On Monday, Aug. 21, our area will experience a total solar eclipse. The event  is unlike anything you’ve seen. As totality approaches, you will see the astonishing sight of day turning to night and the Sun’s corona blazing in the sky. An eclipse is a cosmic billiard shot – the Sun, Moon, and Earth line up to reveal the Sun’s atmosphere, it’s corona. This eclipse will travel the U.S. from coast-to-coast, beginning in Cape Girardeau at 11:52 a.m. and reaching totality at 1:20 p.m.

In honor of the Great American Eclipse, Southeast is planning activities including a special Eclipse performance at the River Campus!

Event is free and open to the public. Solar glasses available while supplies last. Please bring lawn chairs or blankets for your comfort.

Schedule of Events

10 a.m. / Crisp Museum Opens featuring NASA: Spirit of Discovery exhibit

11 a.m. / Screenprinting, Shadow Cards, and Button-making Activities begin

11:52 a.m. / Marching Band Drum Line

12:00 p.m. / Nick Kenney, Interstellar Call

12:05 p.m. / Dance Ensemble, Sculpture Improv
Students from The Conservatory Dance Program will present a structured improvisation around the theme of the sun and moon utilizing the large sculptures in the River Campus quad area.

12:10 p.m. / Adam Schween & Abigail Becker, “Mooning” from Grease

12:15 p.m. / “Elara” (Poetry Reading) – Bridget Dixon, English Writing Major
A lovely poem that tells a fantastical story of the moon’s origins, plucked from the womb of some cosmic mother.

12:20 p.m. / “Total Eclipse of the Heart” – Bart Williams & Jenna Moore

12:25 p.m. / “A Merry Olde Portentous Eclipse” – Bart Williams, director
Conservatory Theatre students Ellen Carr and Christopher Albertson present a humorous scene of choreographed stage fighting poking fun at the medieval superstitions of eclipses.

12:30 p.m. / Dance Ensemble Group Performance – “Walking on Sunshine;” choreography by Hilary Peterson
Students from The Conservatory Dance Program perform an energetic group dance to this classic song.

12:35 p.m. / Dance Ensemble Tap Solo – Alisa Cooper (student) – “Into the Stars”

12:40 p.m. / “Nox” (Poetry Reading) – Karma Alvey, student majoring in English Writing
A fabulist piece of fiction that explores what happens when the eclipse freezes just as the path of totality passes over Cape Girardeau.

12:45 p.m. / Faculty Brass Quintet

12:55 p.m. / “Shine the Light on Me” (Poetry Reading) – Austin Neumeyer, English Writing major
A funny and satirical piece of short fiction in which a conspiracy theorist offers his own take on how eclipses happen.

1 p.m. / Dance Ensemble Tap Solo – Jenna Tansky (student) “Rhythm of the Moon”

1:05 p.m. / Marching Band Finale


1:20 p.m. / Eclipse Totality


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