Fine, Performing Arts spotlight students

Fine, Performing Arts spotlight students

Posted on Friday, April 02, 2021

Brenda Jean Hamilton and Tim Fitz-Gerald

April is shaping up to be a month filled with music and art as concerts, recitals and exhibitions fill the calendar. 

Premiering today is “Friday Fling” featuring Musical Theatre Assistant Professor Tim Fitz-Gerald and his wife, Brenda Jean Hamilton. The event will be available on the college’s YouTube channel, beginning at 8 p.m. 

The couple, who will be performing Broadway songs from across the erashave impressive stage credentials 

Ive performed on Broadway, off Broadway and in several national tours,” Fitz-Gerald saidI appeared opposite Hugh Jackman in The Boy From Oz,’ as well as in Wicked, Titanic the Musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Rocky Horror Show, Reefer Madness and The Wind in the Willows.’”  

Hamilton, who teaches dance at the college, started her career as a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall.  She also has been on Broadway and in several national tours, including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Some Like it Hot, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Chorus Line and Wicked. 

Brenda and I actually met doing ‘Joseph,’” he said. “Wwere fortunate enough to perform in the first national tour of Wicked together from 2011 through 2015. During that time, we had our daughter Maira. 

Fitz-Gerald said he is pleased with “Friday Fling” and hopes viewers will enjoy it as much as he and Hamilton did while making it. 

“It was so much fun working on stage together again,” he said.  

Broadway, country and pop will be spotlighted April 9 and 10 as Musical Theatre, Theatre and Music students takeSing.jpg the stage for “Sing!” 

The collaborative showcase will be at 7 p.m. in Callaway Auditorium, with all COVID protocols such as social distancing and masks required. 

The show was conceived and created by Kim Barber Knoll, Theatre Arts Professor; Dr Andrea Jarmon, Voice Instructor; and Ken PassmoreAssistant Professor of Music. 

“We were thrilled with the enthusiastic response to our fall and spring live theatrical productions, and we wanted to keep the momentum going,” said Barber Knoll.

“I think we have put together something fun and different that will feel fresh, a little poignant and certainly appropriate to the time," said Dr. Jarmon. "You will laugh, you may cry, but you will not walk away disappointed, that is for sure.”  

Passmore added, While the Callaway stage has sat empty for over a year, we have come up with a creative way to bring that stage back to life that is safe for the audience as well as the performers.  There is a wide variety of musical styles that will appeal to all ages." 

The musical Vocalists, musicians and composers will be the stars at “Concert in the Park-ing Lot” at 1 p.m. on April 17 in Music’s parking lot at West Side.  

Dr. Toni Anderson, Chair of Music, said the warmer spring weather would be perfect for an outdoor concert. 

“A lot of what we’ve done this year has been virtual, so we thought this would be a great opportunity for our students to perform before a live audience.” 

The concert will be held on the city’s Showmobile set up in the parking lot. Dr. Anderson said it will run almost like a music festival. concert-in-the-park-ing-lot.jpg

“There will be back-to-back acts featuring a great variety of student talent in the Music program,” she said. “While changing the stage set-up between acts, we will play pre-recorded works by our student composers.” 

Performers will include the LC Percussion Ensemble, Ken Passmore, director; LC Singers, Dr. Samuel Miller, director; woodwind and brass players, directed by Dr. Alina Windell and Dr. Mark Dulin; string quartet, Celeste Myall, director; and vocalists singing everything from opera to musical theater selections. 

 Dr. Anderson said spaced out parking slots will be available first come, first served for parents, family members, suite mates and any group of people who feel comfortable sitting together. 

“Audience members can also choose to sit in the grassy field behind the lot,” she said. “Everyone should take their own lawn chair and bottled water, and parking will be provided at Lamar Dodd Art Center and Price Theater.  

The LaGrange Symphony Youth Orchestra under the direction of Adjunct Professor Celeste Myall will perform on the Showmobile at 4 p.m. April 18. 

Senior recitals will kick off this week with soprano Joely Peterman at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in Callaway Auditorium. Tyra Crowe will present her organ recital at 3 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church on the Square. 

The following week will include a junior composition recital featuring Isaiah McCrina and Garrett Lehman at 4:30 p.m. April 13 in Callaway Auditorium, while performances by composers Tyra Crowe and Mikayla Drake will be at 4:30 p.m. April 20 and instrumentalist students at 4:30 p.m. April 27, both at Callaway Auditorium.  

Although Lamar Dodd Art Center remains closed to the public, the annual senior exhibition will feature the works of Kat Juskus, Autumn Patrick, Tuesday Gardner, Christine Alexis Williams, Alexis Westrick, Ashleigh Hall and Aly Lord. 

“Family and friends of the seniors will be able to make appointments to view the exhibition,” said Marcia Brown, Chair of Fine and Performing Arts. “They can call us at 706-880-8211 to arrange a visit.” 

Campus notes  

porter-law-chapel-bell.jpgThe ringing of the Chapel Bell is a new tradition offered only to graduating seniors to celebrate a first full-time, post-graduation job offer or admission to grad school. Congratulations to these students on their accomplishments Sydney Bourque (Nursing), offered a full-time job as a staff nurse at Children's of Alabama in Birmingham, Alabama; Katelyn Cannon (Nursing), offered a full-time job as a labor and delivery registered nurse at Piedmont Newnan Hospital in Newnan, Georgia; Porter Law (Political Science) accepted into the Public Administration graduate program at the University of North Florida Jacksonville, Florida; and Destiny Johnson (Nursing), offered a full-time job as a registered nurse at WellStar West Georgia Medical Center in LaGrange. Feel free to post videos to all our social media outlets and share with family and friends. Use the hashtag #LCSoundofSuccess. 

Georgia Association of Colleges and Employers will hold a virtual statewide career fair from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Wednesday. LC’s Center for Leadership and Career Development is partnering with more than 40 colleges and universities across Georgia this year to host the event Registration is required. 

Cultural Enrichment events    

Check LC Connect for Virtual CE events and instructions. For in-person events, all COVID guidelines apply.     

Through Sunday 

Mental Health 

Learn about local community mental health resources as well as tips to combat stress and anxiety during this pandemic. 

The Annual Fund and Its Impact on You 

Lincoln Anderson ’21, this year’s senior giveback intern, will discuss the impact of the annual fund on LC students. He will explain the ins and outs of the fund, how it works, where it comes from, where it goes and how to be a part of something big, impactful and legacy worthy. *SUSTAINABILITY CREDIT 

Young Alumni Virtual Interview Series – Sarah Bearden Wagner, Marketing 

Wagner is associate manager of Marketing for Chico’s FAS in Fort Myers, Florida. 

Local Professional Interview Series – Roberta Robinson, Law 

Robinson is an attorney in LaGrange and is an Adjunct Professor at the college. 

Virtual presentation – UGA College of Veterinary Medicine 

Representatives will discuss the program and offer insights to students interested in the field. 

Thursday – Mental Performance Coach 

Working with athletes and performers from pre-game to podium. Lindsay Arnold, a local mental performance coach, shares her professional insight into the field of sport psychology.  

April 5-11 

LC Young Alumni Virtual Interview Series – Kelton Hunt ’19, Music 

Hunt is working as an audiovisual and film production teacher at Troup High School. 



Women's Basketball

The Women's Basketball team had a stellar season under first-time Jasen Jonus. Read about it here


Men’s Soccer 

The Panthers (2-4) finished their season with a 3-2 win over Piedmont last Friday at Panther Field. It was the second straight win against Piedmont for the LaGrange College men’s soccer program. 



The Panthers (5-3, 4-1 USA South) dropped their first conference match, losing 3-0 to Maryville last Sunday in Mariotti Gym. LC also lost 3-0 to the Scots in the non-conference match. Freshman Journey Oden had a total of 14 kills in the two matches. 



The Panthers (8-6) lost two of three games to Piedmont last weekend at Cleaveland Field. LC won 5-4 on Friday, then lost 14-10 and 6-4 on Saturday. Freshman pitcher Dalton Brooks struck out a career-high 12 batters in the 6-4 loss. 


Today (Friday) 

Volleyball vs. Covenant, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., Mariotti Gym 
Baseball vs. Covenant, 6 p.m., Cleaveland Field in Williamson Stadium 
Men’s Lacrosse at Piedmont, 7 p.m. 


Baseball vs. Covenant, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Cleaveland Field in Williamson Stadium 


Women’s Soccer vs. Wesleyan, 6 p.m., Panther Field 

Men’s Lacrosse vs. Brevard, 4 p.m., Callaway Stadium 


Volleyball at Huntingdon, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. 

Video of the week 

In honor of Easter 2021 -- "God of Grace and God of Glory" presented by Simmerly Hernandez '20, Carter White '21, Olivia White '21 and Kelton Hunt '20. Produced by Jason Hernandez. 

In the headlines 

LaGrange College falls to Piedmont – LaGrange Daily News, March 29, 2021 

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Panthers end spring season with home win – LaGrange Daily News, March 31, 2021 

Leadership Council President – LaGrange Daily News, March 27-28, 2021 

Category: Events, Arts and Culture, Students, College, Faculty, Academics

Keywords: Musical Theatre, Music, art exhibition, senior, recital

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Last updated: 04/02/2021