River Campus Hosting Fifth Annual Class Voice Recital

by News Bureau on Monday, Nov. 21, 2011

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 21, 2011 – Students enrolled in “Class Voice for Musical Theatre III” in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Southeast Missouri State University will perform a recital at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at the River Campus.

The recital allows the students to display the skills they have learned throughout the semester in a course designed to teach students advanced vocal technique and principles for performing.

According to Judith Farris, the Department of Theatre and Dance’s Artist in Residence and vocal director, “This recital format is especially enjoyable for the audience because it gives them the opportunity to watch and hear the performers ‘up close and personal’. There is no help from scenery or costumes.  Movement is at a minimum.  The students have only their voices and the lyrics to convey their emotions to the audience.”

Class Voice III for Musical Theatre is the most advanced vocal class available to Southeast students.

“This means the performers are our best singers currently in the department,” said Farris. “We expect many or all of them to one day be performing in the professional world.   Most of our audience members take special pleasure in observing our students progress throughout their training at Southeast.  This annual event especially gives them the opportunity to see that.  It is also very helpful for the students to see and feel the audience’s support.”

All of the music in the recital is ultimately chosen by the performers and is solely from the Broadway Musical repertoire.

The event is free and open to the public.