Students will bring the Great American Songbook to life on the Stephens College stage Oct. 25-27. Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Macklanburg Playhouse, 100 Willis Ave. Columbia, MO 65201.

The Great American Songbook is an artistic and musical representation of the best and most enduring American songs of the early 20th century. The show is conceived and directed by Pamela Ellsworth-Smith, associate professor of voice, with choreography by visiting artist Darren Gibson and musical direction by pianist Tom Andes, instructor of music. Andes leads the popular Tom Andes Trio and has studied with distinguished jazz masters including Joanne Brakeen, James Williams, Kenny Werner and Jerry Bergonzi.

“Join us in celebrating the American classics of Broadway theatre, musical theater and Hollywood musical film, and go out with a song in your heart,” Ellsworth-Smith said. 

Student performers will dress in vintage garments sourced from the Stephens College Costume Museum and Research Library and perform songs by the musical greats we know and love. Each song’s era will be evoked through period costume and hairstyle to capture the full ambience of the times.

The production is sponsored by Columbia Marketing Group, Joe Machens Dealerships and KFRU News Talk 1400 AM.

Tickets are $10. To purchase, contact the Stephens College box office at (573) 876-7199 or, or visit the box office website


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Watch a Radio Friends with Paul Pepper interview (3:24) with Associate Professor of Voice Pam Ellsworth-Smith, the director’s show, and hear a preview of other upcoming fall performances from Dean of the School of Creative and Performing Arts Gail Humphries Mardirosian. 

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