CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Dec. 1, 2014 – Students enrolled in “Class Voice III for Musical Theatre” in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Southeast Missouri State University will perform a recital at 2 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at Southeast’s River Campus.
Seven vocal students from this most advanced voice class will display the skills they have learned in a course designed to teach them advanced vocal technique and principles for performing.
Judith Farris, the Department of Theatre and Dance’s artist in residence and vocal director, says this recital has become an annual December event since 2008.
“The audiences seem to enjoy this format since it affords them the opportunity to hear theatre students in this more ‘up close and personal’ format in the beautiful Shuck Recital Hall.
“In that much smaller space than our two theatres, the audience is able to see the performers’ eyes – the mirror of the soul,” she said. “The students are void of costumes and staging, and have only a piano for accompaniment. It is all about their singing and communicating with the audience. I am happy that the singers can see their audience as well and receive their immediate response.”
Farris says her goal is to fill every seat.
“These just might be some of our future Broadway stars,” she said. “Those who attend can then have the pleasure of saying, ‘I heard them back when …”
Farris says the repertoire of the recital will consist of more traditional well-known pieces from Broadway musicals, with a few more contemporary lesser known works included for educational purposes for both the students and the audience members.
“We always attempt to present a good variety,” she said. “This year we have included a duet, and a holiday ‘surprise.’ The River Campus is Cape’s Art Center and belongs to our entire community. It is my hope that all of its residents will partake of as many performances the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts offers. This is free to the public. It will last only one hour, but it is guaranteed to lift your spirits and get you in a holiday mood.”