Two fine arts performances approaching

Several fine arts performances will be taking place before the end of the semester.

On Thursday, several choirs will be performing their Spring Choral Concert to the theme of “Hope, Joy, and Light,” featuring the Swanee Singers, Chamber Singers, and University Singers from Eastern New Mexico University.

Director Jason Paulk said the theme will promote suicide awareness and prevention, as he feels suicide has been a “community issue” in Portales and Clovis lately. He hopes to use the music as a way to encourage people to ask for help if they face these issues.

“I hope people leave the concert very uplifted … knowing there are people around who will support them. There’s help and hope … only as far as looking across the room,” said Paulk.

He said after intermission, the University Singers will be performing an Argentinian mass translated into English entitled “Misa Criolla,” which will feature a guitarist, bassist, and several percussionists. He described the Criolla as a folk-style mass in South American Tradition.

The Swanee Singers will feature nine female voices, the Chamber Singers will feature 25 voices, and the University Singers feature 85 voices, all who have been rehearsing since January.

Paulk said they will be performing the program again on April 25 at Clovis High School.

In addition to the Spring Choral Concert, the first showing of the play “Wit” will be May 2 at 7 p.m. This performance is free to all ENMU students with a valid I.D. or $7 to the public. The play follows the story of a professor who is reflecting on and reassessing her life after she has been diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer — “The final journey of her life,” as director Anne Beck described it.

The cast features eight ENMU students who have been working on the hour-long play since April 1.

Beck said one of the biggest challenges during production was being able to “identify what a hospital looks like and how it operates,” in terms of its fine details, such as medical procedures and protocol.

Beck said graduating senior Kay Ewing will play the role of the main protagonist, Vivian Bearing. She said the role would normally be played by a 50-year-old, but using a young student brings an interesting alteration to the performance.

“She’s a powerful actress … [this performance is] a real showcase of her talents,” Beck said of Ewing.

Witwill be performed at 7 p.m. May 2–4 and at 2 p.m. May 5.

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