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Winter/Spring 2013

Thursday, April 11, 2013
TPAC’s Polk Theater

What happens when a promising young artist gets addicted to using Meth?  Find out in this InsideOut of the Lunch Box when we will explore Cranked, a Canadian production inspired by true events.  We’ll see excerpts of the urban artist and hear from Tennessee Department of Investigation’s director of Meth Task Force, Tom Farmer, who will share how this destructive drug effects so much more than the user. 


Thursday, March 21, 2013
The Vanderbilt Steel Drums Band
TPAC’s Polk Theater

The Vanderbilt Commodore Steel Band program was formed in Fall 2004 and is under the direction of Mat Britain.  They bring musical styles such as Calypso and Soca from the Caribbean, with emphasis on music and history from the island of Trinidad, birthplace of the Steel Pan.  The Steel Drum, or Steel Pan as it’s more commonly known in Trinidad, was not born overnight but was developed out of necessity and the burning desire to create rhythm and music.  In the last 70 years the Steel Band movement has spread from Alaska to Zimbabwe and all points in between. From grade school through college the Steel Band is becoming a popular part of many music education curriculums.  Join us as we discuss the history, diverse and expanding musical experience offered through the Blair School of Music.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013
The Technical Side of Theatre
TPAC’s Polk Theater

We’ll take a look at what goes on backstage as well as onstage in this Lunch Box featuring the national Broadway touring production of Traces, a show that requires detailed and precise technical execution of the performers and the crew. Fusing the traditions of circus with the energy of street performance, the artists of Traces employ every trick in the book - from music and dance to skateboarding, basketball, and high-risk acrobatics.  What does it take to prepare the theater for this type of performance?

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Thursday, January 24, 2013
The Evolution of the Fairytale
TPAC’s Polk Theater

With Nashville Opera’s Artistic Director, John Hoomes, to guide us through their production of Cinderella, we’ll take a look at the evolution of the fairytale.  The Opera’s production is a madcap comedy, but that’s a far cry from the Brothers Grimm, well, grim version.  Which fairytale version do you prefer?