River Campus SEclipse Festival Announces Aug. 21 Event Lineup


Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus has announced its event lineup for its SEclipse Festival Aug. 21 in celebration of the Great American Solar Eclipse.

“Your Bud,” Doug Owens of C106.1 will emcee the day’s events, which are scheduled from 10 a.m.-1:22 p.m. and will feature music, dance and theatrical performances, poetry readings, hands-on family-friendly art experiential activities, and museum exhibitions. The event is free and open to Southeast students, faculty and staff, alumni and regional community members.

“We are excited to present a collaboration of artists to celebrate the eclipse event,” 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. “All areas, including art, dance, music and theatre will be represented, and the program will end in time for the audience to experience the total eclipse.”

In addition to arts activities, solar eclipse glasses and comfort stations with free bottled water will be available. In addition, all buildings will be open for guests as the River Campus celebrates the first day of the fall 2017 semester.

“We encourage people to bring their own chairs or blankets and enjoy the festivities with us,” Weller-Stilson said.

Beginning at 10 a.m., guests are invited to celebrate this special event with their own hand-printed T-shirt and commemorative button.

Southeast’s Department of Art and Catapult Creative House will host a screen-printing and block-printing T-shirt booth and commemorative button-making booth in the courtyard behind the Cultural Arts Center. Southeast faculty and students along with visiting artists Alejandra Mares, Juan José Huerta and Xavier Moreno from León, Mexico, will help guests create their one-of-a-kind T-shirt art, complete with glow-in-the-dark paint options.

Guests can also decorate and construct a commemorative button to celebrate this celestial event.

“NASA: The Spirit of Discovery” exhibit will open at 10 a.m. in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum, located in the Cultural Arts Center. The exhibit includes museum-quality models tracing the history of NASA’s exploration of the Moon during the 1960s. Displays highlight rockets, capsules and moon landings used during the space race. In addition, a reproduction of an Apollo spacesuit and information about the total solar eclipse will be displayed.

Guests can also pick up pinhole viewers decorated by Louise Bodenheimer, professor of art at Southeast.

Music, dance and theatrical, and poetry reading performances will begin at 11:52 a.m. on the Seminary Quad and will feature a variety of talented Southeast students and faculty.

Totality is expected to begin at 1:20:21 p.m. (CDT) and last for one minute and 45 seconds.

Eclipse glasses will be provided to students, faculty and guests.

For more information about SEclipse, visit eclipse.semo.edu.

The performance line-up is as follows:

11:52 a.m.: Southeast Marching Band Drum Line

Noon: Nick Kenney, assistant professor of horn at Southeast, will perform a French horn solo titled “Interstellar Call” by Messiaen.

12:05 p.m.: Southeast students from The Conservatory of Theatre and Dance’s dance program will present a structured improvisation dance ensemble around the theme of the sun and moon using the large sculptures in the Seminary Quad.

12:10 p.m.: Southeast students Abigail Becker and Adam Schween, sophomore musical theatre majors, will perform “Mooning” from the classic Broadway musical “Grease.”

12:15 p.m.: Southeast student Bridget Dixon will read “Elara,” a lovely poem that tells the fantastical story of the moon’s origins, plucked from the womb of its cosmic mother.

12:20 p.m.: Bart Williams, assistant professor of acting and stage combat at Southeast, and Jenna Moore, assistant professor of musical theatre and vocal performance, will perform Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart.”

12:25 p.m.: Southeast students Christopher Albertson and Ellen Carr, theatre majors, will perform “A Merry Olde Portentous Eclipse,” a humorous scene of choreographed stage fighting poking fun at the medieval superstitions of eclipses.

12:30 p.m.: Southeast students from The Conservatory’s dance program will present an energetic group dance to the classic hit “Walking on Sunshine,” by Katerina & The Waves.

12:35 p.m.: Southeast student Alisa Cooper will perform a solo tap dance titled “Into the Stars.”

12:40 p.m.: Southeast student Karma Alvey will read “Nox,” a poem that explores what happens when the eclipse freezes just as the path of totality passes over Cape Girardeau.

12:45 p.m. Faculty Brass Quintet

12:50 p.m.: Southeast student Nick Kuchem will perform Creedance Clearwater Revival’s “Bad Moon Rising.”

12:55 p.m.: Southeast student Austin Neumeyer will read “Shine the Light on Me,” a funny and satirical poem in which a conspiracy theorist offers his own take on how eclipses happen.

1 p.m.: Southeast student Jenna Tansky will perform a solo tap dance titled “Rhythm of the Moon.”

1:05 p.m.: Finale presented by the Southeast Marching Band