The top 12 things you should know about MPAL

Whether you are new to the University of Illinois or a seasoned grad student, here are a few things you may not know about the Music and Performing Arts Library.

Print, audio/visual, online…you name it, we’ve got it
1. Our collections and resources cover all types of music, dance, and theatre from all over the world.
2. We have books, scores, CDs, and DVDs that you can check out, as well as LPs, reference materials, and journals that you can use in the library
3. Our online resources are available to you 24/7 when you login with your NetID
4. You can request things from other libraries or request that we purchase something

1. You can print from our computers or via wireless from your laptop
2. We have two scanners that are free to use
3. We will soon have iPads for loan

We have friendly and knowledgeable staff who want to help you
1. See our Ask Us page for ways to get help
2. We have online help guides for music, dance, and theatre classes and research topics
3. You can make personal research appointments with either of the librarians to get help with your paper or research project.

1. We have lots of study space at big tables near big windows
2. We make monthly guides to go with events at the Krannert Center

We have listening rooms and listening carrels for you to use when listening to or watching any of the media in our collections. Ask for a key at the Circulation Desk.

To keep up with MPAL news, follow us on Twitter @mpalillinois

Additional full text options in IIMP and IIPA

There are now more full text link options for the International Index to Music Periodicals (IIMP) and the International Index to the Performing Arts (IIPA) databases. If the full text of an article is available directly from one of those sources you’ll still see “Full text” or “Full text-PDF” links. If the article is potentially available from another online source you’ll see the blue “Discover UIUC Full Text Linking” button. If you click on it you will be given other options to locate the item online or request it via InterLibrary Loan.

If you have any questions about this, just stop by the MPAL and let us know!

Summer Studio Theatre at Illinois

(from Krannert Center web site)
Summer Studio Theatre Returns to Krannert Center

The Summer Studio Theatre returns to Krannert Center for its 19th season as a professional repertory company. Under the direction of UI Department of Theatre Head Brant Pope, the Summer Studio Theatre provides warm-weather entertainment for East-Central Illinois with a rolling repertory season of dramatic intrigue, touching humor, and madcap melodrama. Pope says that the quality of the characters found in each of the plays is the strength of this summer’s season. This year’s featured performances are The Mystery of Irma Vep by Charles Ludlum, a comedic satire; the heartwarming Tuesdays with Morrie by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom, based on Albom’s book of the same title; and Doug Wright’s one-man tour de force, I Am My Own Wife. All three plays will be presented in rotation from June 5 through July 1.

Theater in Video

The Library now has a subscription to Alexander Street Press’s Theater in Video

“Theatre in Video contains more than 250 definitive performances of the world’s leading plays, together with more than 100 film documentaries, online in streaming video – more than 500 hours in all. This release contains 242 titles, representing hundreds of leading playwrights, actors and directors. Included are landmark performances such as The Iceman Cometh, King Lear, Awake and Sing, Dom Juan, Bérénice, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Playboy of the Western World, Krapp’s Last Tape and Othello, among many others. Notable actors include Claire Bloom, Laurence Olivier, Colleen Dewhurst, Richard Dreyfuss, Walter Matthau, Meryl Streep, Eli Wallach, Zoe Caldwell, Sam Waterston and more. For the first time, students, instructors and researchers can bookmark specific scenes, monologues and staging.”

Theatre project streams rehearsals online

Noises off: The rehearsal’s the thing
Posted by Chris Wilkinson December 2 2008
The Guardian Theatre Blog

“The New York-based Ontological-Hysteric Theatre is in the process of rehearsing its new show, Astronome – A Night at the Opera, and will be streaming its rehearsals online every Wednesday evening until the show opens. This idea has excited bloggers stateside. George Hunka says, ‘It’s a unique offering from two unique theatre and music artists … watch Foreman, his cast and his crew create a new work before your very eyes. You want the theatrical process available through the internet, you’ve got it.'”

Music, Dance, and Theatre groups recipients of national arts medals

3 Academics and a Student Chorus Are Among Recipients of National Medals
Chronicle of Higher Education
Tuesday, November 18, 2008

“…the Fisk Jubilee Singers were among four organizations honored [with National Medals of Arts]. The group, a student chorus at Fisk University, received an arts medal for preserving African-American spirituals.

The Presser Foundation, which provides grants to undergraduate and graduate students of music, also received an arts medal. The other organizations honored were the José Limón Dance Foundation and Ford’s Theatre Society.

The individual winners of the arts medals were the actress Olivia de Havilland; the jazz pianist Hank Jones; Stan Lee, a comic-book writer and former president of Marvel Comics; Jesús Moroles, a sculptor known for monumental works in granite; and the brothers Robert B. and Richard M. Sherman, a songwriting team.”

American Players Theatre inside edition

American Players will renew construction on black box theater
Posted: Sept. 20, 2008
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Damien Jaques

“At this time next year, American Players Theatre [just up the road, near Madison, WI] audiences will be attending productions indoors as well as out. The company’s board of directors has voted to continue with previously announced plans to erect a 200-seat black box (flexible) all-weather conventional theater that will increase the number and range of productions the Spring Green company will offer audiences.”