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Tent opens ‘Unnecessary Farce’ on June 23

“All Shook Up” was a great success to kick off the 54th season of Tent Theatre. The summer stock company is now looking forward to the next show on the line-up, “Unnecessary Farce.”

Rookie cops and would-be socialite coming to Tent this summer

This rookie cop comedy is a great addition to this season, themed “the Great Escape,” said Managing Director Mark Templeton.

“The production of ‘Unnecessary Farce’ is a fast paced comedic free-for-all which will have the audience in stitches. This will be a regional premiere of the show,” he said.

The last show of the season will be “My Fair Lady.”

Unnecessary Farce

June 23-July 1

Get ready for non-stop plot twists and side-splitting dialog as this award-winning comedy takes you on a police stakeout at an economy motel. Two rookie cops set out to nab the mayor for embezzlement, but it doesn’t take long for the operation to go hilariously awry.

My Fair Lady

July 6-9, 11-17

Since its 1956 debut, this award-winning musical has delighted audiences with its witty heroine, Cockney street vendor Eliza Doolittle. Her dreams of a life more prosperous than that of a flowerseller make her a great test subject for a phonetics professor who sets out to prove that manner of speaking —not wealth — is what truly sets apart the British social classes.

Ticket information

All performances begin at 8 p.m. on the tent pad behind Craig Hall. Tickets are $16 or $24 for adults, $14 or $22 for seniors, students and children and $12 or $21 for Missouri State faculty, staff and students. Season tickets are $40 or $66 for adults, and $35 or $61 for seniors, students, children, Missouri State faculty, staff and students. Special group rates are available.

To order tickets, call the Missouri State box office at (417) 836-7678 or toll-free at 1 (888) 476-7849. Tickets may also be purchased online.

Pre-show picnics

Show-themed picnic dinners are served from 7-7:45 p.m. for $12 each on the south patio of Craig Hall. Proceeds support the Tent Theatre scholarship fund. These lunches must be ordered at least 24 hours in advance online or by calling (417) 836-7678.

For more information, contact Templeton at (417) 836-4644.

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First musical theatre graduate brings cherished children’s book to Broadway

At 11 years old, musical theatre alumnus Nathan Tysen, ’99, fell in love with a coming-of-age story about eternal life, love and morality.

“‘Tuck Everlasting’ had a profound effect on me,” Tysen said. “When you’re connecting to a character who is the same age as you are and also dealing with universal questions (of mortality and the afterlife) — this book really helped me deal with that.”

Now, nearly 30 years later, the spark that ignited his love of reading has taken him all the way to Broadway.

Photo by Cecilia Traff
Photo by Cecilia Traff

A dream project

Tysen, an award-winning writer and lyricist, was the first student to graduate from Missouri State’s musical theatre program.

Throughout college, the story of young Winnie Foster — who comes to love and protect the Tucks, a family who cannot die after they drink from a spring in the Foster family’s woods —stuck with him.

The idea of a musical adaptation began to fall into place when Tysen met his writing partner Chris Miller in New York University’s graduate musical theatre writing program.

And when they compared their lists of dream projects, “Tuck Everlasting” was at the top for each of them. Tysen said they took that as a sign to seek out the theatrical rights.

Unfortunately, they weren’t the only ones interested. The Walt Disney Company had just bought the cinematic rights for a movie, which would premiere in 2002.

It would be nine years before their vision would be fully realized, and as “Tuck” author Natalie Babbitt writes, “Things can come together in strange ways.”

Andrew Keenan Bolger (center) played the role of Jesse Tuck. Photo by Joan Marcus.
Andrew Keenan Bolger (center) played the role of Jesse Tuck. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Serendipity strikes

Tysen and Miller have gained acclaim in the theatre industry with musicals such as “The Burnt Part Boys” and “Fugitive Songs,” and work for the television series “Sesame Street” and “The Electric Company.”

Tysen, 39, was awarded the Edward Kleban Prize for most promising lyricist and the Fred Ebb Award for excellence in musical theatre songwriting in 2014.

“It took us 16 years to be labeled overnight sensations,” Tysen said.

In 2006, they decided to give “Tuck Everlasting: The Musical” one last shot, pitching the idea to Beth Williams, a producer at Broadway Across America.

“The serendipitous moment of all of this is that night, after a meeting with us, Beth met with another producer, Barry Brown. He slides a book across the table to her and says, ‘So I just got the rights to this book called ‘Tuck Everlasting, and I’m looking for a partner.’”

Part of Broadway history

“Tuck Everlasting: The Musical” made its Broadway debut in April 2016 at the Broadhurst Theatre.

Tysen, the lyricist, wrote all the words for songs, and Miller composed all the music.

TuckEverlastingLogo-620x620“There’s this magical moment when you start adding in all of the technical elements — lights, costumes, set —it’s like you’re letting your baby be raised by a family of the best artists in the world,” Tysen said.

That “family” included director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw (“Something Rotten!,” “Aladdin” and “Book of Mormon”), as well as book writers Claudia Shear and Tim Federle.

Critical reviews called the adaptation “rapturous” (The New York Times) and “wonderfully crafted” (Associated Press).

But the best review, Tysen said, came from the book’s author, Babbitt, who collaborated on the musical, too.

“She was happy that we were loyal to her material, but understood we had to take some liberties in order to make it a viable musical. After seeing the Broadway production, she said, ‘You cracked part of the ending in a way I never could have.’ That was awesome!”

The show, which has now closed, ran for 67 performances and his dream, 15 years in the making, will now be forever immortalized in Broadway history.

The wheels keep moving for Tysen, who is enjoying life as a new father to baby Lucy with his wife, theatre writer Kait Kerrigan.

As for his work, he’ll continue doing what he’s been doing all along: “Following my heart, finding what makes my happy and doing my hardest to making a living at it.”

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Tent Theatre begins June 8 with ‘All Shook Up’

Tent Theatre will rock Craig Hall starting June 8, kicking off the 54th season with “All Shook Up.”

Rock ‘n’ roll rebellion, rookie cop comedy and would-be socialite on tap for 2016 Tent Theatre

Audience members of all ages will enjoy Tent Theatre’s 2016 line up, said Managing Director Mark Templeton. This season’s theme is the “Great Escape.”

“We have been talking about doing ‘All Shook Up’ for several years, and this just seemed to be the right year to do it,” he said. “The production of ‘Unnecessary Farce’ is a fast paced comedic free-for-all which will have the audience in stitches. This will be a regional premiere of the show. ‘My Fair Lady’ is a one of the greatest musicals of all time, and one that has been on our musical theatre director’s bucket list.”

All Shook Up

June 8-11, 13-18

In this jukebox musical, Elvis Presley meets Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” as a guitar-playing, motorcycle-riding roustabout leads residents of a buttoned-up Midwestern town in a rock ’n’ roll rebel. The performance will be bursting with more than two dozen 1950s-era hits, from “Love Me Tender” to “Blue Suede Shoes” and, of course, “All Shook Up!”

Unnecessary Farce

June 23-July 1

Get ready for non-stop plot twists and side-splitting dialog as this award-winning comedy takes you on a police stakeout at an economy motel. Two rookie cops set out to nab the mayor for embezzlement, but it doesn’t take long for the operation to go hilariously awry.

My Fair Lady

July 6-9, 11-17

Since its 1956 debut, this award-winning musical has delighted audiences with its witty heroine, Cockney street vendor Eliza Doolittle. Her dreams of a life more prosperous than that of a flowerseller make her a great test subject for a phonetics professor who sets out to prove that manner of speaking —not wealth — is what truly sets apart the British social classes.

Ticket information

All performances begin at 8 p.m. on the tent pad behind Craig Hall. Tickets are $16 or $24 for adults, $14 or $22 for seniors, students and children and $12 or $21 for Missouri State faculty, staff and students. Season tickets are $40 or $66 for adults, and $35 or $61 for seniors, students, children, Missouri State faculty, staff and students. Special group rates are available.

To order tickets, call the Missouri State box office at (417) 836-7678 or toll-free at 1 (888) 476-7849. Tickets may also be purchased online.

Pre-show picnics

Show-themed picnic dinners are served from 7-7:45 p.m. for $12 each on the south patio of Craig Hall. Proceeds support the Tent Theatre scholarship fund. These lunches must be ordered at least 24 hours in advance online or by calling (417) 836-7678.

For more information, contact Templeton at (417) 836-4644.

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Members of the Actors’ Equity join Tent Theatre for 54th season

We’re just days away from the opening of Tent Theatre’s 54th season, featuring “All Shook Up” (June 8-11 & 13-18), “Unnecessary Farce” (June 23-27 & July 1) and “My Fair Lady (July 6-9 & 11-17). Get your tickets online or in the box office before they’re all sold out.

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For more information about this season, visit Tent Theatre’s website.

Actors’ Equity Company Members

Here are the Actors’ Equity company members joining us this season, and a preview of their credits (information provided by the actors).

Matthew Alford

matt-alford-250x279Matthew Alford is excited to be spending time in the Tent for the first time. He is the resident director of Equalogy, inc., a theatre-for-social-change company that uses theatre to combat sexual violence on college campuses.

He is a graduate of Pace University, and has participated in several projects with Judith Shakespeare Co., The Actor’s Studio. and La MaMa ETC.

NYC credits

  • “To Whom It May Concern” (Arclight Theatre)
  • “Wilde Tales” (TNC)
  • “The Return” (APT)
  • “11 (A River Apart)” (The Kraine)

Touring credits

  • “Endurance” (Split Knuckle Theatre Co.)
  • “One Night” (Equalogy)

Traci Bair

traci-bair-250x300Traci Bair is thrilled to return to the city of her birth, Springfield, Missouri, to play the iconic role, Eliza Doolittle.

National tours

  • Grace Farrell, “Annie” (NETworks)
  • Principal vocalist, “Cirque Dreams” (Cirque Productions)

Favorite regional theatre

  • Winifred Banks, “Mary Poppins” (Arts Center Coastal Carolina)
  • Fantine, “Les Miserables” (Riverside Theatre)
  • Katherina Cavalieri, “Amadeus” (Maltz Jupiter Theatre)
  • Vi Moore, “Footloose” (Ivoryton Playhouse)
  • Mary Bailey, “It’s A Wonderful Life” (Lyric Theatre)
  • “Sweeney Todd” (Barrington Stage)
  • “Pandora’s Box” (NYMF)

Peter Boyer

Peter-Boyer-250x300Peter Boyer is making his Tent Theatre debut this summer. Based in Washington, D.C., he most recently appeared as Charles Dickens in the east coast premiere of “The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord,” by Scott Carter at the Washington Stage Guild.

Credits

  • Ebenezer Scrooge, “A Broadway Christmas Carol” (Metro Stage)
  • Groucho Marx, “Groucho: A Life in Revue” (Wayside Theatre)
  • “Uprising” (Metro Stage)
  • “1776” (Ford’s Theatre and Olney Theatre)
  • “Parade” (Ford’s Theatre)
  • “Shenandoah” (Ford’s Theatre)
  • “Way of the World” (Shakespeare Theatre)
  • “Sound of Music, 1776” (Olney Theatre)
  • “The Fantasticks” (Rep Stage)
  • “Sleeping Beauty” (Imagination Stage)
  • “Heidi” (Imagination Stage)
  • “Beyond Therapy” (Bay Theatre)
  • “Sylvia” (Bay Theatre)
  • “Table Manners” (Bay Theatre)
  • “The Comedy of Errors” (Baltimore Shakespeare Festival)
  • “Scapin!” (Baltimore Shakespeare Festival)
  • “The Taming of the Shrew” (Baltimore Shakespeare Festival)
  • “Private Lives” (Wayside Theatre)
  • “Moonlight and Magnolias” (Wayside Theatre)
  • “The Killer Angels” (Wayside Theatre)
  • “Private Eyes” (Firehouse Theatre)
  • “Fuddy Meers” (Firehouse Theatre)
  • “Tecumseh!” (Scioto Society)
  • “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Scioto Society)
  • “Much Ado About Nothing” (Southern Festival Theatre)
  • “The Taming of the Shrew” (Southern Festival Theatre)

Kevin Casey

Kevin-Casey-250x300Kevin Casey, a production stage manager, is thrilled to be here at Tent Theatre to celebrate his 40th year in the professional theatre and his 30th as a member of Actors’ Equity Association. He is a former member of the Executive Board of the National Stage Managers’ Association (2013-2015).

Favorite shows

  • “A Chorus Line”
  • “1776” (performed on July 4, 1976)
  • “Sweeney Todd”
  • “CATS”
  • “South Pacific”
  • “The Foreigner”
  • “Hairspray”
  • “Forever Plaid”
  • “Emergency Room”
  • “Menopause, The Musical”
  • “The Fantasticks” (five productions)
  • “Tuck Everlasting”
  • “Amadeus”
  • “Antigone”
  • “Angels In America”
  • “The Smell of the Kill”
  • “A Year with Frog & Toad”
  • “Bridge to Terabithia”
  • “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”
  • “Holiday Memories”
  • “A Christmas Carol”
  • “Broadway Bound”
  • “Gifts of the Magi”
  • “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown”

Jerry Gallagher

Jerry-Gallagher-250x316Jerry Gallagher has performed around the country and worked at Goodspeed Opera House, Paper Mill Playhouse, St. Louis MUNY, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and many others. He created the role of Rushmore in the Off-Broadway production of “Little Ham: A Harlem Jazzical.”

Stage credits

  • “Guys & Dolls”
  • “Crazy for You”
  • “Big River”
  • “City of Angels”
  • “Annie Get Your Gun”

Television appearances

  • CBS’s “Guiding Light”
  • Showtime’s “The Big C”
  • PBS’s “Great Performances”

Jannie Jones

JannieJannieJones-250x300 Jones has toured nationally and internationally to more than 23 countries. She is happy to return to the Tent Theatre after having been a part of last season’s “Hairspray,” as Motormouth, and “Leap of Faith” as Ida Mae.

She was last seen in “Black Stars of the Great White Way,” with Tony Award-winners Norm Lewis and Andre DeShields, Emmy Award-winning Obba Babatunde and 227’s Jackee Harry, at the NC Black Theatre Festival.

You will be able to catch her episode of “The Get Down” on Netflix this summer, playing a possible recurring role as Jamaican Mom.

Critically acclaimed credits

  • B.J., “Smokey Joe’s Café” (Capital Repertory Theatre)
  • Pearl, “Black Pearl Sings” (Virginia Stage Co., Capital Rep. Theatre & San Jose Rep. Co.)  — Bay Area Theatre Critics Award, Best Actress
  • “August Wilson’s Women” (Juneteenth Legacy Theatre) — Audelco Award

Broadway/Off-Broadway/National Broadway tours

  • Georgie, understudy, “The Full Monty” Sylvia, “All Shook Up”
  • Sister Carrie, “Mama I Want to Sing”
  • Traci, “Faith’s Journey”

Other credits

  • Dionne, “Hair”
  • Motormouth, “Hairspray” (N.C. Theatre)
  • Mahalia Jackson, “Mahalia” (N.C. Blk Rep.)
  • “Motown Cabaret, by Gershwin”
  • “Too Darn Hot”
  • “Steppin’ Out”
  • “Ain’t Nothing but the Blues” (Florida Studio Theatre)
  • Velma and Wanda, “Crowns” (Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis & Asolo Thea.)
  • Armelia, “Ain’t Misbehavin’” (Riverside Theatre)
  • Tina Turner, “Beehive” (Arkansas Rep.)

One-woman shows

  • “My Castle’s Rockin,’ The Alberta Hunter Story”
  • “Ethel Waters: His Eye is on the Sparrow,” (Written by Larry Parr, premiered at the Florida Studio Theatre)

Television appearances

  • “All My Children”
  • “The Guiding Light”
  • “Martin”
  • Commercials and print ads

Concerts

  • Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert version of “Kiss Me Kate” (Hattie)
  • Raphael’s concerts at Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden and Carnegie Hall

Other musical appearances

  • Teddy Pendergrass, “Say It” single
  • Barry White, “Practice What You Preach” album

TJ Lancaster

TJ-Lancaster-250x300TJ Lancaster is thrilled to return to Tent Theatre where he appeared in 2014’s “Fiddler on the Roof.”

Regional credits

  • “Sunday in the Park with George” (Kansas City Repertory Theatre)
  • “The Fantasticks” (Western Playhouse, Great Plains Theatre and Spinning Tree Theatre)
  • “Damn Yankees” (Great Plains Theatre)
  • “Tuna Does Vegas” (Great Plains Theatre)
  • “The Normal Heart” (Relevance Productions)
  • Andrew Lippa’s “I Am Harvey Milk” (Heartland Men’s Chorus)
  • “Fiddler on the Roof” (Spinning Tree Theatre)
  • “Make Me a Song” (Spinning Tree Theatre)
  • “Master Class” (Spinning Tree Theatre)
  • “Flat Stanley” (Starlight Theatre)
  • “Narnia” (Starlight Theatre)
  • “Peter Cottontail III” (Starlight Theatre)
  • “The Music Man” (Musical Theater Heritage)
  • “Evita” (Musical Theater Heritage)
  • “Kiss Me, Kate” (Musical Theater Heritage)

Mark Bradley Miller

Mark-Bradley-Miller-250x309Mark Bradley Miller is excited to tackle the dream role of Higgins, here at his Tent Theatre debut. Later this summer, he returns for a third season at the Sacramento Music Circus, to play Duke Mahoney in “Nice Work If You Can Get It.” Miller is also a professional photographer and interior designer.

National tours

  • “South Pacific”
  • “Broadway Celebrates America”

European tours

  • “Beauty and the Beast”
  • “The Best of Andrew Lloyd Webber”

New York credits

  • Prince/Wolf, “Into the Woods
  • Tony, “West Side Story”
  • NYMF, “The Woman Upstairs”
  • David, “Warsaw”
  • “Pippin”
  • “The Secret Garden”

Regional credits

  • Billy, “Carousel”
  • Fred/Petruchio, “Kiss Me, Kate”
  • Nick, “Funny Girl”
  • Mr. Hart, “9 to 5”
  • Phantom, “Phantom”
  • Nick, “Baby”
  • Man 1, “Closer Than Ever”
  • El Gallo, “The Fantasticks”

Summer stock

  • Pitsburgh CLO, 15 productions
  • Weathervane Theater, 10 productions
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Department hires accomplished choreographer for dance, musical theatre

Sarah Wilcoxon will join the theatre and dance faculty in the fall to work with both the dance and musical theatre programs. She will also direct Inertia Dance Company.

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Choreography featured throughout U.S.

With an interest in using art to build and shape community,Wilcoxon’s work has not just been limited to stage settings: she creates performances that blend research and choreography into participatory workshops for festivals, community events and schools.

Wilcoxon’s choreography has been featured in musicals, commercial work and on concert dance stages throughout Central Illinois, Chicago and Northern Florida.

Her research and creative interests include jazz dance history, dance as rhetoric, cross-disciplinary collaboration and dance conditioning/injury prevention.

Degree focus in dance as rhetoric

Wilcoxon holds a master’s degree in communication from Illinois State University, where she focused on dance as rhetoric, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in dance from Florida State University.

She has taught jazz and musical theatre dance master classes at the Suzanne Farrell Workshop for Young Dancers, the American College Dance Association’s Southeastern Conference, the Peoria Ballet Academy Summer Intensive and the Florida State University Summer Intensive.

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Notable Broadway actress joins theatre and dance faculty

Broadway actress Lisa Brescia will be the theatre and dance department’s next assistant professor in acting. She will begin in the fall 2016 semester.

Lisa Brescia in "Cabaret" with the Playmakers Repertory Theatre
Lisa Brescia in “Cabaret” with the Playmakers Repertory Theatre

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Brescia has been teaching and coaching actors for several years, frequently leading master classes at universities, and as head teacher and founder of The Actor’s Playgroup in New York City. She has a master of fine arts in classical acting from the Academy for Classical Acting, and has studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Broadway credits

  • Donna Sheridan, “Mamma Mia!”
  • Elphaba (standby), “Wicked”
  • Cleo, “The Times They are A-Changin’”
  • Amneris, “Aida”
  • Marion, “The Woman in White”
  • Disciple, “Jesus Christ Superstar”
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Theatre ‘family’ gets student back on her feet after devastating accident

Two months before Missouri State’s 2015 acting showcase in Los Angeles, Alicia Douglas was in her hometown of St. Louis for a cattle call audition — an opportunity to be seen by many casting professionals from across the U.S. hiring for theatre, television and film.

Alicia Douglas performs at a 2016 New York musical theatre showcase
Alicia Douglas performs at a 2016 New York musical theatre showcase event. Photo by Nick Coleman.

Douglas, now a musical theatre alumna, was excited when she was invited to a callback, but knew a February ice storm would hit soon.

“I thought, ‘I can beat this. I can be ahead of the storm.’ So I did the callback, said ‘Hi’ to my dad and then I left. I was fine up until about halfway to Rolla.”

AliciaMarieDouglas-mugLearning to walk again

A few hours later, Douglas was in the hospital unable to walk after a car accident left her with two pelvis fractures.

“I basically T-boned a truck. And I honestly, to this day don’t know how I got out of the accident.”

Doctors were able to stabilize her bones without surgery, but warned that recovery would be long and painful as she was learning to walk again.

“I grew up as a dancer. I’ve been dancing since I was five … I didn’t know how I was going to make it. You think, ‘how am I going to do this career if I can’t walk?'”

Reaching the mountaintop

Driven by her desire to make it to LA with her class, Douglas surprised them all when she was on crutches by spring break and back in class to prepare for the showcase. She even made the dean’s list that year.

“The showcase is kind of like the mountaintop at the end of the program. … I told my physical therapist, ‘I need to be walking by April, get me there. Oh, and I need to be walking in high heels, too.’”

Seniors relax on the beach between showcase events in Los Angeles (April 2015).
Seniors relax on the beach between showcase events in Los Angeles (April 2015).

Douglas,who graduated in December 2015, partly credits her theatre friends and faculty for her recovery, who supported her when her family — who live in St. Louis — couldn’t be here.

“It was the worst thing I’ve ever been through in my life. There was a time where I thought I probably wouldn’t be able to do this career. … The seniors and I had our own group message, and they said a lot of encouraging things. They kept me alive, I would have to say.”

Embracing the next challenge

Douglas recently returned from the 2016 musical theatre showcase in New York. Despite already graduating, the theatre and dance department invited her to participate in the week’s events: “That was really rewarding to be there with my BFA family.”

The accident, recovery and performing in both showcases has prepared her for the next stage in her journey, she said — be it traveling, graduate school or jumping into her career. She knows she can face any challenge.

“My senior year taught me determination and confidence in myself. I’m stronger than what I thought, you know. You don’t know how strong you are until you’re faced with difficult situations and the only thing you can do is just get through it, no matter how hard or painful it is.”

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Spring Dance Concert: Images in Motion

April 28-May 1, 2016

Coger Theatre

Credits:

Choreographers- Sara Brummel, Ruth Barnes, Chris Brown, Darryl Kent Clark

Guest Choreographer – Mark Santillano

Costume Designers – Leslie Branyon, Jennifer Lippert

Lighting Designers – Michael Foster, Seth Brown, Victoria Williams

Sound Designer – Mark Putman

Stage Manager – Abigail Teel

Concert Coordinator- Sara Brummel

 

Cast

If it’s Good Enough for George – Alexandria Grossman, Melanie Sikyta, Lauren Smith, Olivia Wilson

Musings – Molly Haslag, Emily Poorman, Nadia Stine   *   **

This is for Remembrance – Lyric Arvizu (Thursday and Saturday), Alison McClean (Friday and Sunday)

September Canons – Jazzmon Craig, Austin Grigg, Molly Haslag, Allison Meier, Emily Mae Rankin, Nadia Stine

Five…or, maybe four… – Kadey Copeland, Sarah Fiedler, Katie Griffiths   *

Echoes – Alexandria Grossman, Emily Mae Rankin, Caitlin Shukwit

Back to You – Terra Ashe, Khira Auerbach, Traidell Bradford, Kadey Copeland, Scott Corn, Reagan Drake, John Emery, Abrillia Hamilton, Leigh Loureiro, Patricia Price, Logan Schoessel, Yu Wang

Prism – Emily Mae Rankin

Queen for a Day –  Sarah Gericke, Katie Griffiths, Molly Haslag, Emily Hughey, Allison Meier, Hannah Romano, Caitlin Shukwit, Lauren Smith, Nadia Stine (Note: Emily Hughey, Thursday and Saturday, Sarah Gericke, Friday and Sunday)

 

*Music: Kyle Aho

**Musicians: Kyle Aho and Ian Erickson

 

 

 

Note: Production Photos

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Spring concert a study of motion inspired by famed photographer

danceconcertThis year’s spring dance concert, “Images in Motion,” will feature new faculty-choreographed works that explore the fleeting nature of human activities in space and time. Each moment frames a never-to-be-repeated, multi-dimensional composition of form, light, color, texture, sound and feeling.

Alumnus helps bring vision to stage

The concert is inspired by photographer Eadweard Muybridge’s ground-breaking studies in motion during the late 1800s — particularly his study of a ballet dancer that captured the seamless, fluid motion and presented a frame-by-frame deconstruction.

Alumnus Mark Santillano also helped choreograph the concert while he was here in January.

Santillano is an assistant professor of dance at Mercyhurst Univeristy in Erie, Pennsylvania, where he teaches modern, tap, jazz, musical theatre dance and choreography. He has performed in national theatre tours and has choreographed works for numerous dance companies. He is also founder and co-director of SoMar Dance Works.

Any Given Child program to bring eighth graders to the concert

Any Given Child

Eighth graders from Springfield Public Schools will have the opportunity to watch the concert for free as part of the local Any Given Child program. There will be two special performances on April 29 — at 9:30 a.m. and then again at 12:30 p.m.

Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child is sponsored by The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In 2010, Springfield was the second city in the U.S., after Sacramento, Calif., be selected for the program. Any Given Child is also part of Arts in Action, an effort funded by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and the Springfield Regional Arts Council.

Want to go to the concert?

Showtimes: 7:30 p.m., April 28-30; 2:30 p.m., May 1
Location: Craig Hall Coger Theatre
Tickets: $14 Adults; $12 Students/Seniors; $8 in advance with MSU ID

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Hair

April 7-10, 2016

Coger Theatre

Credits

Costume Design — Leslie Branyon

Scenic Design — Chris DePriest

Lighting Design — Blaine O’Donnell

Sound Design — Mark Putman

Technical Director — Chris DePriest

Marketing Director — Mark Templeton

Stage Manager — Adelynn Hubbard

Music Direction By — Alex Huff

Choreography By — Darryl Kent Clark

Directed By — Rick Dines

Cast

Claude – Noah Jermain

Berger – Jordan Woods

Sheila – Olivia Jones

Woof – Alec Brown

Hud – Deon Shotwell

Jeanie – Haley Rolland

Dionne – Camille Clossum

Crissy – Grace Minnis

Margaret Mead – Corey Blake Todd

Hubert – Joe Guccione

Mom – Kristin Farr

Dad – Shawn Teague

Tribe – Darian Bengston, Brock Birkner, Josh Cotham, Erika Flowers, Molly Fowler, Natalie Gorman,                                      Nora Hennessy, Molly Higgins, Kendrick Hooks, Mason Kelso, Paula Landry, Emma Rathe, Lindy Jones

 

 

Note: Production Shots

 

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