Many aspects of UVU’s diverse academic community are underappreciated, one of which is the School of the Arts. But an event on Feb. 24 and 25 titled “Tutus, Triptychs, Timpani & Two-Minute Soliloquies” provided an opportunity for over 100 students and faculty members to shine.
Many lined up and filled the Ragan Theater waiting to see what the arts at UVU has to offer. The program was filled with dance performances put on by the dance department and music performances both vocal and instrumental.
The theater department also got involved with a few short theatrical performances. One in particular that was quite a crowd pleaser was a short excerpt from the Irish play “The Cripple of Inishmaan” which brought laughs and much applause from the audience. It turned out to be a great performance by both Colin Thomas and Natalie Devine who played the main parts in this theatrical short.
Throughout the program there were short videos played which featured photography students, painters and sculptors. They all briefly explained what art does for them on a personal level. Many said that art was a way for them to express themselves and one student said, “I’m not very good with words, but my art helps me to express myself in ways I didn’t know how to before I became so involved in graphic design.”
Because the Ragan theater isn’t an ideal location for exhibiting art such as photography and painting, during intermission attendees were able to visit a room close to the theater to view showcased photography, sculpture and graphic design.
UVU’s School of the Arts has come a long way in the visual arts as well as the music, dance and theater departments. Be sure to support the local art scene at their upcoming performances and future art displays. You can find information regarding these upcoming events at uvu.edu/arts