Newman Music Department to present its spring musical

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The Newman University Music Department will present its spring musical “Peace, Love and Music” Thursday, April 27 through Saturday, April 29. The musical will be performed at 7:30 p.m. each evening in Performance Hall of the De Mattias Fine Arts Center on the Newman campus at 3100 McCormick.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students and free for Newman students with ID. Tickets will be available at the door before each performance.

“Peace, Love and Music” tells the story of a group of college students living in the 1960s, where hippies and go go boots reign supreme, and centers around college age students who are trying to find their way and imagine what music will be like in the 1970s, 80s and beyond.  The show is geared for the entire family with high energy singing and dancing by a talented cast showcasing music from the 60s, 70s-80s rock, country and current hits from today’s music charts.

The script is by prominent Wichita area theatre actor, director, playwright and educator Phil Speary. Newman University Director of Music Deanne Zogleman chose the songs and theme, and choreographed the dances.

“I try to make every year something new and exciting for the students and audience so people will come back year after year,” Zogleman said.

Forty Newman students have been cast as singers and actors in this musical and have worked consistently throughout the entire semester to put on the show. The majority of preparations for the musical have taken place during class time, although some rehearsals for dance ensembles have taken place during the evenings.

Zogleman said that the entire process of putting on the production has been a lot of hard and time-consuming work, but also enjoyable. She said that she tries to balance student exposure on stage to make sure that as many students get their opportunity in the spotlight as possible.

For more information, contact Zogleman at 316-942-4291, ext. 2196, or email zoglemand@newmanu.edu.

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