The Department of Theatre and Dance at Southeast Missouri State University will hold its annual Senior Showcase, a cabaret for graduating seniors, at 7:30 p.m. May 6-7 in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre at Southeast’s River Campus.
A reception will follow both performances in the John and Betty Glenn Convocation Center.
The Senior Showcase assists in professionally promoting graduating seniors who have completed their Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Arts with a performance emphasis. The students will perform for invited agents, casting directors and professional actors from New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. Select seniors will perform songs, monologues and dance pieces they have perfected through on-campus workshops presented by invited professionals.
Those performing in the musical theatre/acting numbers will be Taylor Asberry of Ironton, Missouri; Mason Brown, India Duff Shanelle, Sarah Girardier, Erin Goodenough, Michael Hegger, Kaylin Kellin and Brendan O’Brian, all of St. Louis, Missouri; Shawn Cahail of Camdenton, Missouri; Coline Duncan of Columbia, Missouri; Perri Nicole Edwards of Webster Groves, Missouri; Robert Rice of Sullivan, Missouri; Kalena Schubert of Perryville, Missouri; Maclin Schweger of Edwardsville, Illinois; Molly Smith of Poplar Bluff, Missouri; and Grace and Rebecca Taylor of Bloomfield, Missouri.
Those performing dance numbers will be Brandace Anderson and Jessica Carlson of St. Louis, Missouri; Martiqua Hopkins of Memphis, Tennessee; Riley James of Monroe City, Missouri; Natasha Lipscombe of Perryville, Missouri; Amanda Marsh of Marion, Illinois; Hannah Matheny of Bradford, Tennessee; Erin Stevens of Paris, Tennessee; and Julia Tosches of Collierville, Tennessee.
Those participating in the design/technology area will be Jaclyn Baumgartner of St. Louis, Missouri, and Jessica Pfau of Jackson, Missouri.
The Senior Showcase is designed to present Southeast Theatre and Dance graduates to New York agents, casting directors and working professional actors to give them a jump-start on their professional careers as actors, dancers and designers.
“The Senior Showcase is the pinnacle of students’ careers at Southeast,” said Dr. Kenn Stilson, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance. “Every year it’s designed for seniors graduating from our program and planning their next step. They want to be professionals in their fields, and this is designed to be their transition from life as a student to life as a professional, and also it’s there to help launch their careers.”
Corporate sponsors for the Senior Showcase are Rhodes 101, Saxony Village, Southeast Health, Commerce Bank and Isle Casino.
Theatre and dance students, based on their performance throughout this academic year, have been selected to advance to New York City to perform May 17 before agents, casting directors, industry professionals, alumni and friends of the University. “Southeast on Broadway” is scheduled for 2 p.m. Those selected will perform onstage at the Michael Howard Studios in New York City.
Those selected to perform in “Southeast on Broadway” are Asberry, Brown, Cahail, Shanelle, Edwards, Girardier, Goodenough, Hegger, Kellin, Schubert, Schweger, Smith, Grace Taylor, Rebecca Taylor, Duncan, O’Brien, Carlson, Hannah Matheny, Hopkins, James, Marsh, Stevens, Lipscome and Anderson
The Cape Girardeau Senior Showcase is open to the public. Reservations may be made with a donation to the Department of Theatre and Dance by calling (573) 651-2149.