School of the Arts

Introducing Director and Choreographer Megan Glynn Zollinger

A Grand Night for Singing

The April musical revue “A Grand Night for Singing” marks the debut of Megan Glynn Zollinger as the director and choreographer for the Musical Theatre Ensemble at CSU, Chico. 

Zollinger became a CSU, Chico Department of Music and Theatre faculty member this past August.

“I was thoroughly impressed by the theatre program, students, faculty, and institution as a whole. It felt like home right away, and I saw clearly how I would fit into the department,” Zollinger said. 

Zollinger has a MFA in dance from UC Irvine and a BA in dance from Chapman University. Some of her other accomplishments include writing, directing, and choreographing full-length production “Addicted;” choreographing world premiere play “Eve’s Rapture,” written by Bryan Reynolds and directed by Robert Cohen; having her original dance work, “A Tearful View,” chosen to represent UC Irvine at the California College Dance Invitational in 2009; and much more. But with all these successes under her belt, her students come first in her sense of accomplishment.

“I believe my most notable work lies in the success of my students, both past and present, who are performing and working all over the world,” Zollinger said.

Musical Theatre Ensemble Members
(L-R) Jacque Gil-Devor, Cora Cahill, Nicole Stanley, Matthew Pankin, Oliver Loll, Brandon Burchard, Talia Rempel, Sofia Gutierrez, Zoe Stamos

And with this mentality, Zollinger has immersed herself in the department. Besides directing and choreographing for the Musical Theatre Ensemble, Zollinger teaches all of the dance technique classes and choreographs the musicals and any other productions that need a choreographer for the department. The first production she choreographed for CSU, Chico was “American Idiot,” the fall 2017 musical theatre production. In the coming fall, she will additionally be teaching a seminar in choreography and directing a dance concert.  

“I am proud to be a part of this faculty,” Zollinger said. “There is a great vision for the department, and a wonderful sense of commitment to excellence.”

“A Grand Night for Singing” showcases the work of Rodgers and Hammerstein, with standards from musicals such as “Oklahoma,” “Carousel” and “South Pacific,” as well as innovative musical arrangements that provide a fresh take on their classics.

“I’m excited that we’re performing these timeless classics. It’s so important for the students to work within this style of music, while learning and appreciating its rich history,” Zollinger said.

“A Grand Night for Singing” will be staged Friday, April 6 at 7:30pm and Saturday, April 7 at 2pm in Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall. The revue is free and open to the public.

 

For those who need special seating accommodations, please call the box office for arrangements, 530-898-6333. More information can be found in our Facebook page.

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Story by Shelby Casey, Publicity Assistant, School of the Arts