Many music performances are held either in Seabrook Auditorium or in the Rosenthal Building, which are buildings adjacent to each other at the corner of Murchison Road and W.T. Brown Drive at the main entrance of the campus. The Rosenthal Art Gallery is located in the Rosenthal Building. Parking for both buildings is located behind Seabrook Auditorium.
Most of our theatre performances take place in Butler Theater, which can be accessed on the first floor of the G.L. Butler Building at the heart of campus. Sidewalks lead up from the parking area to the breezeway connecting the two halves of the Butler Building.
Parking for Butler Theater is available in the lot adjacent to the Butler Building and the Chestnutt Library at the junction of W.T. Brown Drive and Administration Drive.
The department’s Fine Arts Series brings nationally recognized speakers and performers to campus; and throughout the year the 1,134 seat Seabrook Auditorium is filled with the passion and drama of opera, symphony and live theater.
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Holiday Spectacular at FSU
Fayetteville State University's Fine Arts Series will present its annual Holiday Spectacular! on Sunday, December 7 at 4:00pm in Seabrook Auditorium. This year's presentation will feature holiday favorites performed by FSU's Concert Band, University Choir, Percussion Ensemble and Orchestra. Joining this musical lineup will be the Highland Presbyterian Ringers and FSUs Early Childhood Learning Center Children's Choir. Everyone will be put into the holiday spirit by nationally acclaimed story teller, Mitch Capel (a.k.a. Gran' Daddy June Bug), who will recite seasonal poetry by Paul Laurence Dunbar. Lighting and special effects will make this performance truly spectacular.
Admission is free, but a donation of a small new teddy bear would be appreciated. The teddy bears will be given to our local fire department to comfort children. This performance is made possible by financial support from the FSU Office of Title III and the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County.
For more information, contact Dr. Earnest Lamb, Chair of the Performing and Fine Arts Department, Fayetteville State University, at 672-2143.
FSU Dance Ensemble creates a new show for the 2015 MLK Celebration
Fayetteville State University Dance Ensemble (FSUDE) in collaboration with Assistant Professor Brandi Berry's film students will perform a new show for the MLK Celebration in Seabrook auditorium on January 19, 2015, at 7pm. Entitled, Civil Rights and the Hip-hop Generation: Looking Back, Moving Forward, the presentation is a comparative look at the 1960-70's, and today incorporating dance, spoken word, film and music. From hip-hop to ballroom to modern dance styles the FSUDE members perform some previous works while premiering new pieces including Black Skinhead by Kanye West, Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday, and a tribute to Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown. FSUDE students dancing include, Ebony Norris, Cindy Broccolo, Anthony Velazquez, Noelle Washington, and Naya Reed.
Durham's Koffee Dance Company (KDC) unites with FSUDE for this production. Deon Lee FSU graduate, last seen in CFRT's Bluest Eye join the newest KDC members Daniel Rivera from NC State Ballet, Ife Presswood transfer from UNCG dance program, and Tim Caldwell, FSU graduate and dance instructor for Westover High School. The company will present their most recent work, What's Going On.
Spoken word and theatrical scenes will be performed by Comm senior Zach Johnson and FSU theater students, Victoria Utley, Traycie Kuhn, and Alease Timbers.
Through the exploration of social history, the production seeks to reach out, educate and reveal how the hip-hop generation views various Civil Rights developments by posing questions from the millennial generation to the Civil Rights generation and vice versa. Historic and current topics broached include fatherlessness, the women's liberation movement, gang violence and relationships.
Civil Rights and the Hip-hop Generation: Looking Back, Moving Forward was created through conversations, research and the expansion of a previous FSUDE piece entitled Man/Boy-Boy/Man. Performed in the FSUDE concert in Seabrook in March 2014, and again by KDC at the Emergence Concert in Durham, NC in Oct 2014, Man-Boy/Boy-Man is a theatrical dance work in three sections which comments on issues facing young African-American males today.
In 2013, the male dancers of FSUDE work shopped and developed Man/Boy-Boy/Man as a reaction to being young, male, black and talented today. The dance addresses what they view as their options and their obstacles. Civil Rights and the Hip-hop Generation expands on these ideas to include other topics concerning all African-American youth today, and has been dubbed, "not your parents MLK show".
PLEASE NOTE: This presentation depicts graphic images, strong language and adult situations.
FSU Fine Arts Series is sponsored in part by:
Office of Title III
FSU Friends of the Arts
Community Foundation of Cumberland County
The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County
All programs and activities are subject to change. For information about the Fine Arts Series or the Department of Performing and Fine Arts contact:
Dr. Earnest Lamb, Chair
Department of Performing and Fine arts