Berea College summer students will present “The Complete Performer- Theatrical Music Through the Ages” on June 3 and 4 at 8 p.m. in Gray Auditorium in the Presser Music Building. In an elaborate music theatre production culminating from intense historical, analytical, stylistic and technical study, 18 students will perform fully costumed and staged scenes from such classics as “The Pirates of Penzance,” “Dido and Aeneas” and “My Fair Lady” to new shows including “Sweeney Todd,” “Chicago,” “RENT” and “Jekyll and Hyde.”
The course, taught by music faculty members Dr. Stephen Bolster, Mark Calkins and Ryan Shirar, offers students an opportunity to perform the works they are studying.
“The students experience the challenges of performing in an intensive manner that we cannot offer during the constraints of the fall and spring terms,” says Bolster, a professor of music at Berea where he leads the college’s choral program. Calkins, who has performed as a professional vocalist in opera and music theatre, brings practical experience to the course. Shirar, a well-known conductor, concert pianist and composer in the region, is the musical director of Lexington’s Paragon Music Theatre.
Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for students and may be purchased with cash or check at the music department office or by calling 985-3466. Tickets will also be available at the door and can be reserved and picked up at Gray Auditorium Lobby on the night of the performance.