TROY – Troy University’s College of Communication and Fine Arts is having a gala celebrating the creation of the Department of Theatre and Dance Friday, Sept. 26.
“Transformation” will showcase performances from the John M. Long School of Music and Theatre and Dance, along with contributions from the Department of Art and Design. In addition to the dramatic and musical theatre presentations, the newly created TROY Dance Repertory Ensemble and TROY Dance Too, the junior ensemble, will also be featured.
The gala begins at 7:30 p.m. in Claudia Crosby Theater.
“This gala is to welcome and celebrate dance becoming a part of our college and it involves all areas of the college,” Dr. Maryjo Cochran, dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts.
“We will honor this important milestone for the performing arts at Troy University and welcome dance into our college,” she said.
A special guest performance for the second act will be Montgomery Ballet Artistic Director Elie Lazar, in his beautiful original creation, “Lost—the Story of Carmen.”
Before moving to Montgomery to direct The Montgomery Ballet, Mr. Lazar founded and directed the Joffrey Ensemble Dancers, the performance group associated with the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City.
The University’s Department of Theatre and Speech was reorganized this spring to include a dance minor and its name was changed. Formerly, dance was taught as part of the physical education curriculum. This fall, the minor was offered for the first time through the College of Communication and Fine Arts.
Tickets for the event, currently on sale through the Trojan Ticket Office 334-670-3293, are $25 for adults, $15 for students, $10 for children 10 and under. A special $50 ticket is available until Sept. 23 that includes a dinner in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor, a reception and the performance.
The proceeds from the gala will be used to bolster dance scholarships, Cochran said.
“This is a perfect way to recognize the creation of a new program and help the University fund scholarships for promising dance students,” she said.