Written by Dwight Bachman
Eastern and Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) Theatre students represented the Connecticut State University (CSU) at the Annual CSU NYC Showcase of Student Talent, presented, this year, at the Producers Club Crowne Theatre on May 20 and 21. This showcase, which began in 1994, enables students to put theory into practice by performing in an off-Broadway theatre, and engages students in outstanding learning experiences through participation in workshops, master classes, as well as technical and design tours, led by working professionals in the field.
This year, Eastern juniors and seniors presented "Scenes, Songs, and Monologues 2012," a compilation of short works; SCSU Theatre majors performed a one-act play titled "The Book of Liz." Families and friends; CSU faculty, students, staff and alumni; the general public; invited guests; and professionals from the field such as actors, directors, casting directors; and talent agents comprised the audiences at the NYC Showcase.
This year, Robin Carus, casting director of J & R Creative, led a question and answer session following the Monday evening show, where students learned about the next steps necessary to prepare for life and work in theatre in NYC. In addition to this real-world experience of taking a show on the road and networking with Theatre artists, students also attended Broadway shows; toured cutting edge design companies; participated in a backstage tour of the Broadway musical, "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert"; and took an intensive movement workshop at the Actors Movement Studio in the heart of Broadway. Above, Liz Swan, left, and Hilary Osborn, right, perform in "Scenes, Songs and Monologues."