Stephens summer theater program impersonates musicians for a concert

Thursday, May 24, 2012 | 6:09 p.m. CDT; updated 1:13 a.m. CDT, Saturday, May 26, 2012
Students from the Stephens College Summer Theatre Institute presented the third annual "Rockstar!" show on Friday night at the Warehouse Theatre. The students had the chance to impersonate their favorite musicians on stage and asked for food donations to benefit the The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri’s Buddy Pack program.

COLUMBIA — If you could impersonate your favorite rock star, who would it be? 

The students at Stephens College Summer Theatre Institute will get that chance Friday night when they perform "Rockstar!"

If you go

What: "Rockstar!" performed by students of the Stephens College Summer Institute

When: Doors open at 8:30 p.m.; show starts at 9 p.m.

Where: Stephens College Warehouse Theatre, 100 Willis St.

Admission: Free, but donations of jars of peanut butter are requested. They will go to The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri Buddy Pack Program.  Cash donations for the program also are welcome. 

The only big names leaked so far are Nicki Minaj and Pink, partly because the students want to surprise each other. 

The summer program is designed for freshman theater students at Stephens to gain more theater experience by providing them with a variety of exercises and activities. This includes putting on several shows throughout the summer.

For the Friday performance, the 21 students had to choose a musical artist to portray. Performers will sing live, but will be accompanied by a vocal track.

"It's sort of half and half," institute director Dan Schultz said.

With showtime approaching , the students are excited to show off their hard work.

Annie Malin described the assignment as a fun way to do character research. She will portray Pink, whose passion and showmanship she appreciates.

"I really wanted to break a bottle on stage during my song, but that would actually be pretty dangerous," Malin said. Still, she promises some tricks that will give the audience something to remember.

Emma Marston, who is portraying Nicki Minaj, said Schultz pushed the students to try something new with the assignment.

"I love country so I wanted to be someone like Miranda Lambert, but Dan really encouraged us to go outside our comfort zone," Marston said.

Although the show is free and open to the public, Schultz said they will accept donations of jars of peanut butter for The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri’s Buddy Pack program. Cash donations to the program also are welcome. 

Schultz said he wants to make this show as concert-like as possible. He said that it will be incredibly loud and of a PG-13 nature. Earplugs will be provided. 

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