Friday, November 14, 2008

Enjoyed Friday nights Musical Theater Showcase

It is a dreary Friday night in Hartsville. That is, unless you opted for Friday night's Musical Theater Showcase at the Hannah Lide Coker Music Recital Hall. The students performing put joy, laughter and music into the air. Graham Wood started these showcases as an extra performing opportunity a few years ago and they have become a regular event on the campus, showcasing the talent and the work ethic of the students who are chosen to perform.

Tonight's Showcase cast consisted of second year vocal performance major Avery Bateman, first year musical theater major Lindsay Furrow, Tara Haynes, second year musical theater major, Dustin Moree, first year musical theater. Paige ManWaring, third year musical theater and Cody Smith, the lone senior in the show and a theater performance major. Kim Roberts accompanied the singers and Graham provided the musical direction as well as the production.

I just really enjoyed the performances. There was a wide range of music from the opening Ensemble performance of Comedy Tonight from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum by Stephen Sondheim to bit more serious rendition of "Make Them Hear You" from Ragtime that was performed by Cody. The material represented a wide range of musicals and did a nice job helping the students demonstrate their versatility. And, I also enjoyed the acting side of the performances.

The video is the last song, SEASONS OF LOVE by Jonathan Larson from Rent.

There are a couple of other Coker musical productions that are on the calender for this semester and you can see the Coker chamber Singers at the Music Auditorium on Sunday, November 23 at 7:30 p.m. and the larger group, the Coker Singers on December 2 at the First Presbyterian Church in Hartsville at 7:30 p.m.

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