Sydney Benton ’17 was excited to be among three members of “A Class Act” vocal group performing at the annual Texas alumnae fundraising event in Dallas last month.
“I am super honored to be representing A Class Act and the School of Performing Arts,” Benton said prior to the trip. “And I’m really pumped because I know they’re going to love us and that they will be really encouraging.”
She was right.
The group, including Allie Mgrublian ’17 and Morgan Walker ’17, performed three numbers as a trio and each performed a solo. And the performances were a hit.
“The girls and their songs were extremely popular,” said Susan Schmidt ’67, president of the Stephens Alumnae Club of Dallas. “Everyone was impressed with the quality of the performance and realized just how talented the students are. Also, it brought back all sorts of wonderful memories of our days at Stephens."
The annual fundraiser is open to all alumnae living in Texas. It was the second year the event has showcased Stephens talent.
Several months ago, after hearing about the College’s many amazing student performers, Schmidt asked Dean Gail Humphries Mardirosian about having students perform in Texas. Mardiosian and Associate Professor Pam Ellsworth-Smith suggested representatives from A Class Act. A Class Act is a vocal group that showcases the talents of musical theatre students. Mgrublian, Benton and Walker were selected to represent the group through an audition process.
“Our students were a beautiful reflection of Stephens women—professional in every way,” Ellsworth-Smith said. “They experienced first hand the ‘Stephens network’ through their interactions with alumnae.”
This year's fundraising event attracted about 90 attendees, some of whom joined the alumnae association afterward. Six alumnae from the 1945 class could not attend the event but sent in association dues with their regrets.
"It just shows how much these women still want, need and love having a connection to their school," Schmidt said.
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