October 13, 2010
Broadway actress provides students with valuable insight
As part of Cowley College’s Applied Music Seminar, Broadway actress,
Heather Hawkins, was the featured guest Tuesday in the Robert Brown Theatre.
Hawkins, who is the cousin of Cowley College’s lead applied voice instructor, Lindsay Ramirez, has performed in the musical “Avenue Q”, which ranks as the 21st longest running show in Broadway history, and will begin rehearsing for the new musical “Writing Arthur” in November.
Other famed cast members in “Writing Arthur” along with Hawkins include, “Saturday Night Live” veteran Ana Gasteyer, and Kelli O’Hara, who was a Tony Award nominee for “The Light in the Piazza” and “The Pajama Game”.
With Cowley College music majors and theatre students on hand, Hawkins wowed the audience with her performance of a song from the musical “Hello Again”.
Hawkins then listened to four students perform songs and provided feedback on their performances. Connie Donatelli, Cowley College director of vocal music, enjoyed how approachable and fun Hawkins was in working with the students.
“This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to listen to and work with somebody that is out there doing this for a living,” Donatelli said.
Student performances included: Jessica Coldwell performed “Sensitivity” from “Once Upon a Mattress”; Shaelynn French sang 36 bars from the song “Legally Blonde”; Bryce Sund performed “Maria” from “Westside Story”; and Andrea Workman sang “Till There Was You” from “Music Man”.
Other Cowley College instructors in attendance were, Dr., Gloria Tham, piano instructor; Jennifer Blatchford, dance instructor; Josh Fleig, instrumental music instructor; Scott MacLaughlin, director of theatre and theatrical services; and Jamison Rhoads, technical director of theatre.