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Midland students plan ‘The Spotlight Series: Leaving a Story to Tell’

Midland students plan ‘The Spotlight Series: Leaving a Story to Tell’

Mar 29th , 2017

Midland University students will perform “The Spotlight Series: Leaving a Story to Tell” on Friday, March 31, to Sunday, April 2, at the May Brothers Building in downtown Fremont. The student-directed and produced show is the second Spotlight Series production of the 2016-17 season.

The Spotlight Series is the name for the production series that is completely directed and produced by students. Those with interest in directing, producing, stage managing or choreographing the show are selected after applying for the positions.  

The producers for each Spotlight Series production are selected at the beginning of the fall semester. Juniors Michaela Millikan and BaiLeigh Leach were selected to be the producers for the spring semester project.

The producers are given the freedom to choose the theme of the show and begin the planning process months in advance. The Spotlight Series production in the fall of 2016 was named “A Tribute to the Decades.” It highlighted iconic songs from some of history’s most iconic musicians. 

The idea for “Leaving a Story to Tell” is based on looking at the life of a performer from start to finish. Each stage of life is represented by a different song, which is carefully chosen by the producers. Once the theme and material have been chosen, students audition for roles. 

“Students have continued to raise the bar with each of these productions,” said Andrew Malan, marketing graduate assistant for Midland University Performing Arts. “With ‘The Spotlight Series,’ the leadership team has creative freedom and management responsibilities that have direct comparison and application to real career paths in their future. These shows are special because they demonstrate the growth, maturity, and overall ability of our performing arts students.” 

“Leaving a Story to Tell” is appropriate for all ages. 

To purchase tickets, visit or call the Midland University box office at 402-941-6399. Seating is limited to 125 per performance on the second floor of the Olson Student Center. 

Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students. High school students can get two free tickets by contacting the box office. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. One appetizer is included in the ticket price and additional refreshments are available at additional cost. 

Midland’s next performance is “Big Fish,” which will take place at Kimmel Theatre on April 27-30.  

Midland University Performing Arts strives to enhance student experience by providing numerous unique performance opportunities throughout the year. The performing arts experience at Midland University is available to students studying any major. Students have opportunities to learn, grow, and live out their passions. 

Founded in 1883, Midland University is a private liberal arts institution rooted in the Lutheran tradition. The main campus is located in Fremont, Nebraska, just 20 minutes from Omaha. Midland offers more than 30 majors and undergraduate programs, as well as two graduate programs, including the area’s first hybrid MBA program. With an average class size of 18 students, Midland University emphasizes a hands-on, personalized learning experience.