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UCM Theatre and Dance, Music, Art and Design Collaborate on 'Kaleidoscope' Spring Dance Concert

By Jeff Murphy, April 19, 2022

WARRENSBURG, MO – The University of Central Missouri School of Visual and Performing Arts, including students and faculty of UCM Theatre and Dance, UCM Music and UCM Art and Design, jointly present the annual spring dance concert titled “Kaleidoscope.” Conceived and directed by UCM Theatre and Dance Chair, Professor Ashley Miller-Scully, this collaborative, challenging and creative theatrical endeavor is sure to not disappoint. “Kaleidoscope” performs at the Highlander Theatre on the UCM Campus Thursday-Sunday, April 21- 24 with curtain time beginning at 7:30 p.m. each night  except for Sunday, which is a 2 p.m. matinee. The matinee on April 24 is pay-what-you-can (minimum $1). 

Color can often be one of the most exciting and informative tools an artist can use to express themselves, create mood, convey a message, or portray an emotion that profoundly affects people.  For this season finale, the School of Visual and Performing Arts has created a fresh and innovative dance concert that pushes the boundaries of this multi-dimensional art form. The choreographers, artists and musicians have found inspiration from the color wheel to fill the theatre with sights, sounds, movement and, of course, dance that will invade the senses of all who experience it and leave them in awe.  

“Kaleidoscope” Director Ashley Miller-Scully stated, "The most incredible aspect of creating this show has been the collaboration within the entire School of Visual and Performing Arts.  Artistic collaboration can sometimes be challenging as artists tend to have their own aesthetic and ideas about the direction a project should go, but for  ‘Kaleidoscope’ it has been nothing short of amazing to watch all these different artists bring their specific talent into each dance and create meaningful, beautiful art. This really is much more than a dance concert - it’s an artistic experience - and I can’t wait for our audiences to go on this journey! As this is our final mainstage of the 21/22 Live On Stage season, I hope everyone will come to the Highlander one last time and enjoy this production before the school year ends.” 

Jacqueline M. García served as a guest choreographer for the concert through funding from the Digital Learning and Instructional Innovation Speaker Series Grant. She is a dance artist pursuing a multi-faceted practice in choreography, performance, education, and arts administration and achieved a terminal degree from the University of New Mexico earning an MFA in Dance, Choreography. García is a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico and currently lives in Fort Worth, Texas. 

 “Kaleidoscope” choreographers include: Ashley Miller-Scully, Allison Duncan, Francois Des Marteau, Guest Artist Jacqueline Garcia, Rachel Curry, Janie Turner, Miranda Muenz, Carly Othic, Gaby Moore, Tuck Mori-Kreiner and Assistant Choreographer TiJhana Hines.

Dancers include: Rachel Curry, Janie Turner, Miranda Muenz, Carly Othic, Gaby Moore, Jace Nielsen, Addie Rutherford, Brittany King, Makenzie Lewis, Shanna Sinow, and understudies: TiJhana Hines and Mekdelawit Keller. 

Musicians/vocalists include: Dr. Eric Honour, Dr. Elizabeth Stimpert, Dr. Jacob Sentgeorge, Connor Sloan, Nick Sloan, Katie Marshall, Theresa Peterson, Oni Karimu, Nik Baumert, Holden Childress, Logan Mathes, Michael Wall, Alex Goldwasser and Ian Mitchell.


Artists and projection designers include: Dr. Eric Honour, David Babcock, Zahra H. Marwan, Brittany Brandt, Gracie Heath, Sarannah Paul, Bridget Whalen, Lizzie Elliot and Mary Gladbach.


The production team includes: Director Ashley Miller-Scully, Stage Manager Ryann Hill, Assistant Stage Manager Anna Braman, Technical Director Joe Burkard, Lighting/Sound Designer and Mentor Benjamin Gonzales; Lighting Designers: Thomas Clark, Kayla Gross, Madison Skiljan, Gracie Heath, Seth Sneary, Seth Holt, Hollie Neumann, Allison Winsby, Brittany Brandt, Joe Burkard and Benjamin Gonzales, Costume/Hair/Makeup Design Jennifer Van Buskirk, Costume Dyist/Painter Brittany Brandt, Run Crew Jennifer White, Alex Gamblin, Luke Englert, Hanna Wilson, Wardrobe Crew Kayla Addison, Light Board Operator Gracie Heath, Sound Board Operator Stephanie Heathcock; Projections Operator Katie Marshall, Technical Mixing for Music Dr. Eric Honour and Alex Goldwasser.


Tickets are available weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Martin 113,  or by calling 660-543-8811, or online. For any questions about tickets, please call 660-543-8811 and leave a voicemail or email




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