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Congratulations to Dana Powell!

Dana Powell

Congratulations to Dana Powell on her contributions to Modern Family! Modern Family was presented an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series at the 66th Primetime Emmy Award ceremony. In the series, she plays Pameron Tucker, the older sister to Eric Stonestreet’s character. Dana Powell graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Other films include: Bridesmaids, Suburagtory, and Arrested Development.


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Last-minute auditions!

There is excitement in the air here at Theatre & Dance as we prepare for the 2014/15 production season. We are hitting the ground running with last-minute auditions for both the 2014 Fall Dance Concert and Inertia Dance Company. Auditions will be held Wednesday, August 20th at 6:00pm in McDonald 203. You will want to wear close-fitting dancewear, and if you are planning to audition for Inertia, you will also need to bring your tap shoes. We are looking for energetic, creative, passionate dancers; don’t pass up this opportunity to show us what you’ve got!

For more information about the Fall Dance Concert, contact Ruth Barnes: RuthBarnes@missouristate.edu.
For information about Inertia Dance Company, contact Darryl Clark: DarrylClark@missouristate.edu.


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Musical theatre majors find professional settings for summer

On behalf of musical theatre, we are happy to announce that half of the musical theatre majors will be working in a professional theatrical setting this summer.AChorusLine_2


  • Madeline Bowdon: King’s Dominion (VA) (hired by RWS Associates)
  • Allyson Dixon: Hershey Park (PN) (hired by Matt Davenport Productions)
  • Matt Dumke: Crane River Theatre Co (NE), Galt House (KY)
  • Laurel Gawlick: Tent Theatre
  • Gavin Juckette: Idlewild & Soakzone (PA) (hired by RWS Associates)
  • Elizabeth Klemm: Disney College Program (Character) (FL)
  • Tyler Whiteman:Tibbets Opera House (MI)


  • Mitchell Brauer: Tent Theatre
  • Carl Glenn: Great Plains Theatre (KS), Grandstreet Theatre (MT)
  • Kayleigh Greenwood: Tent Theatre
  • Jalen Lee: Clinton Showboat Theatre (IA)
  • Alana St. John: Tent Theatre


  • Alex Baylard: Worlds of Fun
  • Courtney Bollig: Tent Theatre
  • Alec Brown: Tent Theatre
  • Camille Clossum: Great Plains Theatre (KS)
  • Samantha Hayes: Tent Theatre
  • Leah Koclanes: Tent Theatre
  • Paula Landry: Disney College Program (FL)
  • Corey Todd: Tent Theatre


  • Victoria Citro: Worlds of Fun
  • Nichola Driscoll: Tent Theatre
  • Hannah Green: Tent Theatre
  • Taryn Haley: Tent Theatre
  • Emma Rathe: Tent Theatre
  • Jordan Woods: Tent Theatre

Congratulations to everyone on their amazing opportunities and all of the hard work they’ve put in this year.

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Congratulations to Missouri State University Dancers!



Congratulations to Darrell V. Hyche II (BFA Dance and BS Psychology, 2013), who is a new member of MADCO, St. Louis’ premiere modern dance company!
MADCO (Modern American Dance Company) is a premier dance company that provides audiences with entertaining and innovative dance experiences and inspires students of all ages with integrated education programs . The company is known for its versatile and athletic style, presenting dance that is entertaining for audiences to watch and demanding for dancers to perform. MADCO has wowed audiences throughout the United States and Canada. The company is committed to education and uses dance to promote literacy through it’s popular residency program “Books in Motion.” The 11-member repertory ensemble is headed by Executive and Artistic Director, Stacy West. For more information, visit the MADCO website: http://www.madcodance.com/








Congratulations to the 2014 Inertia Dance Scholarship recipients, Sarah Greenbaum and Melissa Huebner!
Established in 2012, the Inertia Dance Scholarship is awarded to graduating BFA Dance majors who have demonstrated advanced level in technique, and who have the potential to work professionally in the field of dance.



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Congratulations to our Seniors!

The 2014 Los Angeles Showcase performers have garnered work
and/or been called for interviews by:

KMR Talent (LA)
CBS Casting (LA)
Bourne Casting (LA)
NBC Casting (LA)
Industry Entertainment (PA)
Bill Holmes Talent (LA)
Hershey Entertainment (PA)
Pantheon Talent Group (LA)
VOX Talent (LA)
Radius Entertainment (LA)
Telsey & Company (NYC)
Howard Talent (LA)
Tent Theatre (Springfield)
Shawnee Summer Theatre (IN)
Disneyworld Theme Park (FL)
Kings Dominion Theme Parks
KMR Talent (LA)
Galt House Hotel/Theatre (KY)
Grove River Theatre (IL)
Idlewild Theme Park (PA)

Congratulations to our Seniors for all their hard work! We wish them luck on their journeys beyond Missouri State University!

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Spring Dance Concert 2014

April 24-27, 2014

Coger Theatre

Choreographers — Ruth Barnes, Sara Brummel, Darryl Kent Clark, Jennifer Stoessner

Guest Choreographer- Kathleen Ridlon

Student Choreographers- Caitlin Shukwit, Dara Vint

Guest Performer- Kate Riegler

Concert Coordinator — Ruth Barnes

Lighting Designer — Shelbi Arndt

Stage Manager — Dallas Leeper


What Falls Away

Choreographer- Darryl Kent Clark

Music- Charles Koechlin, Sonatine no 2, Movements 2, 3, and 4

Dancers- Darryl Kent Clark, Spencer Ernst, Alex Grossman, Caitlyn Price, Caitlin Shukwit, J.T. “Swink” Summers, Dara Vint, Brooke Wheeler


Choreography- Jennifer Stoessner

Music- Ray Lynch, Tiny Geometries

Dancers- Skyla Booth, Julia Curran, Nick Driscoll, Natalie Gorman, Lora Hakanson, Bruce Robinson, J.T. “Swink” Summers, Chelsea Thomas,

Costumes- Cynthia Winstead, Melinda Robinson, Katie McMahon

School for Thought

Choreography- Kathleen Ridlon* in collaboration with the dancers

Rehearsal Director- Sara Brummel

Music- Acoustek Instumental, Moonshaker and Consume (Plastikman)

Costumes- Elizabeth M. Verslues

Dancers- Victoria Billington, Sarah Greenbaum, Aliyah McBride, Mel McCray, Meredith Peterson, Nicole Polston, Caitlin Shukwit, Alyssa Turner

*Guest Choreographer


Choreography- Caitlin Shukwit

Music- Hildur Gudnadottir, Erupting Light

Dancers- Victoria Billington, Spencer Ernst, Melissa Huebner, Elizabeth Mach, Kyle O’Brien, J.T. “Swink” Summers, Dara Vint


Choreography- Dara Vint

Music- Philip Glass, Violin Concerto, 2nd movement

Costumes- Dara Vint

Dancers- Victoria Billington, Sarah Greenbaum, Alex Grossman, Melissa Huebner, Elizabeth Mach, Caitlin Shukwit, Edyn Mae Tarkany, Kaylee Trost, Brooke Wheeler

Icarus Bound

Choreography- Sarah Brummel

Music- Franz Liszt, Transcendental Etude no. 6: Vision

Dancer- Kate Riegler*

*Guest Dancer

To Begin-

Choreography- Ruth Barnes

Music- Johannes Brahms, Variations on a Theme by Schumann, op. 9

Cotumes- Cynthia Winstead

Dancers- Victoria Billington, Spencer Ernst, Sarah Greenbaum, Melissa Huebner, Elizabeth Mach, Edyn Mae Tarkany, Kahrya Vaughn, Brooke Wheeler

Sun Dance

Choreography- Darryl Kent Clark

Music- Paquito d’Rivera, Habana

Costumes- Louise Herman

Dancers- Molly Haslag, Melissa Huebner, Meredith Peterson, Melanie Sikyta, Kaylee Trost





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The Pirates of Penzance

March 27-30, 2014

Coger Theatre

Scenic Design — Cameron Tesson

Costume Design — Samantha Morrow

Lighting Design — Micheal Foster

Sound Design — Elim Allele

Technical Director — Christopher DePriest

Stage Manager — Mira Horowitz

Marketing Director — Mark Templeton

Choreography- Ruth Barnes

Conductor- Michael Casey

Stage and Musical Director- Dr. Ann Marie Wilcox-Daehn

Major General Stanley- Jalen Lee

Pirate King- Carl Glenn

Samuel- Mitch Brauer

Frederic- Adam Grimes

Ruth- Hannah Green

Sergeant of Police- Bryan Gibson

Mabel- Lizzie Klemm

Edith- Christi McCarthy

Kate- Taryn Haley**

Isabel- Alana St. John

Chorus of Pirates- Alexander Baylard, Travis Burbee, Andrew Gordon, Travis Holt, Martin Wilson*

General Stanley’s Daughters- Victoria Citro, Joy Donnelly, Molly Fowler, Kelly Anne Johnston, Nicole Junkel, Amelia Lawson, Sierra Saylor*

Policemen- Skylar Bartlett, Nick Driscoll, Taylor Marsyla, Bruce Robinson, Charon Session, Eric Swanson

*Denotes Understudy

** Denotes Dance Captain


Production Shots

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Alumnus Nathan Tysen wins 2014 Kleban Prize

The Kleban Foundation recently named Nathan Tysen as one of the recipients for the Kleban Prize. This award is given to lyricists and librettists in order to pursue their craft. Nathan Tysen receives this honor for most promising lyricist. Past honorees have included Jason Robert Brown, David Lindsay-Abaire, and Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez. The winners will collect their awards at a ceremony in June. More information can be found here: http://variety.com/2014/legit/news/two-musical-theater-creatives-score-100k-each-from-kleban-foundation-1201169398/

Nathan Tysen(a Missouri State Alum) has partnered with Chris Miller for projects such as: The Burnt Part Boys, The Fugitive Songs, and Tuck Everlasting. They have also written songs for Sesame Street and The Electric Company. Congratulations for this incredible honor! For more information on Nathan Tysen, check out his website at http://nathantysen.com/.

Miller and Tysen


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