Musical theatre hosts fundraiser Jan. 24

Faculty and students from the musical theatre program at Western Carolina University will present the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, at the Fine and Performing Arts Center on the WCU campus.

The “Rodgers & Hammerstein Gala” will include music from “The King and I,” “South Pacific,” “The Sound of Music” and “Oklahoma!”

“They’re the favorite tunes everyone’s sung forever,” said Bradley Martin, director of WCU’s musical theatre program.

Terrence Mann, the Broadway performer and WCU Phillips Distinguished Professor of Musical Theatre, will sing and serve as master of ceremonies.

“Hearing Terrence sing is a rare opportunity in North Carolina because typically you don’t hear him sing unless he’s on Broadway,” Martin said.  Mann will appear on Broadway this spring in the musical adaptation of “The Addams Family.”

The gala is a scholarship fundraiser for musical theatre scholarships.

“If we want to attract top-tier students from across the nation, we need to offer them scholarships that can pay for out-of-state tuition,” Martin said.

Ticket prices are $15 for general admission, $10 for senior citizens and the faculty and staff of WCU, and $5 for students.

For more information, call the FAPAC box office at 828-227-2479. To order tickets online, go to www.wcu.edu/fapac.