WIU Dance Instructor, Donald Laney, has been traveling the midwest all summer long to attend WIU students summer performances. Laney started his summer in West Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts teaching a summer program. He began seeing his WIU dance students performing during the summer and decided to pack the car and attend the performance for moral support.
Donald Laney said “We had three groups of students in Ohio, so they were easy to plan to see. When I finished teaching, I had planned to drive to Missouri, North and South Dakota and Iowa to catch six more shows, and now I am planning on heading to the Chicago area and Michigan to see the final three on my way back to North Carolina for a few weeks.”
Here is a list of performances that the WIU Dance Team members participated in this summer.
- Senior musical theatre majors Jessica Patrick, of Evergreen Park, IL; Jamie Rediger, of Henry, IL; and Hannah Bullock, of Indianapolis, IN – Cedar Point Amusement Park – Sandusky, OH
- Senior musical theatre majors Ondreya Seahorn, of Winfield, KS; and Caleb Johnson, of Lewistown, IL – “Tecumsah!” – Chillicothie, OH
- Junior musical theatre major Riley Francis, of Kettering, OH – “Bright Star” – Epiphany Summer Theatre – Dayton, OH
- Senior musical theatre major Kaela Dawn Massey, of Udall, KS; sophomore musical theatre major Hannah Guilinger, of Thomson, IL; senior musical theatre major Joe Collins, of Sherrard, IL; and WIU Voice Instructor Lisa Wipperling – “All Shook Up” – Clinton Showboat – Clinton, IA
- Senior musical theatre major Jack Warring, of Glenpool, IL – “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” – Black Hills Playhouse – Custer, SD
- Senior musical theatre major Clarissa Consoli, of Roselle, IL – Minot Summer Theatre – Minot, ND
- Senior musical theatre major Tori Lynn, of Troy, IL; junior musical theatre major McGwire Holman, of Minooka; senior musical theatre majors Kelly Brown, of Rolla, MO; and Danny Hollander, of Volo, IL – “Sh-Boom! Life Could Be A Dream” – Dakota Prairie Regional Center for the Arts – New Rockford, ND
- Senior musical theatre major Tanner Schartz, of Dodge City, KS – “Clue: On Stage” – Okoboji Summer Theatre – Okoboji, IA
- Senior musical theatre major Brooke Kassal, of Lombard, IL – “The Marvelous Wonderettes” – Overshadowed Theatrical Productions – Medinah, IL
- Senior musical theatre major Megan Graal, of West Chicago, IL – “Jesus Christ Superstar” – Timber Lake Playhouse – Mt. Carroll, IL
- Sophomore musical theatre major Izzy Maxwell, of Rochester, MN – “Godspell” – Cornwell’s Turkeyville Dinner Theatre – Marshall, MI
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