With the welcome return of in-person gatherings and the end of most COVID-19 restrictions, this series will go on hiatus until the fall. Check back for updates this September.
Gene Kelly (né Eugene Curran Kelly; August 23, 1912 – February 2, 1996) was an American actor, dancer, singer, filmmaker, and choreographer. He was known for his energetic and athletic dancing style, good looks, and the likable characters that he played on screen. He starred in, choreographed, or co-directed some of the most well-regarded musical films of the 1940s through 1960s, including Cover Girl (1944), On the Town (1949), An American in Paris (1951), Singin’ in the Rain (1952), and The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967). Kelly’s many innovations transformed the Hollywood musical, and he is credited with almost single-handedly making the ballet form commercially acceptable to film audiences.
In a celebratory follow-up to the 2020 – 2021 eight-month showing of all thirty-one Fred Astaire film musicals, Dr. Marc Strauss, Professor Emeritus, Conservatory of Theatre & Dance, College of Arts & Media, Southeast Missouri State University, and the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, will co-host the showing of all 18 film musicals starring Gene Kelly, plus dance excerpts of four films and two special documentaries.
Resumes this fall with dates to be determined.