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From right Mandy Transon, a senior early childhood special education major, locks hands with Rachel Wisner, a sophomore accounting major, at the end of their duet The Other Side from The Greatest Showman by Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron during the second dress rehearsal Wednesday at The Theatre at the Doudna Fine Arts Center. The two codirected the show and came up with the shows theme Time of our Lives because Transon is graduating and has had the time of her life and Wisner is just now starting to have the time of her life.

EIU dancers present “Time of Our Lives”

Alli Hausman, Copy Chief February 10, 2024

With a flash of the lights, a tap of a shoe and a roll of the body, the EIU dancers took to the stage in the Doudna Fine Arts Center, performing its annual spring showcase.   The show, titled “Time...

Composer Chin Ting Chan performing his piece titled 52 Blue

Bradley Decker hosts annual Napoleon Electric Music Festival

Alexis Moore-Jones, Feature Reporter February 1, 2024

Driven by his passion for electronic music, eastern professor Bradley Decker orchestrated this year’s Napoleon Electronic Music Festival.  On Tuesday, Jan. 30, 25 selected composers from the U.S....

Lead vocal/ Harmonia of Kashmir Jean Violet. Kashmir was created by vocalist Jean Violet back in 2000. The band is planning on performing at nine  different location during this tour.

Led Zeppelin tribute band coming to Doudna in sold-out show

Chandler Smith, Reporter January 18, 2024

Bringing Eastern's campus back to the 1970s would be a challenge, but this Led Zeppelin tribute band hopes to give everyone the experience of seeing Led Zeppelin live like back then.    The tribute...

A lone student practices in the abnormally empty Dvorak Concert Hall at the Doudna Fine Arts Center. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, performances like Composerss Forum, Missoula Childrens Theatre, Spring Bloom by the Eastern Symphony Orchestra, and a combination concert of Easterns jazz, orchestra, concert band, and symophnic band were canceled.

What’s hitting the Doudna stages this semester

Gunnar Olson, Reporter January 16, 2024

A 15-time Grammy nominee and a world traveling Celtic rock group are just the tip of the iceberg for the upcoming performances coming to the Doudna Fine Arts Center at Eastern this semester. There...

Karrin Estes sings while Jacob Ramage plays the guitar to Ramage’s composition titled Home.

Composers’ Forum shows students’ semester-long work

Alli Hausman, Reporter December 11, 2023

The Composers’ Forum was hosted at Doudna Fine Arts Center on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. to showcase the work of this semester’s composition students.  The performance featured the compositions of five...

The cast of Children of Eden hold out their arms mid performance at Doudna Fine Arts Center Sunday evening.

Doudna presents Children of Eden

Alli Hausman, Reporter November 6, 2023

Children of Eden opened Thursday night at the Doudna Fine Arts Center to much praise from audiences.  The 30-person cast alongside the orchestra, tech crew, directors, designers and more have been...

From right, Mitchell Cox (Danny), a freshman theatre major, criticizes Benjamin Woolery (Sonny), a rehearsal theatre major, for wearing roller skates to a business meeting during rehearsal for Xanadu Sunday evening in The Theatre.

An in-depth examination of “Xanadu”

Luke Taylor, Senior Reporter March 1, 2023

Everybody wants “Xanadu.” That’s according to Larry Cox, an instructor of musical theater and director for this spring’s musical at the Doudna Fine Arts Center. The cast of Eastern’s production...

A member of the Jazz Lab Band focuses on his music sheet while playing the trombone.

Jazz Lab Band allows friends, family to come support

Duane Carter, Reporter March 1, 2023

The Jazz Lab Band concert took place on Tuesday in the Dounda Fine Arts Center Dvorak Room. The event was held from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.mm and was free to attend. Around 90 people attended the event...

The Board of Trustees will meet in the Grand Ballroom of the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union at 1 p..m. on Friday.

What to expect at Eastern in 2023

Madelyn Kidd, Editor-in-Chief January 11, 2023

1. University President David Glassman will have his last day on June 30. During the 2021 State of the University Address, Glassman announced his plans to retire from being president on June 30. While...

Will Harrington, a 2-year-old, cautiously accepts a candy cane from Santa during the Holiday Fest at the Doudna Fine Arts Center Saturday afternoon. Harringtons parents said they always enjoyed the Doudna holiday events and were looking forward for their son to meet Santa.

Holiday Fest gathers families for holiday cheer at Doudna

Katja Benz, Student Government Reporter December 5, 2022

Doudna kept a busy schedule for the first weekend in December for Holiday Fest.   The fest started Thursday at 5 p.m. with the art sale starting then and continuing through the whole festival.   The...

Douglas Taurel opens his one-man production called The American Soldier by calling the audiences attention by simulating the military in The Black Box Thursday evening in the Doudna Fine Arts Center. Through his show, Taurel unveils struggles that soldiers and veterans face when returning to society after battle.

‘The American Soldier’: One man cast shows struggles of war, veterans

Drew Coffey, Campus Reporter November 4, 2022

“The American Soldier”, a one-man production that shows the struggles of war and the bravery of veterans, was performed at the Doudna Fine Arts Center on Thursday night.  The play was performed...

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