Fine Dining, Theatre, Orchestra Converge in Art Cuisine at Southeast’s River Campus


LOC-RiverCampusCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 12, 2014 – Ticket holders for six major performances at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus this season will have the opportunity to enjoy a fine dining experience in Southeast’s newest dining facility.

“We wanted to offer this service to our patrons to add to the River Campus experience,” said Rhonda Weller-Stilson, director of the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts and associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

Robert Cerchio,assistant director of Southeast’s Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts, said Art Cuisine will be offered in St. Vincent Commons located in the new River Campus Center.

“It’s an opportunity to enjoy the entire evening, starting with fine dining in our newest facility and concluding with an outstanding performance,” said Cerchio.

Art Cuisine will be offered prior to the following performances:

–          “Hairspray: The Broadway Musical” (Theatre and Dance Series), Friday, Oct. 10 or Saturday, Oct. 11

–          “Anything Goes” (Touring Series) Friday, Nov. 1, 2014

–          “Schubert, Mass In G Major” (Symphony Series), Tuesday, Dec. 2

–          “The King and I” (Theatre and Dance Series), Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

–          “Memphis” (Touring Series), Monday, March 30, 2015

For $21 per person, which includes the meal, tax and gratuity along with preferred parking, patrons will receive a choice of three entrées, some related to the show theme – such as Salmon Rockefeller for the ocean-bound performance of  “Anything Goes” –  including a vegetarian selection.  Each meal will also include a gourmet salad, dessert, tea and coffee. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at an additional charge. All dinners will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m., with performances to follow at 7:30 p.m.  St. Vincent Commons is a two-minute walk from the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall.

According to Weller-Stilson, there are many benefits of partaking in Art Cuisine. By arriving early, patrons will get the closest parking and the convenience of not having to rush through a meal elsewhere to get to a performance.

“People can come have a leisurely meal and then walk to the performance,” said Weller-Stilson.

If patrons have already purchased tickets for a different performance of “Hairspray” or “The King and I” and would like to participate in Art Cuisine, they may contact the River Campus Box Office to exchange their tickets for available seats on the nights when a meal is being offered.

Reservations must be received no later than four days before the Art Cuisine date. As seating is limited, patrons are encouraged to make Art Cuisine reservations as soon as possible by calling (573) 651-2511.

Since Art Cuisine is offered as an addition to the performances, performance tickets must be purchased separately from the River Campus Box Office at (573) 651-2265 or online at