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LCC Performing Arts Department Presents ‘Summer Stage’ events

LCC Performing Arts Department Presents ‘Summer Stage’ events

Jaimie Bozack
A&E Editor

Students looking to take a break from studies this summer semester can enjoy comedy, music and more during LCC’s annual “Summer Stage Under the Stars.”

The LCC Performing Arts Department will present: “Invierno,” “The Two Musketeers!,” the LCC Faculty Jazz Quartet, Story Theater and DANCE Lansing. Acts will be on campus during June and July.

All performances are free and begin at 7 p.m.

Melissa Kaplan, LCC’s fine arts and performing arts coordinator, said she hopes for a good turnout for this year’s “Summer Stage Under the Stars” series.

“A festival like this gives us a great opportunity to invite the community to the campus and see what the campus and the performing arts department is all about,” Kaplan said.

“The festival gives students a chance to perform and gain stage experience. I hope students involved learn and also have fun.”

Following is a rundown of each of the shows. Each takes place in the outdoor amphitheater on Washington Mall, between the Gannon Building and Dart Auditorium, unless otherwise noted.

“Invierno,” the first performance, will take place Thursday, June 4 through Sunday, June 7, inside Dart Auditorium. It is presented by the American Shakespeare Collective.

They play is directed by Tommy Gomez. It features multiple languages throughout, making it a diverse story that appeals to everyone.

The play is an adaptation of “Winter’s Tale,” and will follow multiple stories set during different time periods in California.

“The Two Musketeers!” runs Wednesday, June 17 through Saturday, June 21, and will offer comedic relief from any exams, essays or other work students may have.

“The Two Musketeers!” is directed by John Lenox. The play will have audience members laughing in their seats as a small company of nine actors play multiple roles.

The play follows the story of an acting troop putting on a production of “The Three Musketeers,” but they fall short on money and cut one Musketeer.

The LCC Faculty Jazz Quartet performs Wednesday, June 24. The sounds of saxophones will be heard throughout campus as the group takes the amphitheater stage.

This performance will feature Dennis Therrian, Jon Gewirtz, Ed Fedewa and Mike Daniels, as well as guest performers from the LCC Music Program.

Story Theater, a series of fun fairytales, takes the stage from Wednesday, July 22 through Sunday, July 26.

Directed by Mary Matzke, Story Theater will bring tales from both the Brothers Grimm Collection and Aesop’s Fables to life.

DANCE Lansing runs from Tuesday, July 28 through Friday, July 31. DANCE Lansing will have audiences tapping their feet along to new choreography presented by Happendance and LCC Dance.

All scheduled outdoor performances will move inside Dart Auditorium in case of rain. For more information, call Melissa Kaplan at 517-483-1488.

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