From left are Angie Wilson, director of development with the Southeast Missouri University Foundation; Rhonda Weller-Stilson, chair of the Southeast Department of Theatre and Dance; Mark Block, area manager for Enterprise; and Steve Casselman, branch manager of the Cape Girardeau Enterprise office.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,
March 1, 2010 – The Enterprise Holdings Foundation recently awarded a $1,500 grant to the Southeast Missouri University Foundation to support the Department of Theatre and Dance Senior Showcase, a cabaret for graduating seniors.
The Senior Showcase, scheduled for May, assists in professionally promoting graduating seniors who have completed their bachelor of fine arts degree in music theatre or acting at Southeast. The students perform for invited agents, casting directors and professional actors from major metropolitan markets.
“This program provides a performance outlet that will greatly enhance our current recruitment efforts of incoming high-quality students as well as assist graduating seniors with job placement in the areas of theatre and dance,” said Rhonda Weller-Stilson, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance.
“The Department of Theatre and Dance greatly appreciates this donation,” she added. “This grant will benefit this year’s seniors and will have an immediate impact. Without such generosity, we would not be able to bring the Senior Showcase to fruition.”
The Senior Showcase is a new program to be launched this year. Funds from the grant will be used to help cover travel expenses and honorariums for agents, casting directors and professional actors coming to campus to adjudicate the event. Plans are in place for the initiative to continue in forthcoming years with selected students to advance to New York City to perform before agents, casting directors, alumni and friends of the University. The grant also will help support rental of a New York City theatre, travel funds and financial assistance for students next year.