Published: Feb 2, 2005
The musical drama Fate will premiere in the Vaughn Center’s Allen N. Reeves
Theater on Thursday, Feb. 24, at 6:30 p.m. UT music senior Daniel Everson has
created an original score and 80-page script, directed a 15-member cast, and
obtained financial backing.
Fate portrays a family’s reaction to death.
Everson, whose mother died from ovarian cancer while he was a senior in high
school, said that personal events were used as inspiration for the production
that will benefit the American Cancer Society.
Everson describes Fate as
a surreal play with eclectic dance and music styles—including classical opera,
jazz, and hip hop. Mythical creatures from an unseen realm steer fate by guiding
the characters’ sense of intuition.
“Basically, it’s about the afterlife
and what a family goes through,” said Everson. “I’ve always believed there’s a
reason for everything.”
David Isele, UT professor of music, has served as
an adviser for the production. He said that he has been impressed by Everson’s
sophisticated compositions, stage direction, and ability to obtain $10,000 in
“I don’t call it a student production,” said Isele. “Not
that there’s anything wrong with that, but this is a notch way above what you
would expect a student production to be.”
In addition to the premiere,
performances are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 25-Sunday, Feb. 27.
There also will be matinee performances at 2 p.m. on Saturday and
Tickets for each show will be available at the theater before
each performance for $20 each, with all proceeds to benefit the American Cancer
Society. For more information, contact Daniel Everson at (813) 758-6159 or FATEproductions@hotmail.com.