Solstice: A Concert of Dance

Event Date

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 7:30pm to Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 2:00pm

Solstice: A Concert of Dance


Join us as we unveil a collection of original works in a live- action art opening. A bare stage is the blank canvas with which the choreographer works. Dancers are her paints. Her imagination is her brush. The possibilities are endless and the results, breath-taking.


  • Thursday, December 8, 2016 7:30 PM
  • Friday, December 9, 2016 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, December 10, 2016 2:00 PM

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Fabricio Seraphin

Senior Choreographer

"Slipping" and "We, They, She!", Choreographer

Senior BA Theatre, Dance Minor

Delray Beach, Florida

Credits include Nice Work If You Can Get It, Little Shop of Horrors, Solstice: A Concert of Dance, Peter Pan, and Equinox: A Concert of Dance (Millikin Mainstage); Guys and Dolls, A Raisin in the Sun, Metamorphosis Dance Concert (A. W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts); Circus performer/Dancer (South Florida Circus School).


Miranda Colin

"Embrace the Unknown", Choreographer

Senior BM Commercial Music

Aurora, Illinois

Miranda Colin has been dancing since the age of 3, and in high school she expanded her performing experience by being involved in musicals and show choir. Throughout her college career, she has performed in The 60’s Show, Madcap Mardi Gras, Spirit of America Trolley Show, and the Grand Finale show at Six Flags Great America for 2 summers. She also completed an internship at Walt Disney World where she worked as a character performer and performed in Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade. In addition to performing, she has choreographed Fischer Middle School’s musicals for 4 years. Her credits for choreography include The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and Once Upon a Mattress.


Miranda Brown

"Walk", Choreographer

"Embrace the Unknown", Lighting Designer

Senior BFA Theatre Administration, Entrepreneurship Minor

Decatur, Illinois

Miranda has been in Millikin dance concerts her freshman and junior year. She is excited to take the stage again as a dancer, choreographer, and lighting designer. Miranda would like to dedicated her piece, Walk, to Anthony and Larry Sims.


Rachael Leek

"Amour T'es La", Choreographer

Junior BA Theatre, Dance and Entrepreneurship Minors

Metropolis, Illinois

Rachael Leek was most recently seen in the Millikin Children’s show Super Sidekick: The Musical. She also appeared in Anything Goes at McLeod Summer Playhouse and  has worked on the design team for Umbrella Escapades at Millikin University. Rachael’s other credits include, Beauty and The Beast, Grease, and And Then There Was One. Rachael has also been seen at The Four Rivers Carson Center in The Russian Nutcracker Ballet as the Spanish Variation.


Cassidy Burroughs

"Introvert", Choreographer

Sophomore BA Theatre

Greensboro, North Carolina

Cassidy Burroughs recently appeared in Pipe Dream Studio’s production of A Nightmare on Backstreet. At Manhattan Theatre Productions’, Cassidy’s credits include the concert production of Parade. At Open Space Cafe Theatre, Cassidy’s credits include Mimi Marquez in RENT. At Greensboro Day School, Cassidy’s credits include Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family, The Chaperone in Drowsy Chaperone, Aphrodite in Metamorphosis, and Mitzi in Crazy For You. Additional credits include: Les Miserables and 13 The Musical (Community Theatre of Greensboro).


McKena Silva

"Resolve", Choreographer

Sophomore BFA Musical Theatre

Casper, Wyoming

McKena Silva recently appeared in Casper College’s production of Legally Blonde as Serena. McKena was also in Millikin’s productions of The Addams Family and Solstice: A Concert of Dance. Her other credits include Stepsister Joy in Rodger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella and Alice in Alice in Wonderland at Casper’s Stage III. Finally, she has danced in the ensemble with the Idaho Ballet for their Holiday season (2014), and Colorado’s Ballet Ariel for their spring season (2015).


Laura Chiaramonte

"Disappearing Wonder", Choreographer

Dance Instructor, Adjunct Faculty

Millikin University

Laura Chiaramonte (Choreographer, Dancer, Teacher and Videographer) has been performing and producing work professionally for the past fifteen years and has worked with celebrated companies and artists such as Lynn Dally, Pat Graney, Jyl Fehrenkamp, Andrew Harwood, Carleen Healy, Gina Jacobs, Rebecca Nettl-Fiol, Kate Monson, Casey Pennel, DanszLoop Chicago, Thread Meddle Outfit, Total Theater, Deke Weaver, Zephyr Dance, and Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak. Laura has performed, taught workshops in dance and presented work throughout the United States and abroad. Laura collaborated with celebrated baritone Nathan Gunn and his wife, pianist Julie Gunn, on an original music recital at Carnegie Hall. In the summer of 2010, Laura was hired by Warner Bros as head choreographer for the rock band Foxy Shazam’s Unstoppable music video. In 1998, Laura received her B.F.A from The Ohio State University in modern dance performance with an emphasis in choreography, Laban Notation and Directing from Score and 2009 received her M.F.A in Dance at the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign. Laura is the 2009 Pat Knowels Graduate Travel Award recipient, designated for outstanding MFA candidate. In the summer of 2008, she received a fellowship for the Choreographers Project at the Summer Stages Dance intensive in Concord, Massachusetts. She now teaches, dance at Millikin University, The Alexander Technique at the Mettler Center and is the Assistant Media Coordinator for the Department of Dance at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.


Production and Design Team


Angela Fledderman Miller


Assistant Professor of Theatre/Dance

Millikin University

Angela Fleddermann Miller has worked with choreographers including David Parsons, David Dorfman, and Patrick Corbin, in addition to choreographing and performing her own work in New York City. While in New York she was a member of the Amy Marshall Dance Company and Peter Pucci Plus Dancers. She performed with Disney and The MUNY in St. Louis. Choreography credits include Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and The Music Man at the Great Plains Theatre Festival, and L’Histoire du Soldat and A Chorus Line at the University of Illinois. She has performed with David Parker and the Bang Group and with her own company, Trashcake Dance-Theatre. She has studied on scholarship at Steps on Broadway and at the Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, and Paul Taylor Schools. She holds a BFA in Dance from Webster University and an MFA in Dance Choreography and Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Angela is currently Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance at Millikin University. Her most recent Millikin projects include the direction and choreography of Legally BlondePeter Pan, and Little Shop of Horrors.


Sean Morrissey


Artist in Residence

Millikin University

Sean T. Morrissey was the recipient of the Times Newspaper’s Outstanding Choreography award for his work on the Porthouse Theatre production of Dames at Sea and the Connecticut Critics Circle Best Choreographer Award for his work on the Candlewood Playhouse production of West Side Story. As a director/choreographer, Sean’s work includes Sweet Smell of SuccessLucky Stiff, Sweet Charity, Me and My Girl, No No Nanette, SugarDamn Yankees, Guys and Dolls, My Favorite Year, Kiss Me Kate, Drowsy Chaperone, The World Goes Round, and Grand Hotel. Other choreography credits include Carousel, The Merry Widow, Brigadoon, Pippin, Pump Boys and Dinettes, and Cabaret. In addition to musicals, Sean has choreographed 21 concert works for the Millikin stage. As a performer, Sean appeared in the original Broadway cast of the Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens production of A Christmas Carol featuring choreography by Tony Award winner, Susan Stroman, the European tour of 42nd Street, the Vienna company of West Side Story, the Asian tour of South Pacific, and regional productions of Cabaret, Me and My Girl, Big River, Anything Goes, Singin’ In the Rain, Oklahoma!, and Gypsy. Sean is a graduate of Syracuse University and a proud member of Actors Equity Association and SAG/AFTRA. 


Caroline Knese

"Chicken and Noodles", Costume Design

Junior BFA Design & Production

St. Louis, Missouri

Caroline last co-designed the Millikin Children’s Show Umbrella Escapades. Her production credits include acting as Costume Crafts Artisan for the Millikin Mainstage productions of Little Shop of Horrors, Nice Work If You Can Get It, HEADSHOT!, and being a stitcher for those three shows as well as the Mainstage production of Blood Wedding.


Brandon Bramwell

"Chapter 6", Costume Designer

Sophomore BFA Design & Production

Northlake, Illinois

Brandon was most recently Assistant Costume Designer for Nice Work If You Can Get It and Hair and Makeup for HEADSHOT! (Millikin Mainstage). He is also currently Costume Designer for Millikin's Mainstage production of As You Like It


Wyatt Burton

"We, They, She!", Costume Designer

Senior BFA Design & Production

Mt. Zion, Illinois

Wyatt has had the pleasure of working on design assignments for Rough Magic, The Addams Family, The Magic Pinafore, and Nice Work If You Can Get It on the Millikin Mainstage, and A Nightmare on Backstreet and The Last Smoker In America for Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre!  


Matt Albrecht

Lighting Director

Associate Professor of Theatre

Millikin University

Matt Albrecht is a lighting designer from Madison, WI. Matt has had the opportunity to work in theaters across the United States. Some of his design highlights include The Greeks (Madison Repertory Theatre), The Water Engine (University Theatre), Into the Woods (Houston's Center Stage Theatre), The Temperamentals (Celebration Theatre), and Annie (Madison Theatre Guild). Matt has also had the opportunity to work with Peninsula Players in Door County, WI.


Andie Burns

Stage Manager

"Introvert", Lighting Designer

Junior BFA Stage Management, Communications Minor

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Recent credits include - Stage Manager for Nice Work If You Can Get It and Rough Magic (Millikin Mainstage), Assistant Stage Manager for Acis and Galatea, Equinox: A Concert of Dance (2015), and Solstice: A Concert of Dance (2015) (Millikin Mainstage); Stage Manager for The Last Smoker in America, and Assistant Stage Manager for [title of show] and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre; Andie also serves as the Production Manager of Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre. Many thanks to family, friends, and this incredible team for all the support.


Melanie Wilson

Assistant Stage Manager

Freshman BFA Stage Management

Palos Park, Illinois

Melanie is making her Millikin Mainstage management debut as the Assistant Stage Manager of Solstice: A Concert of Dance. She was the Assistant Stage Manager of Cock at Millikin’s Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre. High school credits include the Assistant Stage Manager for the IHSTF All State production of RENT and high school productions including Romeo and Juliet, Dracula, Our Town, Les Miserables, and Seussical the Musical.


Victoria Rossi

Assistant Stage Manager

Junior BFA Theatre Administration and Entrepreneurship

Decatur, Illinois

Victoria was the assistant stage manager for Legally Blonde Jr. and Dinosaurs Before Dark for the Decatur Park District. It is her third year teaching at the Decatur Park District and her first year teaching at the STAR dance studio in Sullivan. Victoria has worked as Marketing Director and Development Director for Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre. This is her first management position for a Millikin Mainstage production.


Caitlyn Garrity

"Chicken and Noodles", Lighting Designer

Sophomore BFA Design & Production

Kaiserslautern, Germany

Caitlyn was most recently the assistant lighting designer for Nice Work If You Can Get It. She was also the assistant master electrician for HEADSHOT!, and the lighting designer for What I Didn’t Learn in College at Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre. She is the assistant scenic designer for Heathers: The Musical, coming this spring. 


Sydney Hunt

"Amour T'es La", Lighting Designer

Junior BFA Design & Production, Lighting Emphasis

Rockford, Illinois

Sydney started her lighting career by designing a piece in the 2014 Equinox Dance Concert then continued to pursue her love of lighting by designing another piece for the 2015 Solstice Dance Concert.  Her next design project is serving as Lighting Designer for the upcoming show As You Like It.


Alaina Pizzoferrato

"Do You Boo Boo", Co-Lighting Designer

Freshman BFA Design & Production

Lemont, Illinois

This year, Alaina had the opportunity to work on HEADSHOT! and Nice Work If You Can Get It for the Millikin Mainstage, and the Millikin Children’s Show Super Sidekick the Musical. Other shows she has worked on in the past four years include Fiddler on the Roof, Aladdin, Mary Poppins, The Wizard of Oz, Guys and Dolls, Peter Pan, Annie, Seussical the Musical, The Comedy of Errors, and Arsenic and Old Lace.


Emilio Canals

"Do You Boo Boo" and "We, They, She!", Lighting Designer

Sophomore BFA Musical Theatre, Dance Minor

Centreville, Virginia

Emilio Canals has most recently been a swing in Millikin's Mainstage productions of Nice Work If You Can Get It and The Addams Family. Previous credits include Lumiere (Beauty and the Beast), Jimmy (Thoroughly Modern Millie), CATS, Cabaret, A Christmas Carol, and Alice in Wonderland. He would like to thank Andrea Heininge, Michael Replogle, and Brian Collier for all of their lessons and support.


Therese O'Shaughnessy

"Slipping", Lighting Designer

Senior BFA Design & Production

Oswego, Illinois

Therese became infatuated with lighting design after her first attempt at the art form in Solstice: A Concert of Dance (2013). At Millikin she has recently performed duties as the Master Electrician in The Addams Family and The Magic Pinafore, as well as designing the Millikin Mainstage productions of Blood Wedding and HEADSHOT!


Rachel Holderman

"Walk", Lighting Designer

Sophomore BA Theatre and Communications

Carol Stream, Illinois

Rachel has various acting credits in community theatre back home including devised works at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, but her main focus is directing. Rachel assistant directed and helped write the Millikin Children’s Show Umbrella Escapades. She also assistant directed Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allen Poe at Pipe Dreams this semester. This is her first lighting design opportunity.


Erin Cowger

"Disappearing Wonder", Lighting Designer

Freshman BFA Design & Production

Fresno, California

This is Erin's first collegiate design experience. Her past credits include Lighting Design for Beauty and the Beast, Moon Over Buffalo, Clovis High School Dance Concert, and Piece by Piece Dance Concert (Designer for the piece "Married Life").


Jenna Mondry

"Resolve", Lighting Designer

Senior BFA Stage Management, History Minor

Tinley Park, Illinois

Jenna will be stage managing the Millikin Mainstage production of HEATHERS: The Musical this Spring. Other Millikin Mainstage credits include Assistant Stage Manager for Solstice: A Concert of DanceLegally Blonde, and The Whipping Man, and Stage Manager for Measure for Measure and Blood Wedding. Additional stage management credits include The Last 5 Years (Last Chance Theatre); Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe (Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre); FOUND (James Millikin Scholars); and In the Heights (Governor’s State University).

Millikin University Dance Ensemble

Patricia Bales

Cassidy Burroughs

Catherine Cable-Barber

Rachel Humphrey

Nathaniel D. Lee

Rachael Leek

Fabricio Seraphin

McKena Silva


Pieces and Performers:

"Chicken and Noodles": Millikin Dance Ensemble

"Embrace the Unknown": Miranda Colin and Andres Rivera

"Amour T'es La": Rachel Humphrey and Rachael Leek, featuring Tyler Haub

"Introvert": Cassidy Burroughs, McKayla Larsen, Maggie McMurran, McKena Silva

"Do You Boo Boo": Physical Graffiti

"Chapter 6": Millikin Dance Ensemble

"Walk": Eric McCarter and Andres Rivera

"Disappearing Wonder": Rachael Leek and Rachel Humphrey (Understudies: Rachel Squires and Mary Heyl)

"Resolve": Patricia Bales, Cassidy Burroughs, Kelly Cunningham, McKena Silva

"Slipping": Fabricio Seraphin

"We, They, She!": Millikin Dance Ensemble