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Arts and Entertainment | Friday, November 15, 2019 | By Karen Veaner Print
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Lansing Middle School's Beauty and the Beast Jr.

Last weekend Lansing Middle School presented 'Disney's Beauty and the Beast Jr., with a cast of 113.  The Disney musical chronicles the story of Bell and a Beast, who is actually a young, handsome prince who has been turned into a beast by an enchantress.  If the Beast can learn to love and to be loved, the spell will be broken.  But he has to accomplish this before the petals fall from an enchanted rose.  Bell and the Beast gradually fall in love, but must profess their love before it is too late.

Major roles were double cast in last weekend's production, directed by Cynthia Howell and Lucas Hibbard and choreographed by Bella Micale.  These photos are from Friday's performance.

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posticon Indonesian Shadow Puppet Performances And Gamelan Ensemble

Arts and Entertainment | Friday, November 15, 2019 | By Laurel Gilmer Print
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Cornell Music - Darsono HadiraharjoDarsono Hadiraharjo
The Cornell Gamelan Ensemble presents two days of Indonesian performances at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art with visiting guest artists from Java and Bali. On Thursday, November 21 at 7:00 pm, guest artists Gusti Sudarta (Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Denpasar) and Darsono Hadiraharjo (SEAP Visiting Critic) will perform excerpts of traditional wayang (shadow puppetry), providing audiences a rare opportunity to experience both Balinese and Javanese forms of this vital art form. They will be accompanied, respectively, by guest musicians Gusti Nyoman Darta and Bethany Collier, and the Cornell Gamelan Ensemble.

Then on Saturday, November 23 at 1:00 pm, Migrating Shadows, a multimedia production combining elements from Indonesian traditions of gamelan music, dance, and wayang with computer graphics, sound-oriented free-improvisation, and contemporary performance aesthetics takes the spotlight. The performers will literally migrate between different spaces in Cornell's Johnson Museum of Art, leading the audience on a journey through public spaces to virtual worlds. Thematically, the production draws upon the 14th-century Javanese story of Sutasoma, an incarnation of the Buddha, and his encounters with the human-eating King Kalmasapada. The production features guest artists Sudarta and Hadiraharjo joined by Christopher J. Miller, Kevin Ernste, and graduate student composers Sergio Cote Barco, Miles Jefferson Friday, and Piyawat Louilarpprasert, from Cornell's Department of Music.

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