Southeast Partnering with Discovery Playhouse on Saturday Discover the Arts Program


EVT-ArtEscapeCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 18, 2014 – Students and faculty at the Southeast Missouri State University River Campus are partnering with the Discovery Playhouse in Cape Girardeau this year on a program that will give children hands-on lessons in all areas of the arts.

The theme for the program is Discover the Arts at Discovery Playhouse, and it will feature monthly 10 a.m. Saturday events for children from October to April.

Discover the Arts at Discovery Playhouse monthly events will include:

  • Oct. 11: Hands on art activity organized by Carol Horst, instructor of art and education, and art education majors
  • Nov. 15: Fall for Dance presentation and children’s dance activity organized by Hilary Peterson, professor of theatre and dance, and dance majors
  • Dec. 6: Percussion presentation organized by Dr. Shane Mizicko, associate professor of music, prior to the Holiday Percussion concert
  • Jan. 24: Hands-on art activity organized by Horst and art education majors
  • Feb. 14: “The King and I” presentation and theatre games organized by Dr. Kenn Stilson, professor of theatre & dance, and musical theatre majors
  • March 28: “Spring Sing” in honor of Music in Our Schools Month organized by Mary Mims, instructor of music and middle & secondary education, and music education majors
  • April 11: Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum art outreach project organized by Ellen Hahs, museum curator for Southeast

According to 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, a partnership between the River Campus and Discovery Playhouse has been considered for years.

“It was very collaborative,” said Weller-Stilson. “We wanted to expose the children to more art at Discovery Playhouse.”

Executive Director of Discovery Playhouse Pansy Glenn says the partnership is mutually beneficial, both for the River Campus and Discovery Playhouse.

“The University has a wide variety of the arts that we can expose to the children,” said Glenn. “I think they [children]will love it because they will be seeing different types of art, and that will stimulate them. That is what we hope for.”

Each event will feature hands-on projects for the children who attend as well as provide hands-on experience for the Southeast students running the workshops, especially those majoring in art education and music education.

“It is a really nice way for them [students]to apply what they learn in the classroom,” said Weller-Stilson. “They all need exposure and experience working with children, and this will give them that.”

Patrons will pay admission to the Discovery Playhouse, but there will be no additional charge to attend the events.