Roza in South Africa

Roza is a junior Hunt Scholar and Mustang Scholar majoring in communication studies in Meadows School of the Arts and political science in Dedman College. During summer 2011, she is participating in SMU-in-South Africa, a four-week study program that introduces students to South African history and culture. She plans to take two courses: “The African Diaspora: Literature and Culture of Black Liberation” as well as “Music Theater Workshop, West Side Story.”

Roza then travels to Washington, D.C., as the 2011 Jack C. and Annette K. Vaughn Foreign Service and International Affairs intern, through SMU’s John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies. She is working at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars with the center’s Global Health Initiative.

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On with the show

Today West Side Story was performed to a live audience, and it turned out incredibly. On Sunday two performances were shown, and the final two were shown today.

The audience turnout was great, and the students performed their hearts out. At the end of the show many SMU students received compliments for their outstanding acting, singing and dancing skills.

More important, everyone including the performers were pleased to see such great teamwork that integrated not only SMU students but also two other universities from South Africa. It takes a lot of hard work, dedication, and teamwork to pull out a show with only 4 days of practicing together.

Overall the audience was amazed and the students were proud of themselves for pulling out such great performances. One would have thought these were professionals not students from different backgrounds who had been practicing together for only four days. Pictures of the performance are coming soon.

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