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Nine Musical Theatre Students Take Talent to New York

April 2, 2013

Ready to belt out musical numbers like “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again,” “The Lusty Month of May” and “Twenty-Something,” nine theatre arts majors will take the stage at Snapple Theater Center in New York Thursday to showcase their talents and possibly launch their careers on Broadway and beyond.

The “Senior Showcase” is a 45-minute musical potpourri in which each student sings two songs between the opening and closing numbers that they sing together. The songs are from a number of musicals, including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Camelot” and “Tales of the Bad Years.” The show, now in its seventh year, is directed by Mitchell D. Hanlon, professor of theatre and dance, who also accompanies the students on piano. Hanlon also co-produces the program with Eve Himmelheber, associate professor of theatre and dance.

As a preview, the undergrads — all expected to earn a B.F.A. in theatre arts-musical theatre this spring — performed last week for members of the MAMM Alliance, a group that provides support for visiting artists and special programming for CSUF’s College of the Arts.

James D. (Jim) Young, emeritus professor of theatre and a MAMM Alliance board member, called the show “exciting” and full of “energy, creativity, dedication, spirit, talent and devotion.”
 
He added that the “talented students will represent Cal State Fullerton well” in New York before an audience of directors, producers and casting agents, as well as CSUF alumni and friends. “Their wonderful talent speaks highly of CSUF’s high-quality programs,” Young said.
 
The students — all Fullerton residents — are:

  •  Audrey Curd
  • Tim Fitzsimons
  • William Hoshida
  • Caitlin Humphreys
  • Edgar Lopez
  • Laurel Petti
  • Amanda Sylvia
  • Amy Trgovac
  • Gina Velez

Curd, Fitzsimons, Hoshida, Lopez, Petti and Sylvia starred in the award-winning CSUF musical production of “Godspell.”

By: Mimi Ko Cruz, 657-278-7586

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