River Campus Season Tickets on Sale

Illustration of the River Campus

The River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University has finalized its premiere season of music, dance, theatre and visual arts events in preparation for season ticket sales, which open to the public May 14.

EDITOR’S NOTE: For photographs of touring companies scheduled to perform at River Campus as part of the “Touring Series,” contact Ann Hayes, director of the News Bureau, at (573) 651-2552.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

May 7, 2007 – The River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University has finalized its premiere season of music, dance, theatre and visual arts events in preparation for season ticket sales, which open to the public May 14.

“We have worked very hard to create a premiere season with something to appeal to everyone.  Performances range from Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight! to the St. Petersburg Ballet,” explains  Bob Cerchio, assistant director of the School of Visual and Performing Arts. “I encourage everyone from throughout the region to be the first to experience the glorious acoustics, spectacular views and historical beauty of River Campus by becoming a season ticket holder. 

“Priority seating is available for season ticket holders for a limited time,” he adds. “We are urging people to order their season tickets by June 20 to receive their first choice of seats. However, we want to be sure subscribers understand the process.  We are taking seating preferences in the order they are received, but no seats will be officially assigned until season ticket sales end June 20.  This allows us to assign seats for the individual series while still giving Master season ticket holders first priority.”

Master season ticket holders will have the opportunity to take in professional touring shows, symphony concerts and University theatre productions from the majesty of the Bedell Performance Hall or the intimacy of the flexible theatre.  Master season tickets entitle holders to priority seating for all events encompassing a Touring Series, Theatre and Dance Series, and Symphony Series during the opening 2007-2008 season. 

Cerchio explains, “Season ticket holders can retain their seat location from year to year, with the option to move to better seats when available.  Season ticket patrons also receive top seating priority for special events.”

Season tickets may be ordered by mail, phone or in person at the Rose Theatre Box Office located in the Grauel Building on the corner of Normal Avenue and Pacific Street in Cape Girardeau. Cerchio says master season ticket orders will be filled in advance of individual series ticket orders.  Sales for individual performances will go on sale June 25 after season ticket sales end June 20.  For more information on the 2007-2008 opening season at River Campus, visit www.semo.edu/rivercampus.

The Rose Theatre Box Office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and can be reached by phone at (573) 651-2265.

Master season tickets for all three series – the Touring Series, the Symphony Series, and the Theatre and Dance Series — are $350 for the orchestra and first balcony area in the Bedell Performance Hall and $289 in the mezzanine and second balcony areas.

Tickets for only the Touring Series are $200 for a seat in the orchestra and first balcony and $170 for a seat in the mezzanine and second balcony.

Tickets for only the Theatre and Dance Series are $67 in the orchestra and first balcony area and $61 for a seat in the mezzanine and second balcony area.

Tickets for only the Symphony Series are $83 for the orchestra and first balcony area and $58 for the mezzanine and second balcony area.

To view a diagram of the Bedell Performance Hall, visit http://www.semo.edu/rivercampus/tickets/index.htm. Checks or money orders should be made payable to Southeast Missouri State University. Credit card – MasterCard, Visa and Discover – payments also will be accepted.

Tickets for individual events will go on sale Monday, June 25. Special orders for handicapped, group sales, or adjustments to existing orders will be handled by the regular box office.   

Cerchio says mail orders will be accepted using an order form available for download at http://www.semo.edu/liberalarts/images/RiverCampus_SeasonTicketForm_2007.pdf.

For the Theatre/Dance Series, all six events have multiple dates.

“Patrons will be sent vouchers, which may be redeemed for the date of their choice. The sooner they redeem the voucher, the better their selection of seats,” he said.

Touring Series

The Touring Series will open with Shaolin Warriors on Oct. 31, followed by the American Indian Dance Theatre on Nov. 3, the St. Petersburg Ballet: “Swan Lake” on Jan. 17, “Late Nite Catechism” on Feb. 1, “Ring of Fire” on Feb. 13 and Hal Holbrook in “Mark Twain Tonight!” on April 26.   Shaolin WarriorsShaolin Warriors is a fully choreographed theatrical production bringing skill, stunning movement and spectacular imagery of Kung Fu to the stage. The production will be performed by Buddhist monks of China’s Shaolin Temple, a sect known throughout the world for its disciplined spiritualism and deadly martial-arts prowess. These Kung Fu masters have trained from a very young age in mental and physical disciplines, which allow them to perform feats once thought only possible in the movies.

They toured North America with great success in 2000, 2002 and 2004 including performances at venues such as New York, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Boston, Washington, D.C., Chicago and the Hummingbird Centre in Toronto. After returning to China for several years to work on the show, the monks are ready to make a triumphant return to North America.

American Indian Dance TheatreThe American Indian Dance Theatre was founded in 1987 by playwright/director Hanay Geiogamah and produced by the late Barbara Schwei. It is the country’s leading Native American performing company. The 16 to 18 dancers, singers and musicians have performed to acclaim in virtually every state and have toured to theatres and festivals in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Australia, often with the support of the U.S. State Department.

The company has taped two television specials for the PBS Great Performance Series, one of which was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award. Its multi-week engagements at the Joyce Theatre in New York City have regularly played to enthusiastic, sell-out audiences. In the last few seasons, the troupe has performed in more than 50 cities across the country, including a week-long engagement for the Kennedy Center’s Youth and Family Program Division and a three-week tour of the Northwest.

During the 2007-2008 season, the company, whose members have been recruited from as many as 10 different tribes from across the nation, will offer a new production, portions of which premiered a few years ago at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts. Geiogamah, head of the American Indian Studies Center at UCLA, continues as the director of American Indian Dance Theatre.

St. Petersburg Ballet: “Swan Lake”In 1996, the St. Petersburg Ballet was founded as the first Theatre of Ballet in Russia under the management of the People’s Artist of Russia, Professor Peter Gusev. Gusev’s credentials included being an artist of Leningrad Opera and Ballet Theatre; the director of the Kirov Ballet; organizer of the Ballet Theatre in Beijing and ballet schools in Shanghai and Guanchjou; and a balletmaster in the Maly Opera and Ballet Theatre, as well as in the Novosibirsk Theatre.

In 1969, the post of artistic director and manager was occupied by the prominent choreographer, outstanding balletmaster, Honored Artist of Russia and State Prize Laureate Leonid Jacobson. In 1976, his friend and favorite dancer Askold Makarov, the leading soloist of the Kirov ballet, became his successor and served until his death in December 2000.

Since 2001, the post of artistic director was occupied by the famous choreographerᾰPeople’s Artist of Russia, State Prize Laureate of Russia, and Laureate to International Ballet competitionᾰYuri Petukhov.

The St. Petersburg Ballet constantly extends its sphere of activity. Its creativity has accumulated over the years, and the mastery of the high traditions of Russian Ballet is being passed on to a younger generation of artists, both Russian and foreign. 

“Late Nite Catechism”Now in its 11th year, “Late Nite Catechism” has brought its nostalgic kick to every state in the United States as well as to Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. “Late Nite Catechism,” by Maripat Donovan, Jimmy Doyle, Kathryn Gallagher and Marc Silvia, is an uproariously funny play that takes the audience back to their youth. The irrepressible “Sister” teaches class to a roomful of “students” (the audience). Throughout the course of the class, the benevolent instructor rewards the “students” for correct answers with glow-in-the-dark rosaries and other nifty prizes.  Naughty students may well find themselves on stage sitting in a corner reflecting on their actions. However, even the most reluctant “students” will be clamoring to get into this Sister’s “class.”

“Ring of Fire” – The Music of the Man in BlackThe music of the Man in Black ignites the stage in the new Broadway musical “Ring of Fire,” featuring 38 signature songs from the legendary Johnny Cash. Stories of passion, redemption, humor and salvation set the stage ablaze in this musical celebration of the world’s most favorite rebel. With favorites like “Walk the Line,” “Hurt,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “A Boy Named Sue,” and the title track “Ring of Fire,” audiences will tap their toes, stomp their feet and shout for more. Variety calls “Ring of Fire,” “Hot!”

Hal Holbrook in “Mark Twain Tonight!”“Mark Twin Tonight” is, quite simply, one of the most acclaimed and enduring performances in the history of theatre. Nearly 50 years ago, a young actor took the stage in a tiny off-Broadway theatre and introduced the world to a man they’d never forget. The actor was Hal Holbrook. The man was Mark Twain.

In November 1996, the Washington Post wrote, “Holbrook’s characterization of the great novelist and raconteur is, to this day, a work in progress. The transformation is so complete as to be almost unsettling at times.  The combination of Holbrook’s physical and vocal talents and the potency of Twain’s words is a mesmerizing thing to behold.”

The Desert Sun in Palm Desert, Calif., wrote in January 1995, “It’s all very politically incorrect and very, very funny. Holbrook as Twain had the nearly full house screaming with laughter and crying for mercy. If you’d closed your eyes during Holbrook’s tour de force, you’d have sworn this was a contemporary commentary.”

Theatre/Dance Series

Big River,” the premiere performance in the Bedell Performance Hall, will open the Theatre and Dance season Oct. 24-28. It is a hugely popular musical adapted from the novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

Then on Nov. 8-10, the Fall Dance Concert, an informal, in-studio performance, showcases the creative and sometimes avant-garde inspirations of aspiring student choreographers’ works-in-progress.

Coyote Ugly” will be performed Nov. 28-Dec. 2 in the Flexible Theatre. It explores the twisted psyches of its unique, damaged characters and will fascinate audiences with its audacious wit and wild swings between outrageous humor and chilling violence.

Crimes of the Heart” comes to the Flexible Theatre Feb. 6-10. The story of three sisters who reunite at their family home in Mississippi, “Crimes of the Heart,” tells how they begin to make their tearful, hilarious way to a better day as they revisit long-ignored familial issues.

Dance-apalooza 2008 is slated for Feb. 28 to March 2 in the Bedell. Dance-apalooza is the larger dance concert of the season and will feature faculty and guest choreographers, state-of-the-art professional lighting, music and costume design. It will be a feast of the senses for all ages and an inspiring collaboration of theatre, dance, art and music.  It may even feature the final, polished version of one of the studio performances seen in the Fall Dance Concert.

Closing out the Theatre and Dance season will be “Biloxi Blues” April 10-12 and April 18-20 in the Bedell Performance Hall. “Biloxi Blues,” the second of Neil Simon’s trilogy of semi-autobiographical plays, is a coming-of-age story of Eugene Jerome, a New York City Jew who is uprooted and transplanted to Biloxi, Miss., for basic training in the U.S. Army in the final years of World War II.

Symphony Series

Four concerts will comprise the Symphony Series, plus a touring concert by the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. All will be presented in the Bedell Performance Hall.

The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra will kick off its 2007-2008 season at River Campus Nov. 6 when it features Cape Girardeau native Liesl Schoenberger as violin soloist. The season will continue Dec. 7-8 when the Orchestra, Choral Union and University Choir join forces in performing Handel’s “Messiah.”

The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra is a full 55-piece symphonic orchestra that performs the great symphonic repertoire from the 18th century to today. The orchestra gives four concerts each year. Recent highlights have been performances of such works as Dvorak’s “New World Symphony,” Orff’s “Carmina Burana,” Shostakovich’s “5th Symphony” and Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite,” as well as Rachmaninoff’s “2nd Piano Concerto.”

The Choral Union is the University’s largest choir. Each semester, singers from the University and the community gather to rehearse and perform major choral works with the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra. The Choral Union has performed masterworks from Handel’s “Messiah” to Rutter’s “Requiem,” as well as works commissioned especially for Southeast Missouri State University. 

The University Choir is Southeast’s premiere choral ensemble. Open to all University students by audition, this 50-voice choir performs vocal music of the highest qualityᾰnot just from the classical choral repertoireᾰbut spirituals and folk songs from America and abroad.

On March 4, the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra will perform its first concert of the spring 2008 semester.

Highlighting the symphony season will be a matinee performance April 13 by the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. Founded in 1880, the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra is recognized internationally, performing a broad musical repertoire with skill and spirit.  In the 2006-2007 season, the Saint Louis Symphony continues to build upon its reputation for musical excellence while maintaining its commitment to local education and community activities.

The Saint Louis Symphony expanded its audience through frequent tours of the Midwest and the East and West Coasts in the 1980s and 1990s. Tours to Europe in 1985, 1993 and 1998, and to the Far East in 1986, 1990 and 1995, spread the reputation of the Orchestra throughout the world. Appearances at New York’s Carnegie Hall continue to garner critical acclaim. Recordings by the Symphony have been honored with six Grammy Awards and 56 Grammy nominations.

Closing out the Symphony Series on April 29, 2008, will be the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra which will again collaborate with the Choral Union and University Choir in a spring concert featuring student winners of the annual Concerto/Aria competition.

River Campus 2007-2008 Season of Events

Oct. 24 – 28 “Big River” TDOct. 31 Shaolin Warriors TSNov. 3 American Indian Dance Theatre TSNov. 6 Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra SSNov. 8 – 10 Fall Dance Concert TDNov. 28– Dec. 2 “Coyote Ugly” TDDec. 7 – 8 “Messiah” SSJan. 17 St. Petersburg Ballet: “Swan Lake” TSFeb. 1 “Late Nite Catechism” TSFeb. 6 – 10 “Crimes of the Heart” TDFeb. 13 “Ring of Fire” – The Music of the Man in Black TSFeb. 28 – Mar. 2 Dance-apalooza 2008 TDMar. 4 Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra SSApril 10 – 12 & 18 – 20  “Biloxi Blues” TDApril 13 Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra SSApril 26 Hal Holbrook in “Mark Twain Tonight!” TSApril 29 Orchestra and Choir SS

TD = Theatre & Dance Series; TS = Touring Series; SS = Symphony Series