October 5, 2017 at 2:15pm

LaVon Fisher-Wilson '95 to perform Homecoming Cabaret

LaVon Fisher-Wilson‚ÄčMillikin University alumna LaVon Fisher-Wilson '95 returns to Millikin's campus for a special Homecoming Cabaret titled "Blue to Broadway" on Saturday, Oct. 7, starting at 9 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts Center. Proceeds from the performance will benefit Millikin University's new Center for Theatre and Dance.

During this special Saturday evening event, LaVon Fisher-Wilson will take audience members down a musical memory lane of laughter, first loves and life lessons, as she tells the story of her extraordinary time at Millikin.

Although she hasn't been back to Millikin University since she graduated in 1995, Fisher-Wilson still thinks about her alma mater.

"I dream of Millikin," she said in a recent interview with the Herald & Review. "I have to wake up and remind myself I've graduated."

With a big, brassy, belty voice and perfect comic timing, LaVon Fisher-Wilson's show-stopping performances have brought Broadway audiences to their feet. LaVon has a voice with such power that it vibrates through your soul. Her high belt can rock and shake up any eleven o'clock number, while her soulful low notes send audiences straight to glory.

She has performed on various Broadway and off-Broadway stages since leaving Decatur, Ill. Her Broadway debut was as Sophia in "The Color Purple." She has also had multiple performances in "Newsies" and "Chicago." She has performed in many theatre roles throughout the world, including China.

In describing her show at Millikin, Fisher-Wilson said, "It's all feel-good music. A couple of alumni will sing with me. There's audience participation and singers from the current School of Music. It's a group effort."

Fisher-Wilson credits Millikin University for her career. While at Millikin, students learn through vocal coaches, auditions, classes in their field and general education classes.

"You learn to network. You get a side job," Fisher-Wilson said. "You are auditioning like you are in New York. I was ahead of the game."

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