By Lindsay Yakimyshyn
This upcoming weekend, Augustana’s vocal performance students will be strutting their vocal stuff at the dinner theatre fundraiser "The Seasons of Love."
Although “The Seasons of Love” is one of many opportunities that voice majors have to perform and build up their repertoire, the dinner theatre gives the students more of a chance to explore performance techniques and dramatization. Vocal performance student Lesley Jensen says, “In the preparation for this event, as well as the performance, we . . . are given the opportunity to really put ourselves out there and show our personalities. It is so much fun to dress up in costumes and be a character.”
The audience can expect to be delighted with renditions of Broadway favorites. Some selections will be from Broadway smashes like Les Miserables and Wicked, and some of the pieces may be a little less familiar. For example, Jensen demonstrates her enthusiasm about performing a song from the musical You’re Perfect, I Love You, Now Change: “This song is just pure fun from start to finish and the character I play is hilarious. [It] gives me the ability to really let loose and have fun with the audience.”
With all of the excitement surrounding the event, it is important not to overlook the significance of “The Seasons of Love” as a fundraiser. The musical dinner theatre is the second annual fundraiser of the Daybreak Rotary Club. A portion of the proceeds will be directed towards the Augustana music department’s trip to New York. The event will also raise funds for The Open Door, which provides youth outreach and counseling programs in Camrose.
“The Seasons of Love” dinner theatre will be showing at the Norsemen Inn on February 6th and 7th. Tickets can be purchased from the Augustana bookstore, as well as local businesses Pharmasave and Pedersens Florists. Rotary Daybreak Club members will also be selling tickets.