LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - A unique collaboration among Lock Haven University dancers, theatre students, musicians and vocalists made the spring 2010 dance concert a spectacular success. All four performances on April 23 and 24 were sold out.Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State
System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in
the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate
programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and
work in Pennsylvania.
Over 160 LHU students participated in the program. While most students were dancers, many others were musicians, part of the theatre tech crew, and members of the vocal ensemble.
The dance numbers, choreographed by students and faculty, ranged from serious classical ballet to comedic performance art, and modern investigations of movement and design in space. For the April 23 matinee, the LHU performers were joined by students from Dickey Elementary School who performed a dance related to modern technology.
The concert began with a unique performance of “O Fortuna,” which combined the talents of students in all programs within the LHU Performing Arts department. The number featured 21 dancers, the Vocal Choir Ensemble and musicians from within the university’s instrument ensembles.
Theatre students participating in the concert served as lighting designers, sound designers, stage managers and the stage crew who run the house.
The concert also featured a special comedic performance by Dr. Dale Young, assistant professor of Theatre, and two theatre majors, Justin Bupp and Shawn Ergler.
The concert was the result of collaborative efforts by Associate Professor Ronald Miller, Director of Vocal Music, Assistant Professor Dale Young, Theatre Department; Associate Professor Jayme Host, Director of the LHU Dance program; and Associate Professor Laura Bird, Theatre Department Technical Director.