The World Goes ‘Round: Students Work with Guest Director

The Theatre Department will be returning to the stage for an exciting performance from Feb. 23-25. Students have been hard at work preparing for “The World Goes ‘Round,” a musical revue that is made up of songs made famous by Broadway giants John Kander and Fred Ebb. The music featured next week will be from timeless musicals such as “Chicago,” “Cabaret”, “The Rink” and “Kiss of the Spiderwoman.”

The E&H department is also welcoming guest director Stearns Matthews to run the show. Matthews has been working alongside longtime friend Jeremiah Downes, Assistant Professor of Theatre, who serves as music director for “The World Goes ‘Round.”

“Professor Downes is music directing the show, and he has been working with us to develop our music skills in order for us to have the ability to hear and sing difficult close harmonies,” said sophomore Danielle Muawad. Muawad is one student working as a cast member in the show.

There are many characters that will be portrayed in the revue, as each song is from a variation of different shows. The acts in the “World Goes ‘Round” will portray different situations in which people in the audience should be able to relate to.

“I really love working on this because I get to craft music all afternoon with really talented people,” said junior and cast member Iz Ibanez.

Matthews is an award-winning cabaret singer and actor from New York. In 2015, he won the MAC Award for Best Male Vocalist. Stearns studied Music Theater at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, according to his online biography.

When he is not performing across the country and winning awards, Matthews teaches vocal lessons to amateurs and professionals of all levels. Students performing in “The World Goes ‘Round” were given the opportunity to work with Matthews and learn from the professional.

The show runs Feb. 23-25 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Feb. 26 in the Blackbox Theatre of the MCA Tickets are $10, and the show will be a lyceum credit.

– Hailey Ellis

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