CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,
Nov. 22, 2010 – 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 2 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at the River Campus.
The student recital will allow students in the class to display the skills they have learned throughout the semester. The course teaches students advanced techniques and principles for singing in a musical theatre.
According to Judith Farris, the Department of Theatre and Dance’s Artist in Residence, the show is very enjoyable because it gives audiences a chance to watch and hear the performers sing theatre repertoire in a more intimate setting.
“This is the recital format. This means no scenery, costumes or action. The students have only their voices and their emotions through the lyrics to move the audience,” says Farris. “I have seen tears of joy and deep seeded emotions evoked from the audience members that one can’t always see in a big staged performance.”
Class Voice for Musical Theatre III is the most advanced vocal class available to Southeast students. “This means the performers are the top of our singers currently in the department,” said Farris. “We expect many or all of them to one day be performing in the professional world. So the audience members will one day say I heard them ‘when’.”
This year, 11 students will be performing in the recital and each will be responsible for selecting their own music. “The repertoire this year will consist of a great variety of Broadway songs, some very familiar and some from the newest shows out now,” Farris says.
The recital is free and open to the public.