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GU Sponsors ‘First Night Rising Stars’ Showcasing Talented Students

Posted on October 3, 2011 in: Academics, Alumni, Arts, Events, Faculty & Staff, Service, Students


Gonzaga University's a cappella group The Big Bing Theory will perform. Photo courtesy of The Big Bing Theory.

The Big Bing Theory A Cappella Group and Theatre
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SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University’s signature a cappella group The Big Bing Theory will inaugurate the University’s sponsorship of “First Night Rising Stars,” Friday, Oct. 7 with performances in the River Park Square Atrium from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

The award-winning vocal group named for Gonzaga’s most famous alumnus Bing Crosby will perform along with actors from Gonzaga’s theatre arts department, who will demonstrate swashbuckling skills developed for the upcoming performance of “The Three Musketeers,” on stage at Gonzaga’s Magnuson Theatre later this month.

“First Night Rising Stars,” is an initiative of the First Night Spokane, the New Year’s Eve festival of arts and entertainment in downtown Spokane.  Rising Stars showcases aspiring performing arts groups during First Friday activities in Spokane’s urban core. The purpose is to provide a community platform for talented youth in the performing and visual arts.

“Gonzaga’s sponsorship brings talented students before audiences that might not otherwise experience them,” said Mary Joan Hahn, Gonzaga spokeswoman. “The University’s long-standing contributions to the cultural fabric of Spokane are rich and deep – this is a new venue to see the abilities of some of our most gifted students.”

Gonzaga’s sponsorship also supports students from Spokane Public Schools who will take the performance stage at River Park Square from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

On Friday, Ferris High School will present music and scenes from Lionel Bart’s “Oliver!”  The cast of 90 features students from Ferris as well as Chase Middle School, Sacajawea Middle School, Adams Elementary, Mullan Road Elementary, Hamblen Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, Southside Christian Elementary, All Saints Catholic School and Cataldo Catholic School. The Ferris Theatre Arts “Thesperados” comedy-improvisational team also will perform at the River Park Square event.

“We are excited about this new opportunity to partner with the community and to showcase the artistic talents of our students,” said SPS Fine Arts Coordinator Dave Weatherred.

Over the coming months, audiences can expect to see dance, music, and theatre arts in a variety of venues in the urban core during First Fridays, which are organized by Chris Martin, executive director of “First Night Spokane,” and sponsored by Gonzaga University.


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