ELKINS - Musicians and vocalists from the Davis & Elkins College Theatre Department are working toward building professional electronic portfolios. The group recently gathered in Robbins Memorial Chapel to make a recording of selections of music from a recent theater production with Ben Townsend, a world-class professional musician and recording artist.
Townsend of Questionable Records volunteered his time and set up recording equipment to transform the Chapel into a fully outfitted recording studio for an afternoon complete with a board for solo tap dancer and flatfooter Rebekah Brown.
Assistant Professor of Theatre Bridget Esterhuizen said the students will use clips from the recording session to assist with future job prospects and ongoing portfolios.
“It’s very important for us to provide this for the students,” Esterhuizen said. “It’s very helpful – essential, really – for them to have a demo reel or be able to post their work on a website when they go out for jobs. Plus, the experience of working with Ben, who is a professional musician and recording artist, is invaluable. We’re fortunate to be able to make this connection to an incredible local resource.”
Esterhuizen added that a copy of the recording will be retained for the D&E Theatre Department archives.
The Davis & Elkins College Theatre Program offers courses in theatre and theatre production designed to provide students with knowledge of and experience in an art form which has played a key role in cultural history and contemporary society, and prepares them for the demanding job market of theatre and film. The Bachelor of Arts in theatre art provides for concentration in acting or directing, plus a unique opportunity to pursue accreditation in theatre education.
Related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.
Photo Caption: Davis & Elkins College musicians and vocalists collaborate in Robbins Memorial Chapel for a professional recording. From left are, front row, Tyler “T-Claw” Crawford, Blake Boswell, Ben Townsend, Daniel Condo, Bob Fields, Mathew Weintraub, James McLaughlin and Dr. Renaud Stauber; back row, Rebekah Brown, Hope Roy, Jacob Currence, MacKinzie Smith, Shannen McClure, Maddie Lessner and Denise Folley. Also participating, but not pictured are Abby Sowards, Donna Baroudi Huffman and Bridget Rue Esterhuizen.