CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 24, 2014 – The Department of Theatre and Dance at Southeast Missouri State University will hold its annual Senior Showcase, a cabaret for graduating seniors, at 7:30 p.m. May 9-10 in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre at Southeast’s River Campus.
A reception will follow both performances in the John and Betty Glenn Convocation Center.
The Senior Showcase assists in professionally promoting graduating seniors who have completed their Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts with a performance emphasis. The students will perform for invited agents, casting directors and professional actors from New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. Select seniors will perform songs, monologues, and dance pieces they have perfected through on-campus workshops presented by invited professionals.
Those performing in the musical theatre/acting numbers are: Jacob Buckenmyer of Cape Girardeau, Alyssa Cooper of Lee’s Summit, Mo., Madison Doty of Cape Girardeau, Molly Dowd of St. Louis, Andrew Gehrlein of Rolla, Mo., Beth Guebert of Naperville, Ill., William Humphrey of Owasso, Okla., Courtney Kestermont of Festus, Mo., Kyle Morr of St. Charles, Mo., Ronnie Rossi of Lake St. Louis, and Shannon Walton of Arlington, Tenn.
Those performing dance numbers will be: Laura Goeing of Plainfield, Ill., Katrina Guittar of Fulton, Mo., Taylor Holiman of Columbia, Mo., Leshay Mathis of O’Fallon, Ill., and Garrett Welker of Perryville, Mo.
Those participating in the design/technology area are: Tara Meyer of Cape Girardeau.
The Senior Showcase is designed to present Southeast Theatre and Dance graduates to New York agents, casting directors and working professional actors to give them a jump-start to their profession careers as actors, dancers and designers.
“Performing is tough career field to break into, so the Senior Showcase gives our graduates a chance to get their foot in the door of the people who can get their careers off the ground,” said Dr. Phil Nacy, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance.
Corporate sponsors for the Senior Showcase are: Commerce Bank; Rhodes 101 Convenience Stores; Saxony Village; and SoutheastHEALTH.
Theatre and dance students, based on their performance throughout this academic year, have been selected to advance to New York City to perform May 20 before agents, casting directors, industry professionals, alumni and friends of the University, according to Nacy. The New York City Showcase is scheduled for 2 p.m. EST at Shetler Studios in New York City.
Those selected to perform in the New York City Showcase are: Buckenmyer, Cooper, Doty, Dowd, Gehrlein, Guebert, Humphrey, Kestermont, Morr and Walton.
Mathis will perform in the New York City Dance Workshops. Goeing, Guittar and Holiman will participate in master classes in Chicago, while Rossi and Meyer traveled to Los Angeles to audition and interview with industry professionals.
The Cape Girardeau Senior Showcase allows friends and family members of the participants and other interested community members who are not able to travel to New York City to attend the show locally, Nacy said.
“Many parents, family members and friends of the performers make the trip to Cape Girardeau to see the students perform,” he added. “In fact, the shows are often performed to full houses, both performances. It’s a chance for the parents to see their sons and daughters at the high point of their college careers, performing on stage the skills they’ve learned during their time as Southeast Theatre & Dance students. Some of the parents make the trip to New York City, too, but most attend the Cape Girardeau performances as a ‘bon voyage’ to their children as they transition from college student to working professional performers and designers.”
The Cape Girardeau Senior Showcase is open to the public. Reservations may be made with a donation to the Department of Theatre and Dance by calling (573) 651-2149.