(April 4, 2014) The McNeese State University Theatre Bayou Players will present "a blast from the past" as its season finale - selections from 75 years of musical productions performed at McNeese to celebrate the university's Diamond Anniversary.
This 75th anniversary event will be presented at 7:30 p.m. April 12 and at 2 p.m. April 13 in the Shearman Fine Arts Performing Arts Theatre. Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $10 for McNeese faculty/staff, senior citizens and youth, and free for McNeese students with a current ID. For tickets or more information, call 337-475-5040 or visit www.mcneese.edu/theatre.
The "McNeese Theatre Musical Review" will feature crowd favorites from Sondheim, Berlin, Rogers & Hammerstein and many more that will be performed by current and former students and faculty of the theatre and performing arts programs as well as community members who will lend their voices and talents to celebrate this event.
According to director Donna Jones, the "McNeese Theatre Musical Review" is a show featuring the talent of the present - celebrating and honoring the talent and accomplishments of the past.
"We called this show a review because we are revisiting songs from McNeese Performing Arts musical productions of the past 75 years. But, we are presenting the musical selections in revue style, featuring many songs, dances and instrumental numbers one after the other, all connected by McNeese's musical past," said Jones.
She said the musical review will include over 50 songs from 22 shows sung and played by 43 talented performers. "So, if you don¹t like a particular song, wait a minute!"
Daniel Ieyoub, a McNeese alumnus, performed in three productions as a student - "Brigadoon," "The Student Prince" and "The Red Mill."
"We performed the musicals in Bulber Auditorium, which was always packed, and performed without the use of mikes, which most people seem to need today. It was a wonderful experience which I cherish," Ieyoub said.
Musical selections will include: "The Marriage of Figaro," "Madame Butterfly," "Hansel and Gretel" and "Suor Angelica," operas; "H.M.S. Pinafore," "The Pirates of Penzance," "The Mikado" and "The Gondoliers," operettas; and "Carousel," "Annie Get Your Gun," "Caroline, or Change," "Mame," "Guys and Dolls," "Cabaret," "Into the Woods," "Company," "Little Shop of Horrors," "The Man of LaMancha," "The Sound of Music," "Oklahoma," "The King and I" and "South Pacific," musical theater.
Performers featured are: Danielle Bercier, Lake Charles; Robert Bertrand, Lake Charles; Trae Block, Vidor, Texas; Hayden Bogard, Lake Charles; Justin Breaux, Hathaway, Ava Brown, Lake Charles; Kyante' Brumfield, Houma; Curry Burton, Lake Charles; Jalen Byrd, Luling; Mary Buller, Lake Charles; William Christian, Orange, Texas; Ryan Domingue, Baytown, Texas; Casey Doucet (alumnus), Sulphur; Kenneth W. Espree Jr., Lake Charles; Kathleen Evans, Sulphur; Carolyn Gilbert Hasty, Lake Charles; Andrew Hedrick, Katy, Texas; Danielle Heffer, Lake Charles; Samantha Holland, Lake Charles; Daniel Ieyoub (alumnus), Lake Charles; Molly Jones, Lake Charles; Brandon Lafleur, Kinder; Pat Lavergne (professional), Lake Charles; Dallas Lauderdale, Lake Charles; Carol Lines (faculty); Emily Looney (alumnus), Lake Charles; Victor Medin, Houston, Texas; Logan Metz, Shreveport; Candace Miller, Lake Charles; Colten Miller, Lake Charles; Kyle Mincks, Baytown, Texas; Lucas Orsot, Lake Charles; Robert Post, Lake Charles; Kelly Rowland, Jennings; Hayley Smith, Kinder; Jordy Stanley, Lake Charles; April Stone, Lake Charles; Carl L. Taylor III, Alexandria; Josh Thompson, Lake Charles; and the McNeese Chamber Singers.
Also, a faculty quartet - Dave Scott, trumpet, Jan Scott, clarinet, Lina Morita piano, and Lonny Benoit, percussion - will be performing a suite from Tony Kushner's "Caroline, or Change."
Retired performing arts department head, Michele Martin, is the director of the opera scenes performed by the McNeese Opera Workshop.
Production staff includes: Darby Domingue, Sulphur, stage manager; Kassidy Ortego, Walker, assistant stage manager; Elyssa Constance, Sulphur, costume coordinator; Stan Morris, Lake Charles, light designer; Darryl Jones (faculty), music director; Libby Looney, Lake Charles, choreographer; Lina Morita (faculty), pianist; Samantha Holland, Lake Charles, pianist;
Randy Partin (alumnus), Lake Charles, set construction supervisor; JoAnn Turner (alumnus), Lake Charles, costume assistant; and Charles McNeely (faculty/alumnus), coordinator of theater.
Backstage and front of house staff are: Kevin Delaney, Grand Lake; Jonathon Richards, DeRidder; Ronald Doyle, Singer; Sierra Jones, New Iberia; Chris Reeves, Dry Creek; Jennifer McHaffie, Lake Charles; Sean Hinchee, Lake Charles; Joseph Comeaux, Lake Charles; and Maya Manuel, Camden, Ark.
Persons needing accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the ADA Coordinator at 337-475-5428, voice; 337-475-5960, fax; 337-562-4227, TDD/TTY, hearing impaired; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.