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Weekend events showcase students’ talents, enthusiasm

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Hannah Collins onstage in Lesesne Auditorium

Erskine students examined serious issues in performances of a student-directed musical Friday night and Saturday afternoon, then gathered to raise funds for children’s hospitals in a family-friendly DanceMarathon celebration Saturday evening.

Directed by senior Hannah Collins and junior Nathan Holben and presented by the Music Department, Next to Normal (music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey) featured seniors Laura Walenceus and T J Fisher, juniors Christian Beamguard, Will Unthank, and Kurt Widenhouse, and freshman Cali Colbert. Musicians were senior Robert Shaver, electric and acoustic guitar; Professor Robert Glick, synthesizer; freshman David Bates, bass guitar; and Nathan Holben, piano. A “Talk-Back Session” with cast and directors was offered to audiences at the conclusion of each show. Next to Normal was presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

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Wearing blue shirts emblazoned with FTK—’For the kids’—Erskine students circle up and dance.


DanceMarathon is a national organization with some 150 participating colleges, raising money to support children’s hospitals through the Children’s Miracle Network. Erskine’s partner in the effort is the Greenville Children’s Hospital. Last year, Erskine raised a little more than $3,500, and the goal was set at $7,500 this year, according to Meg Randall of Erskine College DanceMarathon. Moffatt Dining Hall was the site of this year’s event, which included testimonies from families, games, food from Chick-Fil-A, and of course, dancing.

See photos of  Next to Normal: Play photos 

See photos of Erskine DanceMarathon: For the Kids 14 

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