you know…). The remainder of the production team is diverse: first-year MFA design students Mary Pingree and Jenn Trippe provide scenic and lighting design; pro (and another die-hard Cub fan) Joe Court designed the sound; undergraduates Amy Xiques and Derek Waffel were costume designer and stage manager.
Come see fresh theatre! The Secret Rapture has 7:30 p.m. evening performances on October 16,17, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, and 26, and 2:00 matinee performances on Oct. 19 and 26. Seating is limited, so advance ticket buying is advised. Tickets are $10, except for UT students with a full-time ID; those are an incredible $3.00.
by Sam Shepard
Starring Mike Moreno, Matthew Ventura, Ash Edwards, Carol Mayo Jenkins
Directed by John Sipes
Playing in the HYPER Studio
Thursday, October 2 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 3 7:30 p.m.
Sunday October 5th 2:00 p.m. and possibly an evening performance at 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy the show!
Want to know more about the UT Theatre Department and the Clarence Brown Theatre?
Let’s say you do — what could be easier than sitting at your computer (or maybe television) and watching a show featuring UT-Knoxville Interim Chancellor Jan Simek interviewing Department Head/Artistic Director Cal MacLean and CBT Managing Director Tom Cervone.
It’s part of UTTV’s Campus Conversations series, and you can see the video on their website. Most of it is talking head-type stuff, but it’s about our theatre, so of interest; closer to the end, there are some clips of promotional scenes for our new season, including a glimpse of Cal playing the guitar…
You can see UTTV on Campus Cable Channel 65 (but we certainly don’t have cable in the Box Office!) or on Comcast Digital Channel 194 as well.
In case you missed it, Tennessee Today had this profile of UT Theatre Department Head and Clarence Brown Theatre Artistic Director Cal MacLean.