WPSU to showcase Musical Theatre alumni Nov. 8

November 06, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The 2012 senior class of Penn State’s Musical Theatre program will perform musical numbers fit for Broadway in the broadcast premiere of WPSU’s "Music Theatre Spotlight."

The show, which airs at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, will feature 13 Penn State students who graduated in May from the program. Two of the students, Paul-Jordan Jansen and Alison Morooney, are former State College Area High School students. Both have gone on to land performance jobs after graduation.

Jansen’s solo in the television show, “The Impossible Dream,” was also the one he chose for his audition to Penn State.

Jansen, who now lives in New York, was recently a cast member of "The Centurion: The Musical" at the Living Waters Theatre in Ronks near Lancaster, Pa. He is currently performing in the Rodgers & Hammerstein tribute, "A Grand Night for Singing," with the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera.

Morooney is performing with the international tour of Green Day’s "American Idiot," with shows in Ireland and the U.K. before returning for the U.S. tour in January.

The WPSU production, now in its sixth season, provides the students a unique opportunity to perform in a professional television studio before a live audience. The opportunity is only given to seniors who complete the Musical Theatre program as part of the bachelor of fine arts degree. The intense program teaches students to equally develop singing, dancing and acting skills to be competitive in the performing arts field. Individual performances from the WPSU show are posted to YouTube to share with casting agents.

Many students who participated in WPSU’s "Music Theatre Spotlight" show have gone on to appear on Broadway and internationally.

To watch a preview of the show, visit http://wpsu.org.

Penn State Public Broadcasting serves central Pennsylvania with programming, educational services and community outreach. Penn State Public Broadcasting is part of Penn State Outreach, which serves more than 5 million people annually, in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, all 50 states and more than 100 countries worldwide.

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Last Updated November 06, 2012