Posts tagged ‘Penn State musical theatre’

Now Starring in ‘Evita’ …

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Caroline Bowman

Penn State musical theatre grad Caroline Bowman ’10 is having some terrific early-career success: She’s just been named to the lead role of Eva Perón in the upcoming national tour of Evita, the musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.

Evita, based on the life of the second wife of Argentinian president Juan Perón, started as a musical album, then debuted as a stage production in London in 1978 and on Broadway in 1979. The Broadway version won seven Tony awards, and a 2012 Broadway revival earned three Tony nominations. The new national tour, which is based on the 2012 revival, will have a 26-city run starting Sept. 8 and continuing through next June.

Most recently, Bowman was a member of the ensemble for the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots. She left that cast just a few days ago to join Evita. Can’t wait to hear her sing “Don’t Cry for me Argentina.”

Tina Hay, editor

July 16, 2013 at 4:41 pm Leave a comment

A Sneak Preview of ‘Rent’ at Penn State

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Junior musical theatre major Sarah Ellis as Maureen.

I had a chance last night to see the first half of a dress rehearsal for Rent, the final production of the Penn State Centre Stage season. Better yet, I got to shoot photos. And better than that, I had a partner shooting photos with me: my brother Chris, who is a professional photographer in our hometown of Somerset, Pa.

Chris’ work involves shooting a lot of weddings, portraits of high school seniors, family portraits, and the like. So shooting live theatre was kind of a change of pace for him. We split up—he sat on one side of the theatre and I sat on the other—so we could get the action from more than one angle. And Rent proved to have plenty of action.

It was unlike any other stage performance I’ve seen before. Action is taking place everywhere in the theatre—not just onstage but all above/around it and in the aisles as well. If you’ve seen shows at the Pavilion, you know just how (more…)

April 5, 2011 at 3:34 pm Leave a comment

A Model Scarecrow

Every once in a while we have photo shoot with a person so comfortable in front of the lens that it’s hard to pick the one great shot.

Adam Jepsen, our Everyday Person in the November/December issue, was just that kind of subject—the camera loved him. Adam, a musical theatre major, took last year off from school to play the Scarecrow in the national touring production of The Wizard of Oz. Here’s a slideshow of outtakes from the shoot, photographed by Bill Cardoni on a farm in nearby Lemont, Pa., where we were lucky to find a real Tin Man for Adam to pose with.

Carole Otypka, art director

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October 28, 2010 at 3:02 pm 1 comment


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