Selected Students Advance to New York City
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 28, 2015 – 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 8-9 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 and 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 are: Sarah Anderson of Belleville, Illinois; Anna Hebrank of Kirkwood, Missouri; Hannah Lundy of Columbia, Illinois; and Allison Wolz of Cape Girardeau.
Those performing dance numbers will be: Amy Coyle of Ballwin, Missouri; Sam Fink of St. Louis, Missouri; Kaitlynn Keller of Springfield, Missouri; Corey Meyer of St. Louis; Shannon O’Keefe of Festus, Missouri; Jessica Parra of Cameron, Missouri; Tiffany Richards of Perry, Missouri; Colleen Spoden of Paducah, Kentucky; and Garret Welker of Jackson, Missouri.
Those participating in the design/technology area are: Matthew Buttrey of Cape Girardeau; Ali Howell of St. Louis; Evyn Johnson of St. Louis; Erin Meadows of Chesterfield, Missouri; and Courtney Rigdon of Sedalia, 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 to their profession careers as actors, dancers and designers.
“The Senior Showcase is the pinnacle event for all the students in this program. It’s something we speak to them about in recruitment, and they start working toward the showcase beginning their first semester freshman year,” said Dr. Kenn Stilson, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance. “Every audition, every class, every rehearsal and every performance helps prepare them for this experience, which will help them transition into the professional world post-graduation.”
Corporate sponsors for the Senior Showcase are: Southeast Health, Rhodes 101, Commerce Bank and Saxony Village.
Theatre and dance students, based on their performance throughout this academic year, have been selected to advance to New York City to perform May 19 before agents, casting directors, industry professionals, alumni and friends of the University. The New York City Showcase is scheduled for 2 p.m. Those selected will perform onstage at the Laurie Beechman Theatre at West Bank Café, 407 W. 42nd Street in New York City. Those selected to perform in the New York City Showcase are Anderson, Hebrank, Lundy and Wolz.
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.