Centre News

Mesozoic Aquarium: Paleontology Beyond Dinosaurs

Dr. Falk Everybody loves dinosaurs. That’s just a fact. Dinosaurs are huge, awe-inspiring, amazing animals. They’ve been extinct for 66 million years. They inspire our imaginations and stimulate our curiosity. We always want to know more. I had (who am I kidding, I still have) a box of plastic dinosaurs when I was a [...]

By |2019-04-08T12:16:41-04:00April 8th, 2019|Centre News, Notes from the Faculty|

Laughter Through Tears

Dr. Lucas The film success of Steel Magnolias in 1989 opened the door in short order for the likes of Fried Green Tomatoes, Thelma and Louise, Hope Floats, Where the Heart Is, and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. One wonders, what is it about Steel Magnolias that made it that kind of power [...]

By |2019-04-08T12:16:15-04:00April 8th, 2019|Centre News, Notes from the Faculty|

Comic Twins and Surrealism: Old and New

Comic Twins and Surrealism: Old and New Dr. Morrison In the Marx Brothers’ film Duck Soup (1933), Harpo presents himself as a second Groucho in the famous mirror scene. Harpo’s attempt to impersonate Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho’s character) is met by Groucho’s series of increasingly challenging tests to prove that the reflection he sees [...]

By |2018-12-01T22:45:20-05:00October 20th, 2018|Centre News, Notes from the Faculty|

There’s no place like home(coming) this year at Centre College!

The Broadway National Tour of “The Wizard of Oz,” along with Centre College’s Homecoming prove there truly is “no place like home” this October at the Norton Center Danville, Kentucky — The greatest family musical of all time, the wonderful Wizard of Oz, twists its way into Danville on October 26 in time for [...]

By |2018-10-04T15:29:14-04:00October 8th, 2018|Centre News, Press|

The Westerlies ‘blow’ into Danville!

The Westerlies, blow into Danville with Norton Center performance Danville, Kentucky — The Westerlies, a New York-based brass quartet comprised of four childhood friends from Seattle, Washington, will be blowing into town on October 5th to perform at the Norton Center’s Weisiger Theatre. Named after the prevailing winds from the West to the East, [...]

By |2018-10-04T15:27:30-04:00October 4th, 2018|Centre News, Press|

A sweet collision of cultures with the Martha Redbone Roots Project

Martha Redbone returns to Kentucky for a sweet collision of cultures at the Norton Center for the Arts Danville, Kentucky — Martha Redbone will be rolling her Roots Project into the Norton Center on September 28th, bringing her “tasty gumbo” of sound to Weisiger Theater. Redbone is a multi-award winning musician and one of [...]

By |2018-10-04T15:30:12-04:00October 1st, 2018|Centre News, Press|

Pardon Our Dust

Pardon our dust! The Norton Center is receiving some scheduled TLC. Please note that College Drive is closed for parking, but we are open. The entrance behind the Ex Astris statue (facing the corner of College St and W. Walnut) is available for patron use. If you have any issues or concerns, please call [...]

By |2018-06-12T09:49:01-04:00June 4th, 2018|Backstage at the Norton Center, Centre News|

The Dark Knight and the Robber Barons

In the most recent Batman film, Justice League, he is teamed up with demigods, cyborgs, and mutants to save the world.  When asked what his super-power is, what entitles him to be special enough to play in this league, he responds simply “I’m rich.”  It is played as a laugh line, but is the [...]

By |2018-10-08T13:53:22-04:00May 3rd, 2018|Centre News, Notes from the Faculty|

Acclaimed String Quartet Workshops Student Piece

Originally Published Spring, 2018 | CENTERPIECE, The Alumni Magazine of Centre College | Reprinted with Permission When the American String Quartet came to Centre in February, the internationally acclaimed group knew they would be participating in a number of campus events in addition to their main-stage performance. They did not realize that sight-reading an eight-minute [...]

Happily Ever After, Right?

For centuries, Cinderella has offered audiences a dream-like escape from reality. Perhaps you enjoyed Walt Disney’s animated classic from 1950. I certainly did. With its catchy bibbity-bobbity-boo and adorable mice, Disney’s version draws heavily from French writer Charles Perrault’s story of Cendrillon in his collection, Tales of Mother Goose or Contes de ma mère [...]

By |2018-10-08T13:54:16-04:00February 19th, 2018|Centre News, Notes from the Faculty|