CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 19, 2012 – Students enrolled in “Class Voice for Musical Theatre III” in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Southeast Missouri State University will perform a recital at 3 p.m. Dec. 2 in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at Southeast’s River Campus.
The event allows Southeast singing students to display the skills they have learned throughout the semester in a course designed to teach them advanced vocal technique and principles for performing.
According to Judith Farris, the Department of Theatre and Dance’s artist in residence and vocal director, “This recital format is especially enjoyable for the audience because it gives them the opportunity to watch and hear the performers ‘up close and personal.’ There is no help from scenery or costumes, and movement is at a minimum. The students have only their voices and the lyrics to convey their emotions to the audience.”
“The recital is a great opportunity for patrons to hear students in a recital setting,” added Joe Mason, accompanist for the class. “Patrons may have seen the class participants in different roles in the musicals produced throughout the season but may not have had the chance to hear them as soloists. This is their chance to do so.”
“Class Voice III for Musical Theatre” is the most advanced vocal class available to Southeast students.
“This means the performers are among the best singers currently in the department,” said Farris. “We expect many or all of them to one day be performing in the professional world. Most of our audience members take special pleasure in observing our students’ progress throughout their training at Southeast. This annual event especially gives them the opportunity to see that. It is also very helpful for the students to see and feel the audience’s support.”
The repertoire of the recital ranges from early Broadway to contemporary Broadway, from more traditional pieces by Irving Berlin and Richard Rodgers to more emerging contemporary musical theatre pieces by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.
“The Shuck Recital Hall is fantastic and picks up the acoustics really well,” said David Scherer, who has been attending the recital since its inception. “I like the intimate setting of just one piano player and one singer with no microphones. I don’t think you can get purer music than that.”
The recital is free and open to the public; it will last about one hour with no intermission.
“At our University, we are lucky to have a person of Judith’s quality,” said Robyn Gross, who regularly attends the performance and whose daughter is performing at the event this year. “Our students have a rich quality behind their voices. Judith uses a special technique to get as much out of these students as she can. It is amazing to behold.”