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SFSU Magazine Online, Spring/Summer  2004, Volume 4, Number 1.

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More Scenes from Assassins

Student actor Nicole Helfer raises a gun in the air and Student actor Kirk Livingston leans in to get a brush of powder on his face from student makeup artist Elana Hendler. Left, Nichole Helfer's role as Sara Jane Moore required a .38 caliber gun, a 70's era Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket, and a stuffed dog. Despite her target practice on the bucket, Moore winds up shooting her dog, not Gerald Ford. Right, Kirk Livingston gets a final touch of powder from makeup artist Elana Hendler. ALthough he was struck by the tragic life of his character, Charles Guiteau, he admits, 'As an actor, it's really fun to play insane.' Photos by Lui Gino de Grandis

Three students sit at the soundboard with headphones on during the production of Assassins and theatre Arts Professor Todd Roehrman makes a few final adjustments to a hat he’s designing in the costume shop. Left, Lauren McCullough  and Nick Terry discuss lighting. Stage Manager Patrick Naylon, far right, says he enjoyed keeping track of the details and holding togerger 'the biggest show ever done at our school.' Right, Professor Todd Roehrman and his student team were responisble for creating period costumes that spanned the 1860s to the 1980s. This was the most challenging part of their work on 'Assassins' he says. Photos by Lui Gino de Grandis

The Star File

Student performers at SFSU are encouraged to push boundaries and take creative risks while they receive a solid foundation in the fundamentals of theater, music and dance. After graduation, they are ready to continue their artistic pursuits in the professional world.

Alumnus Paul Gemignani, the musical director of the Broadway production of "Assassins," which won five Tony Awards in June, is among the many successful directors, dancers, singers, and stars of stage and screen who got their start at SFSU.

Here are a few alumni from the SFSU star file:

Annette Bening, actor
Ed Bullins, playwright
Henrietta Davis, opera singer
Paul Desmond, jazz saxophonist
Danny Glover, actor
Ella Jenkins, folk singer
Kitty Margolis, jazz singer
Johnny Mathis, singer
Sharon McNight, singer/actor
Kent Nagano, music director/conductor
Ronnie Schell, actor/comedian
Daniel Sullivan, Broadway director
Jeffrey Tambor, actor
Wesla Whitfield, singer
B.D. Wong, actor

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