Students learn the ropes of Vegas productions in Vegas

MTSU @ LoveChris Haseleu, professor emeritus of Department of Recording Industry, hosted a Las Vegas Study Tour for MTSU students during this year’s spring break. Students from the Liberal Arts and Media and Entertainment colleges attended Cirque du Soleil shows Mystere, KA, The Beatles LOVE and Michael Jackson ONE.

In addition to seeing the shows, the group received special tours of all four venues. The tour of the Michael Jackson ONE theater was conducted by MTSU Recording Industry alumnus and Cirque du Soleil audio technician John Kessler (’05). Kessler gave the students a special demonstration of the top-of-the-line sound system.

The tour of The Beatles LOVE theater was conducted by Cirque’s Las Vegas operations director Kim Scott. Scott arranged for the students to be introduced to the theater’s technicians so they could ask questions about the live productions.

“Throughout the tours the students behaved in a very professional manner asking clear, detailed questions of our hosts,” Haseleu said. “The Cirque staff was impressed with the quality of our students.”

Students agreed that the admiration was mutual. “The Vegas Study Tour was a phenomenal experience for me. It was eye opening to see alternative careers I could explore with my major and very encouraging to see MTSU graduates getting jobs in their fields of study,” said senior Charles Bridgers. “It truly changed my life.”

“This trip has been one of the most educational and beneficial experiences that I have had in college,” said senior Michelle Saintey. “I learned a lot about the organization for which that I hope to one day work, and I got to have a fantastic spring break with my classmates and professors. I gained an even greater appreciation for everything that goes into creating a fantastic theatrical production. I’m so grateful to the faculty who lead this trip for teaching this class and coordinating this trip for us.”

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