CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Dec. 2, 2013 – 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. 15 in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at Southeast’s River Campus. Fifteen Southeast vocal students will display the skills they have learned throughout the semester in a course designed to teach them advanced vocal technique and principles for performing. The recital will feature a variety of Broadway repertoire from traditional to contemporary. Admission is free. 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 “they are able to see and hear the performers in a different venue from all the other facilities at the River Campus, the beautiful Shuck Recital Hall with amazing acoustics. While the Shuck is very much smaller, to me the acoustics easily match Carnegie Hall.
“Also, in that much smaller space, the audience is able to see the performers’ eyes — the mirror of the soul,” she said. “The students are void of costumes, staging, and have only a piano for accompaniment. It is all about their singing, and communicating with the audience which is right in front of them.” “Class Voice III for Musical Theatre” is the most advanced vocal class available to Southeast students. 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 thrown in for educational purposes for both the students and the audience members. “We always attempt to give a good variety,” she said. “In fact, this year, we may include a duet or two, and perhaps a holiday ‘surprise.’” The recital is free and open to the public; it will last about one hour. “Some of these performers have been seen and heard in this event before, several of whom will perhaps be one day performing in a theatre where the audience will have to pay a large ticket price to hear them,” she said. “Come while it is free. Support these young people who have worked diligently in their preparation to entertain you.
“I would ask our public supporters of the past to continue to attend, and please bring a new attendee or two,” she added.