Published on January 23, 2018 by Ashley Smith  
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Samford University’s School of the Arts and the Michael J. and Mary Anne Freeman Theatre and Dance Series start the spring season with an enlightening cabaret event, It’s Complicated, Feb. 1-4. This production includes four different performances over the course of four evenings, sharing dance, music and theatre exploring relationships. 

The performances will be in Bolding Studio in Swearingen Hall. 

According to the director, Chelsea Nicholson, “Life is a series of made, missed, or desired relationships. We are complex, complicated beings; this makes our connections with other humans just as complex. I think the fact that social media platforms allow you the option to publicly mark ‘It’s complicated’ as an official relationship status says it all. This is what the Musical Theatre Ensemble wanted to share with an audience; not the fact that they understand the intricacies of this conundrum, but that they understand that it exists.” 

The spring season will also feature the Samford Dance Company Feb. 23-24, followed by The Caucasian Chalk Circle March 22-25, and then finish the year April 26-29 with Children of Eden starring David Phelps.  

Mark Castle, chair of the department of theatre and dance, shares his season perspective. “These shows feature drama and pathos, passion and compassion, and inspiring lyricism. They also feature the work of our students, honing their skills on our stages before they take their knowledge and their faith into the world to make a difference by telling and retelling the great stories.” 

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About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.