Ouachita Baptist University’s Department of Theatre Arts will host the 13th annual 10-Minute Play Festival March 6-8. Auditions for the shows will be Thursday, March 6, rehearsals will begin Friday, March 7, and shows will be performed Saturday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Verser Theatre. The Saturday performance is free and open to the public.
“I hope the festival is a fun weekend of theatre,” said Jordan Miller, a senior musical theatre major from Rockwall, Texas. Once shows are cast after the Thursday auditions, participants rehearse throughout the night Friday to prepare for their Saturday performance.
Students of all majors and experience are encouraged to audition and participate. “I want it to be a chance for theatre students to leave the school aspect of performance and just play, “ Miller explained. “But I also want the non-departmental participants to have a fun time in an arena they don’t always get to be in.”
Miller is directing the festival along with Blaine Surber, a senior musical theatre major from Sulpher Springs, Texas, and Shelby Spears, a sophomore English major from El Dorado, Ark. This year’s festival is hosted by Ouachita’s chapter of Theta Alpha Phi national honor fraternity for theatre arts.
For more information, contact Jordan Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mary Handiboe, OBU associate professor of theatre arts, at email@example.com or (870) 245-4157.
Ouachita Baptist University’s Division of Music will host Meredith Martin and Carli Sasser in their senior voice recital Friday, March 14. The recital will be held in Mabee Fine Arts Center’s McBeth Recital Hall at 11 a.m. and is free and open to the public.
“I am really excited about this performance that I’ve been working toward for four years,” Sasser said. “It’s involved lots of hours of practice and hard work and I am so ready for it to be here.”
“Carli and I have been really good friends since we came to OBU,” Martin explained. “Our moms knew each other and even sang together, so this is a special experience for the two of us.”
Martin is a senior choral music education major from Garland, Texas. She won 3rd place in the 2014 Shambarger Competition, is a National Association of Teachers of Singing finalist, serves as vice president of Ouachita Singers and also is in the Ouachita Concert Choir. Martin is a student of Dr. Margaret Garrett, assistant professor of music.
Martin’s solo performances will include “Alleluia” from Antonio Vivaldi’s O Qui Coeli Terraeque Serenitas, “Ah! non credea mirarti” from Vincenzo Bellini’s La Sonnambula, “Verschwiegene Liebe” and “Elfenlied” by Hugo Wolf, “Cacile” by Richard Strauss, “The Year’s at the Spring” and “Ah! Love But a Day” by H.H.A. Beach and “I Shall Not Live in Vain” by Jake Heggie.
Sasser is a senior choral music education from Hamburg, Ark. She was a 2013 Tiger Tunes hostess, first runner-up on the 2013 Ouachita Homecoming Court, served on the Miss OBU court of honor in 2013 and 2014 and is currently the president of Ouachita Singers. Sasser is also a student of Dr. Margaret Garrett.
Sasser’s solo performances will include “If Music Be the Food of Love” by Henry Purcell, “Suleika I” by Franz Schubert, “Ruhe, meine Seele!” by Richard Strauss, “Donde Lieta” from Giacomo Puccini’s La Boheme, “By the River” from Maury Yeston’s December Songs and “Late Last Night” and “Heart, We Will Forget Him” by Ricky Ian Gordon.
Martin and Sasser will end the recital together with the duets “Puisqu’ici-bas Toute Ame” and “Tarentelle” by Gabriel Fauré. Phyllis Walker will be the accompanist for the recital.
For more information, contact OBU’s School of Fine Arts at (870) 245-5129.