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Lyric Theatre performance raises funds for ESL

by: University Relations

Put a Little English on ItCharleston Southern University’s Lyric Theatre presents “Put a Little English on It” Thursday in the Lightsey Chapel Auditorium. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.

The show is the second Lyric Theatre performance of the semester for Charleston Southern faculty and students and will feature programs of British opera and operetta scenes, as well as American Opera scenes, according to Horton School of Music professor Dr. Jennifer Luiken.

“The students will be performing the scenes and arias in a fully staged and costumed,” said Luiken. “They are learning some very challenging and dramatic music, and it has been exciting to see them develop their voices and their characters. Additionally, we have a few ‘guest artists’ which will round out the performance.”

Tickets are $10.00 and are available at the door Thursday evening. All proceeds will benefit the St. Matthews Community Center’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program.

“I took a class two years ago at my church entitled Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, and one of the areas of mission work that was discussed was English as a Second Language,” said Luiken. “I have always been fascinated by languages, and currently, teach about them to the students in the Horton School of Music. In Lyric Theatre this semester, we have enjoyed learning how better to communicate in our own heart language, English. So, I felt our goal with regard to English was beautifully connected with what the students at the St. Matthews Community center desire to accomplish went hand in hand.”

For more information on the ESL program, visit http://www.connectinghands.org/programs/esl%20or contact Hayden Donehue Shook at haydenshook@bellsouth.net.


Founded in 1964, Charleston Southern University is a private, four-year liberal arts college. CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The University’s vision is to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving.

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