Student Recitals, Classic Musicals Dominate Samford Arts April 20-28, Theatre Summer Camps Announced

2013-04-15Sean Flynt, phone (205) 726-4197, e-mail
Samford University's School of the Arts has an extremely busy week ahead, with many student recitals and our annual musical theatre production. Wright Center joins in with a major production of its own.
We have a host of student recitals to offer through the end of the month, including:
4/18  Junior Voice Recital: Bethany Orick 5:30 p.m. Bolding Studio
4/20  Graduate Voice Recital: Eliza Piroşcă Warden 1:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall
4/20  Junior Voice Recital: Rebecca Rafla 3:30 p.m. Bolding Studio
4/20  Senior Voice Recital: Megan Mitchell 5:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall
4/23  Senior Tuba Recital: Ben Griner 5:30 p.m. Bolding Studio
4/23  Division of Music Honors Recital 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall
4/25  Senior Voice Recital: Ethan Aster 5:30 p.m. Bolding Studio
4/27  Senior Voice Recital: Amberlyn Richardson 3:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall
4/27  Graduate Piano Recital: Emily Logan 5:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall
4/27  Senior Piano Recital: Nathan Lyon 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall
4/30  Junior Voice Recital: Melissa Carson 5:30 p.m. Bolding Studio

The Wright Center Presents Series concludes Sunday, April 21, with Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway at 7 p.m. in the Leslie S. Wright Fine Arts Center. Jaime Davidson, Wright Center assistant director, tells us that the musical revue recreates the greatest moments from the finest shows of the 20th century, featuring the actual stars of shows such as “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Miserables,” “Cats,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” and “Jekyll & Hyde.”

“These amazing performers light up the stage with songs from the hit shows in which they starred,” Davidson said. “Neil Berg presents brilliantly revived arrangements of Broadway classics as well as thrilling numbers from Broadway’s newest hit shows.”

Tickets range from $20-$45 and are on sale now at the Samford Arts Box Office in Swearingen Hall, by phone at (205) 726-2853 or online at
Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and 1 hour prior to performances.

That’s your Broadway appetizer.

Starting April 25, the School of the Arts welcomes you to the 1950s, and to The Pajama Game, the final show of this season's Michael J. & Mary Anne Freeman Theatre & Dance Series. The beloved musical comedy by George Abbot and Richard Bissell, with music by Jerry Adler and Jerry Ross, is set amidst labor unrest in a pajama factory. Love blossoms between Babe, the grievance committee head, and Sid, the new factory superintendent. The Tony Award-winning musical features American musical classics “Steam Heat” and “Hernando’s Hideaway.”
Get your tickets now for a classic romantic comedy the whole family can enjoy! Tickets are only $6-12, so you really can bring the whole family.
April 25–27, 7:30 p.m., Harrison Theatre
April 28, 2:30 p.m., Harrison Theatre
Buy tickets here or call (205) 726-2853
For groups of 10 or more, contact Lisa Gibbs at

All the musical theatre and (finally) warming weather inspires us to look ahead to summer. Are your kids looking for something fun to do as thermometers start to explode? Maybe something in a nice, cool theatre? Read on.

Once Upon a Time Summer Theatre Camp (K-4-Grade 6)
June 24-28 / August 5-9
Students in this 9 a.m.-2 p.m. camp will bring to life popular children's stories of their own and bygone eras. The week will be spent learning lines for a play as well as painting a scenic backdrop, gathering costumes and creating makeup designs for the various characters and practicing onstage. Special classes include art, music, creative movement and outdoor games. The week will culminate in a performance Friday onstage in Harrison Theatre. Students receive a camp t-shirt, makeup pencils, bottled water and a snack. Session A and Session B will produce different stories, giving your child the option to attend both sessions. Teachers are current Samford students, alumni or faculty. Classes are limited to 10 students per two teachers, so it's not too early to reserve your place.
Find fees, schedules and registration links here. 

Theatre Arts Intensive Summer Camp (rising Grades 7-12)
July 22 - August 2
Students in this 9 a.m.-4 p.m. camp delve deeper into the dramatic arts. They will work on a variety of theatre arts, including monologues, acting styles, audition skills, makeup, scenic and costume design, and produce age appropriate plays for performance on the last day of camp. We also offer a musical theatre track, which will be placed by audition on the first day of the camp. Students receive a camp t-shirt, makeup kit, bottled water and a snack. Students should bring a lunch or money to purchase items from the food court. Teachers are current Samford students, alumni or faculty.
Find fees, schedules and registration links here.