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VPA Announces Its Spring 2022 Calendar of Events

The Department of Visual and Performing Arts presents its spring 2022 exhibitions, senior capstones and performance lineup. Enjoy unique exhibits in the McCoy Gallery, as well as plays and musical performances in the Rogers Center.

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McCoy Gallery Exhibition

“a tomb, a cabinet, two works in architecture”
February 3–March 4, 2022. FREE. Works by W. Gavin Robb, Assoc. AIA. This is a show about Architecture. Robb states, “I believe that design has the power to structure the human condition. These two projects represent a tentative step towards the sublime, towards the infinite, towards capturing and evoking something beyond our everyday experience, beyond human.” Visit the gallery Monday–Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

VPA Production at the Rogers Center

“Ugly Lies the Bone” by Lindsey Ferrentino
Directed by Dr. Kathleen Sills
After three tours in Afghanistan, Jess finally returns to Florida. In a small town on the Space Coast, as the final shuttle is about to launch, Jess must confront her scars—and a home that may have changed even more than her. Experimenting with a pioneering virtual reality therapy, she builds a breathtaking new world where she can escape her pain. There, she begins to restore her relationships, her life and, slowly, herself.

The production features a collaboration between faculty members Dr. James Petty, Dr. Kathleen Sills, and three Computer Science students whose senior capstone project was to develop an augmented reality phone application that mirrors the virtual reality therapy represented in the play. Audience members will have the opportunity to download and use the phone app in order to access a unique audience experience.

Student, faculty and staff tickets: free with Merrimack ID
General Public: $10
Seniors, Alumni, Military: $8
Performances:
Thursday, 3/3 7:30pm
Friday, 3/4 7:30pm
Saturday, 3/5 2:00pm
Saturday, 3/5 7:30pm

The OnStagers Dramatic Society at the Rogers Center

“The Addams Family: A New Musical”
Written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice
Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Directed by Warren Friedman
Musical Direction by Keith Belanger

This musical is a comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family, features an original story and it’s every father’s nightmare: Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family– a man her parents have never met. And if that wasn’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before–keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

First 100 Students Attend Free with Student ID
General Public: $15
Seniors, Alumni, Military: $10
Performances:
Thursday, 4/7 7:30pm
Friday, 4/8 7:30pm
Saturday, 4/9 2:00pm
Saturday, 4/9 7:30 pm

The Merrimack Music Faculty Recital at the Rogers Center

Merrimack’s own music faculty will perform a wide range of music as we celebrate the return of live, musical performances! Performers will include Laura Moore Pruett, soprano; Hugh Hinton, piano; Andrew Cote, percussion; Paul Geresy, percussion; plus many other guests from the music faculty.
FREE
3/21 7:30 pm

McCoy Gallery Exhibitions

“I Am…” A Show on Self-Reflection and Social Impacts on Identity. A March 24–April 22, 2022. Reception: April 15, 6-7:30 pm. FREE. A multi-media exhibition curated by Lauren Pardue ’22. Pardue launched a “call to artists” seeking artwork from Merrimack College students, as well as various New England students from high school to graduate students. This is Pardue’s senior capstone project. Visit the gallery Monday–Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Class of 2022 Senior Thesis and Capstone Projects
April 28–May 31, 2022. FREE. The Department of Visual and Performing Arts is pleased to share its 2022 Seniors Capstone Projects in a variety of forms: visual artwork, musical performance, readings, oral presentations, and theatre performances. A reception, celebration, and awards ceremony is on April 29, 6–8 p.m. where the VPA students will be announced and honored.

Student Musical Performances

Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble Concert
Join us as Merrimack’s own Jazz Ensemble and our Concert Band perform a wide, wonderful line of music. The Concert Band presents a full range of wind, brass and percussion instruments to create a world of color and harmony, while the Jazz Ensemble experiments with fusing rock and Jazz together.
FREE
5/6 7:30 pm

Concert Choir, Take Note and Mackapella concert
Our talented students in our Concert Choir perform a wide range of musical styles, from classical to folk to Broadway show music, movie themes and more. The Concert Choir sings both with accompaniment and a cappella. Our own student groups—Mackapella and Take Note—are an important musical presence on the Merrimack campus. So be there for an evening of fun, as voices will soar and toes will tap, as talented young voices grab the mic.
FREE
5/7 7:30 pm

Lessons Recital
Don’t miss the culmination of our student musical season, as our talented students perform various songs and compositions at their individual or group recitals.
FREE
5/8 2:30 pm

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