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Student Creates Original Music Drama Fate

Published: February 02, 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 private funding.

“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 Sunday.

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