USD Department of Theatre showcases student talent

The University of South Dakota Department of Theatre will present an end-of-term departmental showcase that features scenes, songs, dances and designs that are the result of student work in the classroom fall semester.  The showcase will be performed in Aalfs Auditorium in Slagle Hall, Saturday, Dec. 10  at 7:30 p.m.  Doors open at 7 p.m.

Admission is free.

The evening will include a variety of dance styles – from Fosse and swing to waltz and clogging; samples of  Greek tragedy that utilize masks in character development for scenes from Agamemnon, Electra, and Antigone; and musical theatre solo and group numbers from shows such as "Annie Get Your Gun," "La Cage Aux Folles," and "She Loves Me." 

Songs from these shows are performed by six, senior, theatre majors who are specializing in musical theatre and who are preparing to share their talents with agents, casting directors and other industry professionals in a showcase that will be performed in New York City spring semester. The work of student designers in costumes, lighting, and scenery will also be featured through a video presentation. 

Dr. Raimondo Genna directs the showcase which includes project work from the courses of Patricia Downey (Jazz, Tap, Ballroom, and Musical Theatre Styles Dance), Chaya Gordon-Bland (Acting Period Styles), Matt Nesmith (New York Showcase), Anthony Pellecchia (Lighting), and Tim Case (Advanced Rendering and Scene Painting).  Additional technical and design support is provided by professors Scott Mollman and Linda Scribner, while Karl Graber serves as accompanist.

The Department of Theatre invites you to celebrate student talent as it brings the classroom to the stage in the beautifully renovated Aalfs Auditorium.  For further information contact Eric Hagen, chairperson, Department of Theatre at (605) 677-5736.

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