Notre Dame de Namur University Students and Faculty Break “Out of the Box”

Belmont, CA, April 3, 2012 — What do a love struck old maid, a 1930s woman, a contemporary composer and two childhood friends have in common? You can find all of them at the Out of the Box Festival at Notre Dame de Namur University, April 13 through April 22.

The Out of the Box Festival, presented by the Department of Music and Vocal Arts, gives graduate and senior undergraduate students and faculty the opportunity to think “out of the box” and develop unique performance projects. This year’s offerings are:

“The Old Maid and the Thief,” a reimagining of a radio broadcast premiere of the opera by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Gian Carlo Menotti. Directed by Christine Jarc, MFA 2014 with music direction by Louise Costigan-Kerns. Performances are April 13 at 7:30 p.m. and April 14 at 2 p.m.

“The Women (…and The Men),” an exploration of the attitudes toward the role of women in 1930s America, with scenes from G. Bernard Shaw and Clare Boothe Luce and music by Jerome Kern, Cole Porter and Richard Rodgers. Directed by Laura Woodruff, BFA 2012 with music direction by Dr. Kayla Chon. Performances are April 13 at 7:30 p.m. and April 14 at 2 p.m.

“By Bohmler,” a retrospective of the works of the renowned composer Craig Bohmler. Bohmler is in residence and will be present for the performances. Directed by Jenny Matteucci, BFA 2012 with music direction by Daniel Lockert. Performances are April 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m.

“Fallings,” excerpts from an original music theatre piece residing in the realm between opera and musical theatre, about the complex bonds of friendship between childhood friends. Composed by faculty Joel Phillip Friedman with libretto by Seth Friedman. Performances are April 21 at 7:30 p.m. and April 22 at 2 p.m.

All performances are at Taube Center, Notre Dame de Namur University, 1500 Ralston Avenue in Belmont. Performances are free but seating is limited; advance tickets can be reserved at