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Archive for Sunday, July 28, 2002

Arts notes

July 28, 2002

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University Theatre director steps down

Delores Ringer has resigned as director of University Theatre at Kansas University. She submitted her resignation on July 1 and will step down on Aug. 15.

Ringer, who will remain on the Kansas University theater and film faculty, said she resigned because she "had no passion" for being an administrator and that the responsibilities of the University Theatre post did not allow her to work on her own research as much as she would like.

In the fall, she will teach two classes and act as designer for some University Theatre productions.

Ringer said she did not know if a replacement had been hired. John Sweets, acting chair of the department of theater and film, could not be reached for comment.

Last spring, the administraTtive structure of University Theatre was realigned. The change meant that the University Theatre's director would answer to the chairman of the theater and film department rather than the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For 78 years, University Theatre was autonomous and separately funded. Faculty members' work loads were split 50-50 between University Theatre and the department.

PAC books comedian Bill Cosby

Topeka Comedian Bill Cosby is heading the list of performers coming to the Topeka Performing Arts Center next fall. Cosby will perform at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 10.

The rest of the Fall Series includes Ethos Percussion Group, 8 p.m. Oct. 5; Red Army Chorus and Dance Ensemble from Russia, 8 p.m. Oct. 12; "South Pacific," 8 p.m. Oct. 19; vocalist Sandi Patty, 8 p.m. Oct. 27; "Cabaret," 8 p.m. Nov. 18; composer Jim Brickman, 8 p.m. Nov. 21; and "A Community Christmas," 7 p.m. Dec. 14.

In addition, TPAC will be the site of the Best of Kansas City 2003 Jazz Series. The lineup includes Ivan Paduart Trio, Sept. 15; Bram Wijnands Trio, Nov. 10; Earla Porsche Quartet, Jan. 12; Vince Bilardo Trio, Feb. 23; and John Doubleday Quintet, April 27. All of the jazz concerts begin at 3 p.m.

For tickets and more information, call the TPAC Box Office, 214 S.E. Eighth St., (785) 297-9000.

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