River Campus Announces Event Line Up for Summer Arts Festival 2018

Southeast Missouri State University announces the event lineup for the fifth annual River Campus Summer Arts Festival with a full day of visual and performing arts exhibitions and activities June 16.

The day’s events are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature live music, dance and theatrical performances, magic, visual arts displays, hands-on family-friendly art experiential activities, museum exhibitions, musical instruments and animal petting zoos, creative writing workshops, an art walk, and other hands-on activities throughout the River Campus. The event is free and open to all ages in the entire region.

“We are very excited to host another great festival showcasing the work of professional artists from our region, and giving the community an opportunity to see what occurs at the River Campus,” said Rhonda Weller-Stilson, associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and director of the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts. “There is something for everyone of all ages. From amazing live performances to hands-on activities, families and art lovers can be a part of the magic that makes this day so special as we exceed our goals year after year.”

A free River Campus Summer Arts Festival Shuttle, sponsored by the University and the Rotary Club of Cape Girardeau, will transport visitors to the festival from multiple locations throughout downtown Cape Girardeau. A map indicating the shuttle route is available here.

This year’s festival will include two free performances of “Legally Blonde Jr.” on the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall stage at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Both performances are open to the public and will not require ticket purchases. Based on the award-winning Broadway musical and movie, the musical follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams.

“The cast will be 10- to 15-year-old children performing for children playing the parts of sorority sisters, law school students, hairdressers and more,” Weller-Stilson said. “This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the young talent in the area, and kids and families will delight in seeing kids performing for kids. This year’s show is a hit you don’t want to miss.”

Also on the Bedell stage at 12:30 p.m. will be dance performances by the Dance Consortium and Dance Intensive Camp.

Outdoor entertainment will be provided by the Southeast Missouri Music Academy’s Suzuki Players, Chestnut Mountain Gang, violin dragoness Lydia Gentry, Steve Schaffner and the Jumper Cables, and the Jerry Ford Combo. Performances by the Steel Drum Band will also take place in the Seminary Quad.

Food and drinks will be available all day from Chartwells in St. Vincent’s Commons in the Kenneth and Jeanine Dobbins River Campus Center, and from Sugar Chic Creamery and Caribbeana Creole Taqueria, Easy Street SoCo Food and Kona Ice food trucks. Attendees are also encouraged to bring their own food and picnics.

Art studios and booths will offer demonstrations, art for sale from local artists, mask making and a photo booth multimedia center. Faculty member Louise Bodenheimer will demonstrate her craft in the Art Studio.

Local artist Craig Thomas will coordinate an “Avenue of Art” where chalk drawings may be created. He will even create his own chalk drawing for the festival. A magician will perform, and art activities, including printmaking and tattoos for kids will be available all day.

The Southeast Explorer, the University’s mobile museum, will be on display with its “World War I” exhibit, and the Lazy L Safari petting zoo will be on hand for animal lovers to enjoy. Outdoor play areas will be available in the seminary quad, including bouncy houses and obstacle course, and an art and geometry activity.

In the Dobbins Center, visitors are invited to Acting Laboratory Camp performances; stage combat exhibitions; a musical instrument petting zoo; history, forensic science, and agriculture stations; and coloring for all ages.

The Cultural Arts Center will have community theatre performances, including Richard James’ “White Lies” by the River City Players and “The Lion King” by Between the Scenes Studios.

“Recent Acquisitions,” an exhibition of recently donated artworks and artifacts, will be on display in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum. The museum will also play short 10-minute films from the 2017 Fault Line Film Festival.

“Kids Yoga” sponsored by the City of Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation department will take place throughout the day on the east patio behind the Cultural Arts Center.

Participants in the first Studio of Visual Art Camp will have their work exhibited in the River Campus Art Gallery, and artists of all ages are invited to learn how to make Button Zen tangles.

Students in the Vocal Arts Book Camp will perform “Sing Out!” twice during the day, and the Scott City Honor Choir directed by Heather Helle will perform in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall.

Those interested in dance are invited to visit the dance studios in both the Cultural Arts Center and the Dobbins Center where a variety of styles will be performed, including Aerial Arts, Ballet, Country Western, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Buti Yoga, Swing, Zumba, Contemporary Dance, and a Dance Intensive Studio Performance.

Other activities will include bookmark making, story time and a writing workshop by Dr. James Brubaker and Dr. Dan Crocker in the Arts Resource Center.

Capping the day’s events will be a performance of “The 39 Steps” at 7:30 p.m. in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre. A melodramatic comedy adapted by Patrick Barlow and based on a novel by John Buchan and a film by Alfred Hitchcock, this whodunit that meets a spicy spy novel, takes one boring man’s life and thrusts it into a nationwide manhunt while trying to evade the mysterious 39 Steps organization. Tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for senior citizens. Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265 or by visiting http:///

Festival sponsors include Drury Hotels, US Bank, the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts, Southeast Missouri State University, City of Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation, the Isle Casino Cape Girardeau, Rust Communications, KGMO, Ameren Missouri, KBSI, River Radio, Pure Country C106.1, KRCU, Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau, SoutheastHEALTH, Legends, Lemonade Grill, Cape Noon Optimist Club, Cape Rotary Club, the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum, Jimmy John’s, Andy’s Frozen Custard, Minglewood Brewery, Pepsi, and the University’s departments of Art, Music and The Conservatory of Theatre and Dance. Partners include the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, Old Town Cape and the United Way of Southeast Missouri.

The full River Campus Summer Arts Festival lineup is as follows:

Outdoor Areas:

Entertainment Stage:

10 a.m.: Suzuki Players (Music Academy)

10:30 a.m.: Magician Rob Huff

11:30 a.m.: Chestnut Mountain Gang – Folk

Noon: Magician Rob Huff

12:30 p.m.: Lydia Gentry, Violin Dragoness

1 p.m.: Chestnut Mountain Gang – Folk

1:30 p.m.: Steve Schaffner & Jumper Cables – Americana

2 p.m.: Lydia Gentry, Violin Dragoness

2:30 p.m.: Jerry Ford Combo – Jazz

3 p.m.: Steve Schaffner & Jumper Cables – Americana

3:30 p.m.: Jerry Ford Combo – Jazz


10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Rob Huff will roam except for 10:30 a.m. and noon show

Art Tent:

10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Art activities and rub on tattoos for kids all day

10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Art project –  Cub Scout Pack 4020

10 a.m.-5 p.m.: mask making with Deana Luetkenhaus

Avenue of Art:

10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Artists of all ages will participate in creating chalk art

Craig Thomas will create a piece for the festival

Southeast Explorer in Southwest Parking Lot:

10 a.m.-5 p.m.: “World War I” exhibit

Cultural Arts Center East Patio:

Kids Yoga sponsored by City of Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation, Christine Jaegers

Interactive Yard:

10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Lazy L Safari Petting Zoo

Art Studios and Booths:

10 a.m.-5 p.m.:

Demonstrations and art for sale by local artists

Louise Bodenheimer in art studio

Photo booth in Multimedia Center

Community Booths:

10 a.m.-5 p.m.:  Multiple community groups will have handouts and activities

Food and Drinks:

St. Vincent’s Commons (with food prepared by Chartwells) in the Kenneth and Jeanine Dobbins River Campus Center
Sugar Chic Creamery

Caribbeana Creole Taqueria truck

Easy Street SoCo Food truck

Kona Ice truck

Outdoors Play Areas in Seminary Quad:

10 a.m.-5 p.m.:  Moon Walkers – Bouncy house and obstacle course

10 a.m.-5 p.m.:  Art and Geometry (Dr. Tamela Randolph and bubbles)

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Steel Drum Band

Cultural Arts Center:

Atrium and Community Theatre:

10 a.m.-noon:  “White Lies” by River City Players

10 a.m.-5 p.m.:  Southeast Missouri State University Admissions booth

1:30-2:30 p.m.: “The Lion King” by Between the Scenes

Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum:

10 a.m.-5 p.m.: “Recent Acquisitions” exhibit

Short 10-minute films at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. from the 2017 Fault Line Film Festival

Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre:

7:30 p.m.: “The 39 Steps”

Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall:

10 a.m.: “Legally Blonde Jr.”

12:30 p.m.: Dance performances from Dance Consortium and Dance Intensive Camp

3 p.m.: “Legally Blonde Jr.”

Dance Studio, Cultural Arts Center Room 157:

10:30 a.m.: Aerial Arts Performance (The Edge, Your Fitness Advantage)

11:30 a.m.: Kids Aerial: ages 5-8 (Mindy Held – The Edge, Your Fitness Advantage)

1:30 p.m.: Country Western (Irene Reynolds, Irene’s Country Dancers)

2:15 p.m.: Ballet for Young Children (Hannah Wolf, The Dance Center)

3:30 p.m.: Aerial Arts Performance (The Edge, Your Fitness Advantage)

4:30 p.m.: Aerial Arts Mini-classes: ages 9-12 and 13 and older (The Edge)

Seminary Building:

Arts Resource Center:

10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Bookmark making

10:45 a.m.: Story time

Noon: Story time

1:30 p.m.: “Using and Writing About Popular Culture in Fiction and Poetry,” writing workshop with Dr. James Brubaker and Dr. Dan Crocker

River Campus Art Gallery:

10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Southeast Studio of Visual Art Camp exhibition

11:00 a.m.: Button Zen tangles for tweens

2 p.m.: Button Zen tangles for tweens

Shuck Recital Hall:

11 a.m.: Vocal Arts Boot Camp performance “Sing Out!”

1:30 p.m.: Vocal Arts Boot Camp performance “Sing Out!”

3:30 p.m.: Scott City Honor Choir directed by Heather Helle

Dobbins Center:

Acting/Directing Studio:

10:30 a.m.: Acting Laboratory Camp performance

1 p.m.: Acting Laboratory Camp performance

3 p.m.: Stage Combat exhibition – Bart Williams

4 p.m.: Stage Combat exhibition – Bart Williams

Dobbins Center Hallway:

10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Musical Instrument Petting Zoo

10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Center for Regional History – Dr. Adam Criblez

Atrium of Dobbins Center:

10 a.m.-5 p.m.: History station – Dr. Adam Criblez

10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Agriculture station – Dr. Julie Weathers and Missy LaPlant

10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Forensic Science station – Dr. James McGill

10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Girl Scouts station – Erin Schloss

Dobbins Center Gallery:

10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Coloring station

Dance Studio, RCC 119:

11 a.m.: Swing Dance (Dan Beeson, Cape Ballroom)

11:45 a.m.: Buti Yoga (Chelsea Aldrich)

12:30 p.m.: Zumba (Jessica Lopez)

2:30 p.m.: The Conservatory Dance Intensive Studio performance

3:10 p.m.: Contemporary Dance (Thomas Proctor, Ashleyliane Dance Company)

3:50 p.m.: Jazz Dance (Jessica Carlson, Leverage Dance Theatre)

4:30 p.m.: Hip-Hop (Jimmie Miller, Broken and Redeemed)

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