Department of Theatre and Dance Hosts Free Celebrity Guest-Artist Panels, Oct. 16

Event: The Department of Theatre and Dance will celebrate the 50th anniversary of "The Fantasticks," the longest-running American musical, with its creators, College of Fine Arts alumni Harvey Schmidt (B.F.A. '52) and Tom Jones (B.F.A. '49, M.F.A. '51) the weekend of Oct. 15-16. The public is invited to attend free, celebrity guest-artist panel discussions during the weekend.

When: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16

Where: F. Loren Winship Drama Building (WIN), at the intersection of 23rd and San Jacinto streets.

Background: Austin American-Statesman writer Michael Barnes, Austin Chronicle writer Robert Faires, Texas Performing Arts Director and Associate Dean Kathy Panoff and Zach Theatre artistic director Dave Steakley will moderate panel discussions composed of university alumni: Jones and Schmidt ("The Fantasticks"), Bruce McGill ("Animal House"), Pulitzer Prize for Drama winner Robert Schenkkan (HBO series "The Pacific" and play "The Kentucky Cycle"), choreographer Denny Berry ("The Phantom of the Opera") and actor Todd Lowe (HBO series "True Blood") and others as they head conversations highlighting the impact of new work, the magic of musical theatre and Broadway, the business behind commercial success and careers beyond the stage and screen.

For more information about the panels, visit "The Fantasticks" online.