Nov 302012


ECU tap dancers practice for their upcoming performance in “Encore” at the Messick Theater studio on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. (Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflector)


Friday, November 30, 2012

Saturday, Nancy Ormond will be performing for those who make her education possible.

The junior dance major is on scholarship at East Carolina University, and she credits donors like the ones who attend the annual theater and dance fundraising event “Encore! The night of rising stars” with giving her a hand up toward a brighter future.

“If I wouldn’t have gotten that scholarship, it might have made me not be able to attend school and being able to get my dance degree means a lot to me for my future,” she said

The event on Saturday, which includes a silent auction, wine, hors d’oeuvres and an approximately 70-minute revue performance, is hosted by ECU’s Friends of Theatre and Dance. Proceeds generated from ticket sales, the auction and donations will go to the school’s theater and dance scholarship pool.

Parts of the performance have been created specifically for the fundraiser. Others are excerpts of larger ECU theater and dance productions.

Clarine Powell and Tommi Galaska choreographed a tap and jazz performance for the Pirate Club’s 50th anniversary and were asked for an encore.

“We’ve been working on this since the beginning of the semester, so, since August,” Powell said. “We had our performance for the Pirate Club at the end of October and we were so happy, after all this work, that we are able to do it again.”

Ormond, who will be part of the tap dance during the event, is especially grateful to be a part of the event.

“I know how important that scholarship is to me and I know that I’m very thankful for those that give me that money,” said Ormond, who is in her third year performing in the fundraiser. “To be able to perform for them and show them what their money is going toward means a lot to me.”

“I think it’s just a wonderful experience,” said senior Joseph Veale, a theater major and also a scholarship recipient. “We get to show them the type of work that we’re dedicated to producing at ECU and show them why it’s important that we continue this on and why it’s important that students get to keep producing at this level. It’s just a fun event.”

Veale, who played the emcee in ECU’s recent production of “Cabaret,” will be part of a barbershop-style quartet singing a song from “The Music Man” on Saturday. As much as he enjoys performing in the fundraiser, he also relishes the opportunity to interact with those who attend.

“I really enjoy the audience members,” he said. “They’re a different kind of audience than we see on the mainstage shows. It’s more informal.

“We get to talk to them and let them know about our experiences at ECU. I think that’s really important, because if you’re going to give money to an organization, you need to know what’s going to happen to it. What better way can you do that than to talk to the students who are going to receive it?”

An added benefit for student performers is knowing that they’re helping to generate more funds for students just like themselves.

“For me, personally, it means the world, because my scholarship helps me out so much,” Veale said. “I’m able to buy books for my classes. I would love for that opportunity to spread to other students as well. It really helps out a lot. Books are expensive these days; food is expensive. Anything that we get help with helps further our education here.”


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