Theatre and Dance Students to Hold Senior Showcase at River Campus


Selected Students to Perform in New York City

by News Bureau on Wednesday, May. 01, 2013

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 26, 2013 – 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 4 and 2 p.m. May 5 in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre at the 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 be performing songs, monologues and dances they have perfected throughout on-campus workshops presented by invited professionals.

Those performing in the musical theatre/acting numbers are Joe Hartz, Dalton Riddle, Sami Gross, Suzanne Burke, Joe Capstick, Hannah Matthews Moore, Megan Walton, Emily Johnson, Stefanie Kluba, Ashley Boyd, Keith Johnson, Tayloir Pace, and Alissa Brooks.

Those performing in the dance numbers will be Kelcey Matheny, Laura Roth, Tayloir Pace and Joe Capstick.

“We are thrilled to be presenting our 4th Annual Cape Girardeau Showcase and our 3rd Annual New York City Showcase,” said Dr. Kenneth Stilson, professor of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Southeast. “We have such a talented group of seniors this year. We’re so proud of their accomplishments, and we hope to see all our community supporters at the terrific show these students have put together.”

Corporate sponsors for the Cape Girardeau Senior Showcase are Rhodes 101 Convenience Stores, SoutheastHEALTH, Commerce Bank, Saxony Village and Southeast Missouri State University.

Theatre and dance students, based on their performance throughout this academic year, have been selected to advance to New York City to perform before agents, casting directors, alumni and friends of the University, according to Stilson.

“We are honored to present these students to the numerous industry professionals in New York City, and we’re thrilled to announce that Brad Ross, composer of the Off-Broadway hit, ‘Little By Little,’ will be attending the New York rehearsal at Shetler Studios,” said Stilson. “Later that afternoon, Oscar and Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Joel Grey will be serving on our showcase panel and providing feedback and advice to the students immediately following the presentation.”

The New York City Showcase is scheduled for 3 p.m. May 14 at Shetler Studios and Theatres Inc., Penthouse Studio I, 244 West 54th Street in New York City.

“These students have very bright futures ahead of them, and we couldn’t be more proud for them to represent our university as alums throughout their careers,” Stilson said.

The Cape Girardeau Senior Showcase allows friends and family members of the participants and other interested community members who are not able to travel to New York City to attend the show locally, Stilson said. The Cape Girardeau Senior Showcase is open to the public and serves as a fund raiser for future Senior Showcase activities. The department is requesting a $10 donation from the public and a $5 donation from students. Tickets will be available at the door. This production may contain adult language and content.