Pops at the Pond

September 21, 2022 Jaidyn Kamplain

On September 16, the Hardin-Simmons Theatre Department presented its annual Pops at the Pond event. Hosted by HSU music and theater students, Pops at the Pond has provided a relaxed outdoor performance for the public since 2014.

Students performed selected songs ranging from comedic musicals to ballads and classical jazz. 

“The music and theatre department’s goal is always to prepare students for success in their instrument and in their professional lives. Part of being a professional musician is performing,” shared Assistant Professor of Voice Judy Marchman. “Our students work this craft to connect with their audiences and Pops at the Pond allows for a close, informal venue to do this.” 

Students lounge on the grass as they watch performers.

With lawn chairs and picnic blankets pulled up close to the stage, the audience is closer to the performers, which, Marchman states, allows for more connection between the two.

HSU senior Elyssa Davis shared her thoughts on the importance of the annual Pops at the Pond performance for music and theatre students. 

“Pops at the Pond is the perfect way to jump into the new school year and introduce new performers in the program. It’s also a great way to see the progress of singers throughout the years as they grow and learn throughout their time at HSU,” shared Davis.

“Seeing alumni and other students in the crowd encouraging us and enjoying our performances reminds me of how much support we have behind the scenes.”