Contact: Lynn Stewart,Centenary
to Present "Music and Magic" as Fundraiser for Theatre Scholarships Nov.
Centenary College student/magician John Rabenhorst of Baton Rouge (center) will perform in Music and Magic along with Allison Courville of Sulphur, La. (left); Dani Garza of Bossier City, (right); and Amanda Rundell of Sheridan, Ark., (front), as well as several other Centenary students, in a production that is a fundraiser for theatre scholarships. Music and Magic will be presented at 8 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, and at 2 p.m. Dec. 2 at Marjorie Lyons Playhouse. Admission is $13 for adults, $11 for senior citizens, $8 for students and $6 for children. For tickets or more information, call 318-869-5242. (Photo by Neil Johnson)
SHREVEPORT, LA -- John
Rabenhorst, a sophomore theatre major from Baton Rouge, La., started doing
magic when he was 5. By age 13, he was performing at children's parties
and by 15 he was performing walk-round magic in Baton Rouge restaurants,
at dinner parties and for special events.
By the time he was
16, he had been hired to teach four classes on magic at Louisiana State
University, teaching some 120 people before starting to teach private magic
lessons. As a 17-year-old he performed before a crowd of 2,000 in the Centralplex
Theater. Along the way he was selected Baton Rouge Magician of the Year
(all ages) and performed on Fox TV doing a magic show for a group of children.
Since becoming a Centenary
College student in Shreveport a year ago, he has been hired to perform
for the 2001 Chamber of Commerce banquet, the VIP room at Harrah's Casino
and independently built, produced, wrote, directed and starred in his first
full-scale semi-autobiographical show, Dreams, in Centenary's Hurley Auditorium.
Now he is the star
of the second half of Music and Magic, a two-hour production of the Theatre
Department showcasing Rabenhorst's skills of magic and illusion and the
performing talents of several Centenary students. Rabenhorst will
perform a series of nine illusions. The show begins with a character (played
by Charlton Lyons of Shreveport) who is an 80-year-old magician remembering
one particular show that he
performed as a young
man. Through a series of magical flashbacks, Rabenhorst will incorporate
nine large-scale illusions, including lots of audience interaction.
Mason Nabors will play young John.
The production will
be held at 8 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 and 2 p.m. Dec. 2 in the Marjorie
Lyons Playhouse. The box office will open at noon Monday, Nov. 26 and will
be open daily from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets can be reserved by calling
the box office at 318-869-5242. Tickets are priced at $13 for adults,
$11 for senior citizens, $8 for students and $6 for children. The
event is a fundraiser for Centenary's Theatre Scholarship Fund.
The musical director
is Nathan Thomas, with sets and lights by Don Hooper. Directors are
Robert Buseick and Patric McWilliams. Stage manager is Chris Farr.
During the first half
of the program, performances will include the following:
For further information,
contact the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse at 318-869-5242.
Erin Marshall of
Jennings, La., Johnny Dent of Shreveport, La., and Craig Madole of Shreveport,
who are freshman music majors, will perform a "Stomp" number.
Sara Perkins, a freshman
theatre/history major from New Orleans will sing "Day by Day" from Godspell.
Kat Davis, a freshman
communications major from Lafayette, La., will sing "Sound of Music" from
Erin Hogan, a freshman
film major from Keotuk, Iowa, and Lauren Thrift, a vocal performance major
from Fort Smith, Ark., will sing "Sisters" from White Christmas.
Amanda Rundell, a performing
arts major from Sheridan, Ark., and Ginger Krieg, a performing arts major
from Baton Rouge, will sing a duet of "Women of the Night" from Jekyll
and Hyde. Ms. Rundell will also perform "Life is Just a Bowl
of Cherries" from Fossee and a vocal tap number to "Shakin' the
Blues Away." Ms Krieg will be singing "Can't Help Lovin' that Man
of Mine" from Show Boat and "Bring on the Men" from Jekyll and
Christopher Farr, a theatre
major from Grand Rapids, S.D., will perform a juggling routine.
Diedre Gage, a freshman
history major from Carthage, Texas, will sing "Someone to Watch Over Me"
from Crazy for You.
Allison Courville, a senior
music education major from Sulphur, La., will sing "Ship in a Bottle" from
Amanda McBroom's Heartbreak and "I Got Rhythm" from Girl Crazy.
Dani Garza, a senior theatre
major from Bossier City, will sing "Once Upon a Dream" from Jekyll and
Hyde and another Frank Wildhorn musical number called Big Time.
A production number, choreographed
by Centenary's Ginger Folmer to "Magic to Do" from Pippin will feature
Jenny Warren of Bossier City, Ms. Rundell, Ms. Krieg, Lauren Stallings
of Spring, Texas, and Ryan Towery of Bossier City.
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