Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus will host several activities on the day of the Great American Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21.
Activities are scheduled from 10 a.m.-1:22 p.m. and will feature music, dance and theatrical performances, poetry readings, hands-on family-friendly art experiential activities, and museum exhibitions.
In addition to arts activities, solar eclipse glasses and comfort stations with free bottled water will be available. In addition, all buildings will be open as the River Campus celebrates the first day of the fall 2017 semester.
The events is free and open to all. Don’t forget to bring a blanket or lawn chair.
The performance line-up is as follows:
11:52 a.m.: Southeast Marching Band Drum Line
Noon: Nick Kenney, assistant professor of horn at Southeast, will perform a French horn solo titled “Interstellar Call” by Messiaen.
12:05 p.m.: Southeast students from The Conservatory of Theatre and Dance’s dance program will present a structured improvisation dance ensemble around the theme of the sun and moon using the large sculptures in the Seminary Quad.
12:10 p.m.: Southeast students Abigail Becker and Adam Schween, sophomore musical theatre majors, will perform “Mooning” from the classic Broadway musical “Grease.”
12:15 p.m.: Southeast student Bridget Dixon will read “Elara,” a lovely poem that tells the fantastical story of the moon’s origins, plucked from the womb of its cosmic mother.
12:20 p.m.: Bart Williams, assistant professor of acting and stage combat at Southeast, and Jenna Moore, assistant professor of musical theatre and vocal performance, will perform Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart.”
12:25 p.m.: Southeast students Christopher Albertson and Ellen Carr, theatre majors, will perform “A Merry Olde Portentous Eclipse,” a humorous scene of choreographed stage fighting poking fun at the medieval superstitions of eclipses.
12:30 p.m.: Southeast students from The Conservatory’s dance program will present an energetic group dance to the classic hit “Walking on Sunshine,” by Katerina & The Waves.
12:35 p.m.: Southeast student Alisa Cooper will perform a solo tap dance titled “Into the Stars.”
12:40 p.m.: Southeast student Karma Alvey will read “Nox,” a poem that explores what happens when the eclipse freezes just as the path of totality passes over Cape Girardeau.
12:45 p.m. Faculty Brass Quintet
12:50 p.m.: Southeast student Nick Kuchem will perform Creedance Clearwater Revival’s “Bad Moon Rising.”
12:55 p.m.: Southeast student Austin Neumeyer will read “Shine the Light on Me,” a funny and satirical poem in which a conspiracy theorist offers his own take on how eclipses happen.
1 p.m.: Southeast student Jenna Tansky will perform a solo tap dance titled “Rhythm of the Moon.”
1:05 p.m.: Finale presented by the Southeast Marching Band