FROM READERS: Come hear a free show tunes performance from Stephens College

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT
Students in the Summer Theatre Institute at Stephens College show off the skills they've learned.

Janese Silvey is a story specialist/strategist for Stephens College.

Columbians have one more chance to enjoy a free performance courtesy of the Summer Theatre Institute at Stephens College.

The finale is STI’s annual musical revue. This year, the 22 students participating in STI will provide “A Little Show Music,” a compilation of great Broadway show tunes from past and present.

Expect “great music, dancing and fun,” Director Rob Doyen said. “It is a wonderful summer night of entertainment and a fabulous closing for our STI summer season.”

This summer, Stephens students have studied a variety of theatrical techniques, learning stage combat from guest artist and Master Fight Director Martin English and the art of clowning from Ringling Bros.-trained clowning specialist Matt Weiss, who is also a Stephens alumnus. Students have also taken courses in basics such as acting, movement, voice and diction, dance, stage management and theatrical design. Students get a semester of college credit for completing the program.

“The Summer Theatre Institute is a rigorous one-of-a-kind theatre intensive,” said Lamby Hedge, director of STI.

And the community benefits, too, from “gifted, delightful, varied and free theatre,” she said.

The end-of-season musical production — choreographed by Kristin Cooksey with musical direction by Cheryl Nichols — will be no exception, she said.

“A Little Show Music” starts at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 17, at Macklanburg Playhouse, 100 Willis Ave. It’s free and open to the public.

“This one will be standing room only,” Hedge warned. “Come early to reserve your seats.”

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