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Southeast Missouri State University

River Campus Hosts Fourth Annual New Student Showcase

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 4, 2012 -- The Department of Theatre and Dance at Southeast Missouri State University will perform a “New Student Showcase” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15 in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre at Southeast’s River Campus.

The fourth annual “New Student Showcase” is open to freshmen, transfer students and new theatre and dance majors at Southeast.

“It’s a chance for new theatre and dance students to introduce themselves to the theatre and dance faculty and students,” said Dr. Phil Nacy, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance. “Rather than just anonymously appearing among the theatre and dance majors, the Showcase allows a new student to present his or her talents and skills to the rest of the Department so we know who they are and get an idea of what they can do. It’s similar in intent to our yearly Senior Showcase that allows graduating seniors to be seen by New York City casting directors and agents. The showcase is meant to give faculty and upper-level students a chance to see the new students perform.”

New students will perform short duet or trio scenes from various styles of plays, monologues, songs and dance. Dance students will perform a choreographed piece by a faculty member, while music theatre students will have the option to sing in a number.

Amy Fritsche, assistant professor of theatre and dance, is directing the showcase along with other acting and directing faculty who assist the students in selecting scenes to perform.

 “It sometimes takes a lot of effort and exposure for actors, dancers, and designers to get recognized when they join a new group, so by performing at the Showcase, they get a head start merging into the talent pool. It’s a chance to jump immediately into the action of the Department by putting their talents on display from day one. It’s a big benefit to any new student to participate,” Nacy said.

Last year, the New Student Showcase attracted about 200, filling the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre.

“It’s very common for parents and relatives of the performers to make the trip to Cape to see the show,” Nacy said. “It’s a fun, fast-paced evening.” 

The event is free and open to the general public; donations will be accepted benefiting the New York City Showcase in May.

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