Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Johnny Hebda directs BYU Theatre Dept. Fundraiser

MDT Showcase to Celebrate 'Stages of Love'


Photo By Adam Grimshaw
MDT majors strike a pose during "It's Your Wedding Day," from musical, "The Wedding Singer."
Kicks as high as the Cougarettes', as well as acting, singing and dancing to rival Broadway are all part of 
"Stages of Love" in the Madsen Recital Hall today and Friday with performances each evening at 7 and 9 p.m.
The dancers, singers and actors in this year's Music Dance Theatre Department showcase are ready and excited for show time.
The passion of the showcase performers is evident in each number. Many performers in the showcase described the energy of the show as intense, and with pieces from Broadway musicals such as "Pajama Game," "Brooklyn" and "Swing," the audience might end up singing along.
Johnny Hebda, a senior from Nashville, Tenn., studying music dance theater, is the student director of the showcase.
"Anyone who loves Broadway at all should not miss the show," Hebda said. "It has very high energy, and it will entertain you all the way through."
Randy Boothe is a member of the BYU Music Dance Theatre faculty and voice adviser for the showcase. He said he is impressed by what he has seen blooming in this year's talent, and often offers words of support and encouragement to the exhausted, yet energetic, performers.
The numbers in the show represent different kinds of love, feelings of love and essentially, represent the various stages of love. Hebda said the theme "Stages of Love" is especially appropriate for this year's showcase because of its versatility; it is a theme that lends itself to different genres of musical theater.
Guest performer Jenny Jordan-Frogley is a BYU Music Dance Theatre Department alum, and will be in a couple of the numbers in the showcase.
Tickets are $10, and $7 with BYU student ID.

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