By Anna Rhodes
The Appalachian Musical Theatre Club (AMTC), a student organization affiliated with the Department of Theatre and Dance at Appalachian State University, will present “Miscast” on April 22 at 2 and 5 p.m. in the I. G. Greer Studio Theatre on the university's campus. Doors will open fifteen minutes before the show starts and seating is on a first come, first-seated basis. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
“Miscast” is a variety show featuring actors who sing dream roles from musicals in which they would never be cast due to their unsuitability for a given part. For example, genders may be swapped or unconventional costumes and voices may be employed. The show puts aside stereotypes and allows students the opportunity to do something the world might say they can’t.
Sabrina Furches, a junior dance major from Lexington and the president of AMTC, is excited to open “Miscast.”
“This is always such a fun event for us. We love allowing students to get on stage and sing their favorite tunes, regardless of gender, race, body type or any other common casting restrictions,” she shared. “I can’t wait for the audience to see all to see the hard work that’s gone into this production.”
This year’s “Miscast” is directed and choreographed by Jordan Glyder, a sophomore political science - American politics major from Mount Pleasant, SC, and by junior music industry studies - marketing and promotion major Brianna Morgan from Hanahan, SC under the guidance of Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Dr. Derek Davidson. It features songs from “Hairspray” and “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” The production is hosted by Chelcie Williams, a senior theatre education major from Kannapolis.
“There’s a really saucy rendition of ‘Chicago’s’ “The Cell Block Tango,” Morgan commented about the lineup for the show. “Audience members will be in for a real treat with this year’s ‘Miscast’.”
AMTC was founded in 2012 and prides itself on being an all-inclusive group. “Miscast” is a perfect example of the goals that AMTC strives to achieve. Students involved come from many departments and majors ranging from health management to political science and theatre performance.
“Miscast” will be performed at the I. G. Greer Studio Theatre located at 401 Academy Street on Appalachian’s campus. The front entrance of the theatre faces the side of Sanford Hall also located on 401 Academy Street. Parking is available after 5 p.m. on campus in faculty/staff lots and after 5:30 p.m. in the College Street parking deck near Belk Library and Information Commons.
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.