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Bringing to Light Hidden Talents Through the Performing Arts: Chapman Lecture

NAC Scholars were a little confused to see an empty room with nothing but a speaker, a piano, two sofas, and chairs lined up on the walls. The absence of chairs set up for a classroom setting created a different atmosphere from what they are used to! Scholars stayed closed to the walls, mainly for back support, as they saw the unfamiliar faces of Chapman University faculty and students trickle in. Rosa Diaz, NAC Executive Director, exclaimed, “Good Morning and welcome to the last Chapman Visiting Scholars Series for the 2017 Spring Season! Let's give a warm welcome to the Performing Arts Departments from Chapman University!” The day was Saturday, April 22nd, 2017. 


Dr. Louise Thomas and Dr. Theresa Dudeck, both professors in the Performing Arts Departments at Chapman University,  brought with them an army of Chapman students to help facilitate the activities for the morning. Among their ranks stood four improvisers, two dancers, one trumpet player, and two singers, all gifted individuals ready to bring out the hidden talents of our scholars. Dudeck led two improv sessions followed by dance lessons, which were choreographed by the two dancers. Thomas took over the piano for a duet with the trumpet player followed by a performance from the opera singer. Unfortunately, the other vocalist was a bit ill so she wasn’t able to sing, but nevertheless, Chapman University delivered another successful lecture.

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