Music Department to Stage Cabaret Theater

EMU’s music department will host The Profession, Inc. (TPI) theater company’s song-filled, multi-media, celebration of life, "Go-DIVA! – of song, silence, & the abuse of chocolate," starring Jennifer Anne Cooper.

The show will be presented 7 p.m. Friday, Mar. 16, in Lehman Auditorium at EMU.

In this play, Cooper, currently a Harrisonburg resident and voice instructor at EMU, once lived a far more glamorous life.

Blessed at birth with an amazing vocal instrument, a strong work ethic, and a Type A personality, she spent her youth as a rising star, pleasing audiences and impressing critics, and was shamelessly thrilled to do so.

Jennifer Anne Cooper in full diva regalia at the Florida Grand Opera.Jennifer Anne Cooper in full diva regalia at the Florida Grand Opera.

By age 28, Cooper was poised on the threshold of international Diva-dom, celebrating hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of contracts and preparing to sing 12 lead roles with top opera companies in Europe and North America.

Then – in a wink of fate’s eye – the gift that seemed divinely given was gone, and the proverbial party was over.

Pianist Michael Santana, director of the Chesapeake (MD) Choral Arts Society, is Cooper