Abby Adams, a senior musical theatre major from Houston, Texas, will present her senior musical theatre recital on March 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Mabee Fine Arts Center’s McBeth Recital Hall on the campus of Ouachita Baptist University.
Adams has appeared on the OBU stage as Winnifred in Once Upon a Mattress and Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance. She has placed third in OBU’s Mary Shambarger Aria Competition and has been a semifinalist in the Southern Region National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) auditions. Adams has been named to the Dean’s List, is a member of Theta Alpha Phi national honor fraternity for theatre arts and is the president of OBU’s chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota international music fraternity for women.
The theme of Adams’ recital is “A Woman Scorned,” and the performance is meant to illustrate the five stages of acceptance, moving from denial, anger and bargaining to depression and finally acceptance.
Adams will open the recital with Marco Antonio Cesti’s “Intorno all’idol mio,” followed by Manuel de Falla’s “Astoriana y Canción,” Seymour Barab’s “A Fine Line,” and Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Many a New Day / I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair” from A Grand Night for Singing. Adams will then perform Act 3, Scene 2 from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, followed by Cole Porter’s “I Hate Men” from Kiss Me Kate and George Bizet’s “The Habanera” from Carmen.
The recital will continue with Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Amour! Viens aider ma faiblesse” from Samson and Delilah, Henry Purcell’s “Dido’s Lament” from Dido and Aeneas, Hugo Wolf’s “Verborgenheit” and Herman Bemberg’s “Chant Hindu.” Adams will then perform Frank Wildhorn’s “I’ll Forget You” from The Scarlet Pimpernel, Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich’s “Oh How I Loved You” from The Marcy and Zina Show and Cy Coleman’s “No Man Left for Me,” concluding the recital with Frank Wildhorn’s “A New Life” from Jekyll and Hyde.
The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, contact OBU’s School of Fine Arts at (870) 245-5129.
by Brooke Showalter