CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 10, 2012 – The Enterprise Holdings Foundation has awarded a $4,000 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 with a degree in the performing arts at Southeast. The students perform for invited agents, casting directors and professional actors from major metropolitan markets. “The Senior Showcase in Cape Girardeau and the New York City Showcases are two of the pinnacle events for majors in the Department of Theatre and Dance,” said Dr. Kenn Stilson, interim chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance. “The showcases provide them a launching pad from which to begin their early post-graduate careers.
“It would be impossible for us to give these talented and deserving students these opportunities without the generous support from our patrons and from such wonderfully supportive corporations as Enterprise,” Stilson said. “The money from this grant will have a huge impact on these young professionals, and it is appreciated more than they will ever know.”
The Senior Showcase is a new program launched in 2010. 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. Selected students will 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.
Photo Caption: Bill Holland, vice president for University Advancement and executive director of the Southeast Missouri University Foundation; Angie Wilson, Southeast director of development; Rhonda Weller-Stilson, associate dean of the Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts and director of the River Campus; Jared Weston, Enterprise area manager for southeast Missouri; Mike Beckham, Enterprise Cape Girardeau branch manager.