It’s a busy time for the arts, with dance, music and drama all featured as springtime takes hold of the UW campus. Student musicians and actors showcase their talents and a well-regarded dance troupe stops by to perform.
Plus, the Undergraduate Theater Society has a new production in the Hutchinson Hall Cabaret Theater, the Seattle Opera Young Artists perform in Meany Hall and the Burke Museum offers trivia with a beer chaser.
“Mr. Marmalade,” Undergraduate Theater Society, 7:30 p.m. April 5-15. He’s a violent, conniving, addicted character — but he’s an imaginary creation from the mind of a 4-year-old girl. In this black comedy directed by Mary Hubert, a girl navigates friends both real and imagined as she goes through the hilarious and traumatic experience of growing up. Charles Isherwood of The New York Times wrote of the play, “With imaginary friends like Mr. Marmalade, the creepy title character in a new play by Noah Haidle, what 4-year-old needs enemies?” Performances April 5-8, 11-15, Hutchinson Cabaret Theater. Tickets are $5-$10.
Burke Trivia Night, 8 p.m. April 5. Natural science, teamwork, and beer make a great combination at the Burke Museum’s monthly pub quiz for science buffs, culture gurus and museum lovers. Bring your friends to the College Inn Pub and test your knowledge of the natural world. Compete with other teams for drink vouchers and other prizes. Teams are limited to six players, and the cost is $5 per team.
School of Music: Student recitals, April 7, 8. Three students are giving free recitals in Brechemin Auditorium in coming days.
Alyssa Sibbers, oboe, a junior recital, 4:30 p.m. April 7.
Brooks Tran, piano, a masters recital, 7:30 p.m., April 7.
Thomas Lee, piano, a doctoral recital, 4:30 p.m., April 8.
“Don Pasquale,” through April 7. When scheming Dr. Malatesta arranges for the rich, elderly Don Pasquale to marry his nephews girlfriend, the two-faced Norina, you can be sure that wedded bliss is not in store. Donizettis last masterpiece unfolds with gorgeous melodies as we laugh at the declining fortunes of Pasquale and cheer for the inevitable triumph of the young lovers. Seattle Opera Young Artists perform this beautiful score in Italian, with English subtitle at Meany Hall. Remaining performances are at 7:30 p.m. April 6 and 7, and at 2 p.m. April 1. Tickets are $20/$55, 206-389-7676 or 800-426-1619.
Pianist Bernadene Blaha, 2 p.m. April 8. The School of Music presents Blaha, of the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, for a recital of works by Chopin, Mendelssohn, Schubert, and Gershwin/Wild in Brechemin Auditorium. She also will conduct a master class for UW piano students in the auditorium at 1:30 p.m. April 7. Tickets for the recital are $15, cash or check at the door. 206-685-8384.
School of Drama Showcase, 8 p.m. April 9. Members of the UW Professional Actor Training Program’s 2012 graduating class will show their talents in this annual program. They’ll take these same performances on the road to New York and Los Angeles as they prepare to enter the world of professional theater. At the Hughes Penthouse Theatre, reception at 7 p.m. Free but limited availability; reserve in advance online, using password: glenn 1940/. 206-221-6797.
Chunky Move dance troupe: “Connected,” 8 p.m. April 12-14. Founded in 1995, this Australian dance troupe has earned a reputation for producing a distinct yet unpredictable brand of genre-defying performance. The company seeks to redefine contemporary dance within an ever-evolving Australian culture. In “Connected,” the work the company will perform at Meany Hall, Chunky Move teams up with California artist Reuben Margolin. The result is an animation of both body and machine. Presented by the UW World Series. Tickets are $20-$39, by phone at 206-543-4880, online or at the UW Arts Ticket Office.