Arts Bash 2015 cast a spell on guests dressed in cocktail attire for a night of song, dance, visual art and tastes of the community.
Alan Patrick Kenny, an assistant professor of musical theatre, worked with Mark Hanson, the musical theatre program coordinator, to organize the showcased musical performances.
“We picked songs that have been previously performed during past semesters and in classes, as well as songs that we have been working on with our students in voice lessons,” Kenny said.
Kenny was especially proud to see his former student, Allegra Berglund, emcee this year’s bash. Berglund performed “Let it Go” to start the night.
“We thought we would have a laugh having her sing ‘Let it Go,’ because of course no one has heard of that,” Kenny said. “It was a silly way to start off the event, and she sung the crap out of it, so we are very happy to have her back.”
On the second floor of the Noel Fine Arts Center, guests enjoyed food and drink from a variety of local establishments, which included Nancy Lemke’s Custom Cakes, Point Brewery, Indulgence Wine Bar, Sugar Doll and more. Guests could have their portraits drawn by students, participate in “Blood, Guts and Gore” and walk through the Edna Carlsten Art Gallery.
Caren Heft, the director of the gallery, expressed her joy about how the Stevens Point community has supported its members as well as University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point students by purchasing their work.
“There’s mobs of people here tonight to support artists for scholarship funds,” Heft said. “That’s pretty amazing the community supports our students to this extent.”
Heft said this is the best positive feedback the community can offer artists.
“It’s fantastic and we’re really lucky,” Heft said.
Emily Strzyzewski, an Arts Bash intern, helped organize artwork shown.
“Arts management majors need to go out and find internships, so it’s a degree requirement,” Strzyzewski said. “Students can go to Arts Bash for a great opportunity as event planning in the arts field. Arts Bash and arts management majors go together really well, so I’m really glad I got this internship.”
This was Strzyzewski’s first time at Arts Bash. She was happy to be there as an intern assisting Bobbie Erwin, the College of Fine Arts and Communication marketing specialist, to make this year’s bash successful.
“I’m a senior and all the years I’ve wanted to, but I couldn’t swing the ticket price, so I thought I would help out with the event” Strzyzewski said. “I didn’t know I’d be able to go, but now I’m here and it’s really cool. This is a fancy, crazy, awesome event.”
Kenny added that Arts Bash not only supports scholarship funds, but also musical theatre and acting majors’ senior showcases.
“Arts Bash is really important in funding their trip to New York City, so they can get themselves in front of casting directors and agents,” Kenny said. “It’s crucial for their profession, therefore it’s vital that Arts Bash continues to fund that, and we are so grateful everyone came to support us.”
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