Monday, September 19, 2011

River Campus holds open house

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KRCU) - The Southeast Missouri State University River Campus hosted an open house previewing some upcoming season events.

A steady stream of people flowed into the River Campus on Saturday for the open house.

Kids could get there faces painted, make origami, and try their hand at various instruments.

The kids weren’t the only ones with entertainment. For the adults, performances ran all day.

Rhonda Weller-Stilson, the Director of the Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts, says all of the areas of the River Campus, from the museum to the art, music, theater, and dance departments, were represented during the day.

"In all of our performance venues we have something going on," Weller-Stilson said. "As well as locations that don’t normally have performances, so in the museum we have cello ensemble, we have jazz ensemble in the convocation center, we have steel drums on the patio. So there’s something happening all over."

Weller-Stilson says said the River Campus has several first-rate shows lined up for this year.

"We open with Into the Woods, and that will be at the end of September. And then we’re doing the Cab Calloway Orchestra, will be one of the touring events. And then we have the symphony opener that will be happening. And in addition to the big events we have small ensembles and recitals, informal dance concerts and things like that, and those are normally free," she said.

The River Campus’ season officially begins with a production of Into the Woods, which runs from September 28 through October 2.

Drew Yount, KRCU


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