Fuddy Meers

The play “Fuddy Meers” is about a woman who suffers from amnesia.

“My character, she’s very endearing I think. She’s almost child-like in some ways because she’s very naive about some things because there are so many aspects of her life she can’t recall,” said actor Laura Larsen.

Patricia Helsel is the Assistant Professor of Theater and she says that everyone has done their part to turn this production into a masterpiece.

Read more at Upper Michigan’s Source.


Eric Whitacre Visits Houghton

World-renowned composer Eric Whitacre made a two-day stop at Houghton on October 20 and 21. He gave a free lecture at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and directed the Michigan Tech Concert Choir, Superior Wind Symphony, and festival band and chorus.

He typically labels his style of directing as “compassionate fascism”. “When I get up on the stage, I am full of animation,” says Whitacre.

“It’s tremendously exciting and unheard of to have someone of such international notoriety come to a smaller place like Houghton,” Superior Wind Symphony director Nicholas Enz comments.

Choral director Jared Anderson says the chance to work with Whitacre is a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity. “He brings deep musical sensitivities, as well as a very encouraging manner to all of the groups that he works with.”

While at Michigan Tech, Eric Whitacre was sunshined by members of the MTU Huskies Pep Band.

The event was sponsored in part by the Mark Eugene Howard Endowment.


Jared Schlueter’s the “Stare” Selected for Arts in the House

self-portrait
The "Stare", self-portrait in pencil.

Jared Schlueter, a mechanical engineering major, has had his self-portrait “Stare” accepted into the Seventh Annual Student Arts in the House Initiative sponsored by the Presidents Council–State Universities of Michigan.

The artistic talents of Michigan university students – combined to make the past six years of the Student Art in the Legislature initiative a remarkable success.  Feedback from the policymakers, staff and those who visit has been very positive.  The addition of student artwork has added to the aesthetic quality of the interior to the Anderson House Office Building and has provided a venue to promote the creative talents of our state university students. Congratulations Jared.


Get involved with Loudspeaker Design and Construction

Students in class and in individual study build and design loudspeakers, including home speakers, studio monitors, and sound reinforcement speakers. This process covers the basics of driver integration, cabinet tuning and coloration, voicing, directivity, SPL capability, bass extension, distortion and transient accuracy. Students have worked on the monitors in use in our studio, sound lab, and black box theatre as well as building loudspeakers for their home studios. Contact Christopher Plummer to get involved.


Guest Artist Workshop: Diana Magnuson

Diana Magnuson will be join us this fall for a three-day workshop and two free lectures in McArdle Theatre, November 16-19.  Magnuson speaks to here work as:

“a blending of social observation, emotional response and cultural input put into detailed design and reflection. Mythological themes resonate. I do Mind Travels into cultural connotations searching the subconscious and collective memories where I immerse myself. It’s a good journey.”

View her portfolio


Open Auditions for All Shows!

Welcome back students. Auditions are open for all shows. Come show us your acting chops by auditioning Sept 11-12, for Fuddy Meers.A 
twisting,
 turning, 
hilarious 
mystery 
chock 
full
 of
 colorful 
characters. Join 
Claire, 
a 
victim
 of 
psychogenic 
amnesia, 
as 
she
 puts 
together 
the pieces 
of 
the 
mind‐boggling
 puzzle 
in 
which 
she
 awakens 
each 
morning with 
no 
memory
 of 
the 
past.


Varsity Singers Alums have a Reunion

Former members and alumni of Michigan Tech’s Varsity Singers/Jazz Singers gathered as part of the Michigan Technological University 2011 Alumni Reunion August 4-6. Stephen Brown and Lisa Pekrul Lange are spearheaded the plan, working with retired director Milton Olsson, and with Brenda Rudiger and her Michigan Tech Alumni Relations staff. Together, they compiled a not-quite-complete list of names of past Singers, but the list keeps expanding as word about spread. Contact Doc at miolsson@mtu.edu to update your contact info and to advise about other Singers that you know. So far, there are over 175 names on the list.

Also, check out some great photos of the Varsity Singers in the 70’s!