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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"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).
"Embrace the Unknown", Choreographer
Senior BM Commercial Music
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.
"Embrace the Unknown", Lighting Designer
Senior BFA Theatre Administration, Entrepreneurship Minor
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.
"Amour T'es La", Choreographer
Junior BA Theatre, Dance and Entrepreneurship Minors
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.
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).
Sophomore BFA Musical Theatre
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).
"Disappearing Wonder", Choreographer
Dance Instructor, Adjunct Faculty
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
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 Blonde, Peter Pan, and Little Shop of Horrors.
Artist in Residence
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 Success, Lucky Stiff, Sweet Charity, Me and My Girl, No No Nanette, Sugar, Damn 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.
"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.
"Chapter 6", Costume Designer
Sophomore BFA Design & Production
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.
"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!
Associate Professor of Theatre
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.
"Introvert", Lighting Designer
Junior BFA Stage Management, Communications Minor
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.
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.
Assistant Stage Manager
Junior BFA Theatre Administration and Entrepreneurship
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.
"Chicken and Noodles", Lighting Designer
Sophomore BFA Design & Production
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.
"Amour T'es La", Lighting Designer
Junior BFA Design & Production, Lighting Emphasis
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.
"Do You Boo Boo", Co-Lighting Designer
Freshman BFA Design & Production
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.
"Do You Boo Boo" and "We, They, She!", Lighting Designer
Sophomore BFA Musical Theatre, Dance Minor
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.
"Slipping", Lighting Designer
Senior BFA Design & Production
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!
"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.
"Disappearing Wonder", Lighting Designer
Freshman BFA Design & Production
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").
"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 Dance, Legally 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
Nathaniel D. Lee
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