By Billy Tuite —
It’s that time of year again where we must return to University of Wisconsin–Stout campus and actually do things and learn stuff. Sigh. But don’t fret fellow students! While coming back from three months of fun in the sun to hitting the books can be a bit of a drag, Blue Devil Productions is here to lift your spirits and provide plenty of entertainment between your arduous academic endeavors this year.
Now on its 11th year of entertaining UW–Stout students, BDP has perhaps become best known for hosting musical performances. As part of last year’s Thursday Night Out series, BDP hosted amazing concerts by YelaWolf, The Royal and Farewell Continental. They show no signs of slowing down this year either.
Students already got a taste of some tunes early on Sept. 4 when Nashville-native Chase Coy put on a stunning show in the Memorial Student Center. The rest of the month will contain high-energy pop-rock performances from No Coast on Sept. 11 and The Resolution on Sept. 18.
Miss any blockbuster hits over the summer? If you did, not to worry. BDP will be providing free theater experiences throughout the semester with their Friday night screenings of popular flicks before they’re released on DVD. Students were already treated to some laughs on Sept. 5 with a screening of “Neighbors.” The comedy ball will keep rolling with BDP showing “22 Jump Street” on Sept. 19. Be sure to mark your calendars for Oct. 17 as well, seeing as BDP will be screening the latest superhero spectacle, “Guardians of the Galaxy.” So grab a bowl of popcorn and head down to Applied Arts 210 on select Fridays throughout the semester at 6 and 9 p.m.
BDP will also be hosting plenty of uproarious stand-up acts throughout the semester. Brandon Vestal kicked off the year on Sept. 2 and left viewers at the MSC with stitches. Later in October, comedy fans can expect a couple more shows from young, up-and-coming stand-up acts, like Michael Harrison and Pete Lee.
For those who can’t get enough music, BDP is still hosting their monthly open mic events at the Terrace in the MSC, where students can take the stage and demonstrate their own musical talents. BDP will also be coming in full force with a wide assortment of homecoming activities, while sporting a highly patriotic “Red, White and Blue Devils” theme.
Did I mention that almost all of these events are free? So how could you not take advantage of this awesome entertainment?
For a full schedule of BDP events, head to their official website at bdp.uwstout.edu. For additional information and updates, follow @bdpstout on Twitter and Instagram, like their Facebook page and subscribe to their YouTube channel.