Extravaganza to Send Theatre and Dance Students to NYC, Los Angeles to Network with Industry Professionals


Get lost in the world of theatre and dance with students from Southeast Missouri State University as they perform two acts featuring a variety of numbers from multiple shows along with original choreography at The Conservatory of Theatre and Dance’s Extravaganza on March 22.

This night of entertainment – including acting, singing, dancing — allows Bachelor of Fine Arts majors to display their talents for family and friends and serves as the primary fund-raiser to send these graduating seniors to New York or Los Angeles later in the spring. There, they will participate in a series of master classes, showcase their talents, and network with agents, managers and casting directors at a private reception as they launch their careers in theatre and dance.

The Extravaganza will be held at the Isle Casino Cape Girardeau Events Center with a 5:30 p.m. social, followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and performances at 7 p.m. The evening also will include the popular Prize-Apalooza and a live auction.

This year’s entertainment will be a showcase of work by both freshmen and transfer students as well as seniors. Act One will allow new students to perform in a variety of genres, while Act Two will present seniors in acting scenes, musical theatre numbers and dance who will participate in the Senior Showcases in New York and Los Angeles.

“Audience members will get to see our bright new talent, many of which this will be their first performance for Southeast Conservatory. They will be able to see the incredible growth displayed by our seniors,” said Rhonda Weller-Stilson, associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and director of the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts at Southeast Missouri State University.

The Theatre and Dance Society is hosting the Extravaganza. Sponsors of the Extravaganza are Isle Casino Cape Girardeau, SoutheastHealth, Saxony Village and Commerce Bank.

Tickets are $50 per person or $375 for tables of eight. Seating is limited. To purchase tickets and to RSVP, visit semo.edu/showcasegive. For more information, contact Theresa Messmer in The Conservatory of Theatre and Dance at tmessmersemo.edu or (573) 651-2210.