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Showtime! hits stage today

March 28, 2003

By Melinda Aguilar

The School of Music's musical theater performance ensemble, called ShowTime!, will present its annual spring show this weekend. Shows will run today, Saturday and Sunday in the Jesse H. Jones Theatre located in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center.

Today and Saturday shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday's matin+e show is at 2:30 p.m.

The theme of this year's show is 'It's Show Time' and will feature music from American Broadway hits from Richard Rodgers' Oklahoma!, and Disney classics from the movies Cinderella and Pinocchio.

Dr. Leta Horan, associate professor of keyboard studies and director of ShowTime!, has worked with the group since 1983. She said her love for Broadway musicals and her passion to share it with others is one reason she enjoys working with ShowTime!

'One of the joys of my life is sharing this music with students,' Horan said. 'If you have a passion for it, it's going to be a joy to do it.'

ShowTime!, comprised of Baylor students, is unlike any other student group on campus. Some student participants say they are drawn to ShowTime! because it incorporates both singing and acting.

'It's a unique thing on campus,' said Ben Thomas, a Woodway sophomore and member of ShowTime! 'It's not often that both music and acting come together.'

The cast of ShowTime! also gets the opportunity to take their shows on the road. Students in the past have had the opportunity to travel to Washington, Phoenix and have taken trips to Austria every other year. The cast will perform shows throughout Switzerland and Austria this summer.

Hilary Osburn, an Edmond, Okla., senior and three-year member, will travel to Austria for the second time.

'ShowTime! is by far one of the most unique organizations anywhere,' Osburn said.

Since musical theater is her hobby, she said she is able to get away from the stress of school and books.

The end of the show will feature a spoof on famous operettas, and Italian operas. The melodramatic plot of the operetta segment of the show, called 'Merry Merry Maids of the Desert,' will include songs from The Desert Song and The Merry Widow.

Although the show will feature many different pieces of music, the inclusion of the whole cast helps tie the production together.

'Everyone's on stage the whole time,' Thomas said. 'That's what makes it a lot of fun...there's a lot of energy.'

After the sound of the music dies down and the acting and dancing are through, Osburn said that she will remember what her director told them.

'We are making people happy so they can forget the hard times in the world today.'