This past weekend, the talented students of Stevenson University came together to put on 2020: A Vision of Musical Theatre. This wonderful show traced the history of musical theatre through the 20th century by alternating between historical narration and musical vignettes from all your favorite shows. Cast members took turns introducing musical numbers, with historical context and background information on the piece’s writer, and then performing. Every cast member had a chance for their moment in the spotlight with solos and featured dance numbers.
Costumes ranged from period to modern and often intermingled, giving the audience a sense of the timelessness of the music. The set was deceptively simple with two levels for cast movement, a large wooden barn door at the center of the stage, and various movable stools and boxes for the cast to sit and stand on. In all, the visual choices made for this show allowed for the audience to become completely immersed in each scene.
The show was a complete pleasure to see and hear. Performing songs from musicals like Oklahoma, Phantom of the Opera, and Chicago, there really was something for everyone. Be sure not to miss Theatre and Media Performance’s next show Wonder/GlassApril 1st-5th. It’s going to be great.