Lindsey Lederer & Kayla Esmond- Senior Musical Theatre Recitals
Ouachita Baptist University seniors Lindsey Lederer and Kayla Esmond will perform their musical theatre senior recitals Monday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Mabee Fine Art Center’s McBeth Recital Hall.
Lindsey Lederer is a senior musical theatre major from Lewisville, Texas. “I am so excited about about my recital. I have the best partners, and we have put in so many hours of work,” Lederer said. She will be assisted on stage by Kaylee Nebe, a senior musical theatre major from Mesquite, Texas, as well as Walter Dodd, a sophomore theatre arts major from Little Rock, Ark. Lederer is a member of Theta Alpha Phi national honor fraternity for theatre arts, Ouachita Women’s Chorus and Tri Chi women’s social club.
Kayla Esmond is a senior musical theatre major from Burleson, Texas. “It has been amazing to get to buckle down and focus on the art that I love so much,” Esmond said. “I am focusing on putting on a good show for people who attend.” Esmond is also a member of Theta Alpha Phi and Ouachita Women’s Chorus and has been named to Ouachita’s Dean’s and President’s Lists.
Lederer’s performance will include “Little Known Facts” by Clark Gesner from You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, “Everything I Know” by Lin Manuel from In the Heights, a scene from Chocolate by Fredrick Stroppel, “Poor Unfortunate Souls” by Alan Menken from The Little Mermaid and “Secondary Characters” by Jeff Bowen. John Briggs, adjunct instructor of voice and staff accompanist, will accompany Lederer on piano.
“I cannot wait to perform ‘Poor Unfortunate Souls’ as Ursula,” Lederer noted. “I rarely get to play villainous characters, so I have had a lot of fun working on this role.”
Esmond will perform “Mein Herr” from Cabaret by John Kander, a scene from The Miser by Moliere, a monologue from Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare, “Notice Me Horton” from Seussical by Stephen Flaherty, “Anyone Can Whistle” from Anyone Can Whistle by Stephen Sondheim, a scene from Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph, “The Man That Got Away” from End of the Rainbow by Peter Quilter, and “You’re the Top” from Anything Goes by Cole Porter. Briggs will also accompany Esmond.
“I am most excited about my scene from Gruesome Playground Injuries,” Esmond said. “I like that it’s such an understated piece.”
“My time at Ouachita has prepared me for the tough world of professional acting by giving me all the tools needed to conduct myself with confidence,” Esmond explained.
“Ouachita’s music and theatre department has helped shape my idea of what I want to do after I graduate,” Lederer added. “I have had a well-rounded experience and have seen an increase in my appreciation for the arts and musical theatre.”
The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, contact OBU’s School of Fine Arts at (870) 245-5129.
Ouachita Baptist University’s Division of Music will host Nicole Mattson and MaryLacey Thomson in their senior voice recital on March 4. The recital, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Mabee Fine Arts Center’s McBeth Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m.
MaryLacey Thomson (left) & Nicole Mattson. Photo by Tyler Rosenthal
“This recital is very significant to us because this is our chance to show our teachers and peers how far we have come over our fours years at Ouachita,” Mattson noted. The recital is presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree in musical theatre.
Mattson is a native of Rowlett, Texas, and has been involved on Ouachita’s campus as a Tiger Tunes hostess, a member of Ouachita Sounds and a member of the Miss OBU Pageant Court of Honor. She also has served as historian for Ouachita’s chapter of Theta Alpha Phi national honor fraternity for theatre arts. She is a student of Robin Williams, lecturer in music, and Mary Handiboe, associate professor of theatre arts.
Thomson is a native of Plano, Texas, and also has been involved as a Tiger Tunes hostess and member of Ouachita Sounds. Additionally, she has been crowned Miss Ouachita Baptist University and Miss Greater Hot Springs, served as song leader for EEE women’s social club and earned Ouachita’s Outstanding Theatre Freshman Award. She is a student of David Stanley, instructor of music, and Mary Handiboe.
Mattson and Thomson will collaborate for the recital’s opening number, Cole Porter’s “Friendship” from Anything Goes, as well as Act I, Scene I from Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire. They will also close the recital together with the short play “A Young Lady of Property” by Horton Foote and Cy Coleman’s “My Friend” from the musical The Life.
Mattson’s solo performances will include musical selections “I’m a Star” by Scott Alan, Irving Berlin’s “I Got Lost in His Arms” from Annie Get Your Gun, “Surabaya Santa” from Songs for a New World by Jason Robert Brown and Joey Contreras’ “Love Me, Love Me Not” from the musical of the same name. She also will deliver the comedic monologue “Mrs. Claus Dumps Santa” by Wade Bradford.
Thomson’s solo performances will include musical selections John Kander’s “Willing to Ride” from Steel Pier, Jerry Bock’s “When Did I Fall in Love” from Fiorello!, Bruce Greer’s “My Future” from It’s a Wonderful Life and Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s “Before It’s Over” from Dogfight. She also will present the monologue “Unknown Thoughts” by Liza Carroll.
Susan Monroe and Phyllis Walker will serve as accompanists on piano for the recital.
For more information, contact OBU’s School of Fine Arts at (870) 245-5129.
Ouachita Baptist University’s Division of Music will host a concert featuring the Ouachita Wind Ensemble on Thursday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Jones Performing Arts Center.
The Wind Ensemble includes 37 students representing various majors from across campus.
“This music we are performing represents many years and styles,” said Dr. Craig Hamilton, director of the Wind Ensemble. “There is something for everyone.”
Hamilton also serves as OBU’s Lena Goodwin Trimble Professor of Music, director of bands and coordinator of instrumental studies.
The concert will include Clifton Williams’ “Symphonic Suite,” Eric Whitacre’s “The Seal Lullaby,” Percy Aldridge Grainger’s “Molly on the Shore,” Eric Ewazen’s “Concerto for Marimba and Wind Ensemble” and Vincent Persichetti’s “Divertimento for Band, Op. 42.” The Ewazen selection will feature a solo by the winner of the 2013 Ouachita Wind and Percussion Concerto Competition, Carter Harlan, a junior music education major from Fayetteville, Ark.
“There is something very special about a large group of people coming together to make music,” Harlan said. “We have a great conductor who challenges us with difficult music, so each concert is an exciting and fun event for the audience and the musicians.”
“The Wind Ensemble is a great collection of talented musicians,” said Emily Tual, a sophomore dietetics major and Wind Ensemble member from Plano, Texas. “We have fun but we get our work done. Dr. Hamilton challenges us in our musicianship and loves seeing us reach our potential. It’s a great program to be a part of.”
“I am very proud of the Wind Ensemble and look forward to our performance,” Hamilton noted. “I hope everyone can attend.”
For more information, contact Dr. Craig Hamilton at email@example.com or (870) 245-5137.
Ouachita Baptist University’s Division of Music will host Stacy Hawking and Jillian Turner in student recitals March 7. Both recitals will be held in Mabee Fine Arts Center’s McBeth Recital Hall and are free and open to the public.
Turner, a music and vocal performance major from Fort Worth, Texas, will present her junior voice recital at 11 a.m. She has earned a first place award in OBU’s Virginia Queen Piano Competition, a second place finish in the regional National Association of Teachers of Singing auditions and the Inner and Outer Beauty Award in the Miss Ouachita Baptist University Pageant. She also appeared as Adele in OBU Opera Theatre’s production of “Die Fledermaus/The Revenge of the Bat” by Johann Strauss.
Turner’s recital will include the following selections: “Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen” from Cantata No. 51 by J.S. Bach, “La Zingara (The Gypsy Maid)” by Gaetano Donizetti, “The Singer” by Michael Head, Stephen Sondheim’s “Green Finch and Linnet Bird” from Sweeney Todd, “Ah! Je veux vivre” from Roméo et Juliette by Charles Gounod and “Sous le dome épais” from Lakmé by Léo Delibes. She will be accompanied by OBU Staff Accompanist Phyllis Walker.
Hawking, a musical theatre major from Sherwood, Ark., will present her sophomore musical theatre recital at 2 p.m. She has been a member of Ouachita’s Concert Choir and Ouachita Sounds and has served as choreographer for Ouachita productions including A Festival of Christmas, Ouachita Sounds in Concert, A Year with Frog and Toad and Hello, Dolly! She also has performed in three mainstage productions at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre and participated in its Summer Musical Theatre Intensive program for aspiring young artists.
Hawking’s recital will include the following selections: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “As If We Never Said Goodbye” from Sunset Boulevard, a scene from Robert Coles’ “Cute Boys in Their Underpants Make It Big (in Show Business)”, Irving Berlin’s “I Love a Piano” from Stop! Look! Listen! and Alan Menken’s “I Wanna Be a Rockette” from Kicks: The Showgirl Musical.
For more information, contact Ouachita’s School of Fine Arts at (870) 245-5129.
Ouachita Baptist University will host opera and musical theatre director Dr. Mark Ross Clark in a musical theatre workshop on Friday, March 7. The workshop, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 3-5 p.m. in Jones Performing Arts Center.
The first half of the workshop will include movement exercises to help prepare participants for singing and performing. Clark will then work with four students in a master class, critiquing their performances of musical theatre selections for the benefit of all workshop participants.
Mark Ross Clark
“I hope that students will gain tools they can use for preparing their vocal repertoire,” said Dr. Maggie Garrett, assistant professor of music.
Garrett was a student of Clark’s in the Indiana University opera workshop while pursuing her Master of Music degree and explained that Clark previously conducted an opera workshop at Ouachita in 2010.
“Dr. Clark requested to come to OBU because he was impressed with the high caliber of our students when he was here to present a workshop in 2010,” Garrett noted.
She added that the workshop seeks to provide dual outcomes, giving students the opportunity “to try out physical exercises they can take home and apply to their singing.” Additionally, she said, “During the master class portion, attendees will see how a professional stage director works to bring the vocal and theatrical improvements he desires out of the performers with whom he is working. It is the hope that they will learn things they can apply to their own performances.”
Clark currently serves as artistic director of the Louisiana Lyric Opera and director of opera and musical theatre at the University of Louisiana-Monroe. He also is a respected author and is in the process of publishing a new book on musical theatre repertoire that includes analysis of 100 Broadway songs for voice students and their teachers. His books Singing, Acting and Movement in Opera and The Guide to Aria Repertoire are widely used by singing actors and instructors.
Clark previously served as director of the Indiana University Opera Theatre, and his students have gone on to sing at such renowned opera theatres as The Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, The New York City Opera and The Chicago Lyric Opera. He has directed opera productions throughout the U.S. as well as in the United Kingdom and Brazil; his production of Susannah at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro won national recognition by the National Opera Association in 2005.
The Ouachita students who will perform in the master class are Chad Burris, Timothy Drennan, Caitlin Secrest and Garrett Whitehead. Staff pianists Susan Monroe and Phyllis Walker will accompany the singers. All participants should come dressed appropriately for the movement portion of the workshop.
For more information, contact Dr. Maggie Garrett at firstname.lastname@example.org or (870) 245-5271.
Ouachita Baptist University will host world-renowned flutist Dr. Tadeu Coelho as guest artist and speaker for a flute seminar on Ouachita’s campus Saturday, March 8. As part of the all-day event, co-sponsored by the Hot Springs Flute Ensemble, Coelho will perform in a recital as well as lead a discussion and masterclass for seminar participants.
“Dr. Coelho is inspiring in his performances and his outlook on life and teaching,” said event organizer Kristin Grant, assistant professor of music at OBU. “He has a beautiful flute sound, brilliant technique and the ability to capture and share expression in music.”
Grant also serves as conductor of the Hot Springs Flute Ensemble. This is the second time she has brought Coelho to campus for this event following his successful visit five years ago.
The public is invited to attend two performances Saturday afternoon. The seminar flute choir will perform at 1 p.m. in Hammons Gallery outside the McBeth Recital Hall, followed by a concert by Coehlo at 1:30 p.m. in McBeth Recital Hall. He will be accompanied on the piano by Dr. Adam Haas, OBU lecturer in music. These events are free and open to the public.
Musicians may also register to participate in the full seminar, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday with a flute choir rehearsal for registered attendees. Following the rehearsal, Coelho will lead a discussion on “Flute as Inspiration and Praise” at 11 a.m. Finishing up the day, flutists will then have the opportunity to play for Coelho and receive critique as part of a masterclass from 3-5 p.m.
Coelho, a native of Brazil, has performed in music halls across the world and recorded multiple solo CDs. He currently teaches at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He previously served as associate professor of flute at the University of Iowa and the University of New Mexico as well as visiting professor at the Ino Mirkovich Music Academy in Croatia. Coelho earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Manhattan School of Music and now works to train the next generation of flutists.
For more information about Coelho’s visit or registration information for the seminar, contact Kristin Grant at email@example.com or (870) 245-5518.
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.