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March 21, 1997

'It's Showtime' reviews famous productions

By Kelly Maher

Lariat Reporter

This weekend students will have the opportunity to get a taste of Broadway, folk, jazz and musical scores from Disney movies all in one show. Baylor Showtime! will put on a revue titled, It's Showtime. The group will present two shows, one on Friday at 8 p.m. and a matinee on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

The performance group started in 1980 with the help of a former University voice professor. The group began under the umbrella of the opera workshop. Originally, the group was entirely student-run.

'They had a student director, a student choreographer, a student everything,' said Dr. Leta Horan, director of the group and associate professor of keyboard studies.

Horan took over as director in the spring of 1981. She has worked with Baylor Showtime! off and on since then.

Horan expresses a love for music and everything associated with it.

'American theater music is one of my real passions,' Horan said. 'I am fortunate to perform and work with some of the most talented people in the world.'

Baylor Showtime! carries 17 members, comprised of singers, a vocal jazz ensemble and instrumentalists. The primary function of the group is to represent the University to various community and alumni groups and to promote the University to possible future students.

'It's a great chance to perform. It's also a good recruiting tool,' Leslie Garner, a member of Baylor Showtime! and San Marcus junior said. 'My greatest thrill is talking to future students about it.'

One member of the group, Lisa Greaves, a Denton senior, has a family history with the group. She has performed with the group for two years, and her father performed with Horan while he was a student at the University.

'Baylor Showtime! offers something very unique for students to broaden their cultural horizons,' Greaves said ' It has cultivated my dance and music disciplines and has helped me with many other aspects of my life.'

The ensemble is a very tight knit group. Bess Worley, a Dunn Loring, Va. senior, describes her experience in working with the members of the group.

'You really get to learn to play off each other,' Worley said. 'You learn their styles and their attitudes.'

When asked by friends if she would ever leave the University, Worley replies, 'No, never because of Baylor Showtime!.'

The group will perform a medley from the acclaimed musical Les Miserables, and a medley with a friendship theme.

Tickets for the performance are $6 and are available from the Department of Theater Arts box office in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center.

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