MDT students put together musical revue

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    By MARY FLEMING

    BYU’s Music/Dance/Theater Department will perform a variety musical revue this weekend.

    Put together mainly by the students themselves, adviser Tim Threlfall said the 90-minute performance will incorporate the best of the students’ projects from the past year.

    In charge of running the show are MDT seniors Megan Christiansen, from San Jose, Calif., and Betsy Johnson, from Oakdale, Calif., Threlfall said.

    The revue ranges from monologues and scenes from plays to a tap dance number. While there is no specific theme for the performance, the show includes many humorous aspects, Johnson said.

    Most of the performance will be singing, she said. One of the numbers, entitled “Battle of the Belters,” features seven women in a type of mock competition. They will see who can beautifully belt the loudest voice.

    The men get into it, too, said Threlfall. In the number “Songs That Men Sing,” they boast their high range voices.

    Johnson said one delightful section of the show joins monologues with songs in “All’s Fair in Love and War.”

    The freshmen of the department will perform a medley of songs and dances they choreographed themselves from the musical “Grease,” she said.

    A number incorporating jazz with modern dance will be performed. There will also be two choral readings from Dr. Seuss, which the students developed in their voice class, Threlfall said.

    He described the show as high energy and laid back. Johnson said it’s a wonderful way to get the musical span of Broadway.

    Each student is responsible for rehearsing his or her own piece and then the cast rehearses one time together before the performance. Half of the students in the MDT major will perform in the revue, said Threlfall.

    An audition was held earlier in the semester and the students were chosen from that to participate in this show, he said.

    BYU alumnus Brian Clark will be the MC for the revue.

    All proceeds from the show will benefit the MDT scholarship fund.

    “This is really the only way we have to raise money for the scholarships,” Threlfall said.

    The MDT showcase will perform Friday and Saturday evening at 7 and 9 in the Madsen Recital Hall in the HFAC. Tickets cost $5 for students with ID and $8 general admission. For more ticket information, call 378-4322.

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