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‘Kiss Me Kate’ closes out Texas State Mainstage Theatre season

The Texas State Mainstage Theatre season concluded with a performance of Kiss Me Kate.

Texas State’s Department of Theatre and Dance put on Cole Porter’s comedic musical April 21-26. The musical was directed and choreographed by Cassie Abate, assistant professor, and was performed at the Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre.

The musical follows the story of divorced couple, Fred and Lilli, who are actors in a production of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. The two perform the lead roles, Katherine and Petruchio, which causes chaos and comedy within the production.   

Theater students to receive recognition at national conference

Five students from the Texas State Department of Theatre and Dance will be recognized as national finalists April 14-18 at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) in Washington D.C.

John Fleming, interim dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication, said each year in late February a regional festival takes place involving six states and nearly 60 different programs. Fleming said one winner is chosen from each of the eight regions across the country to advance to the Kennedy Center.

Italian opera relatable for university students

The Texas State Opera Theatre presented Giacomo Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi” March 26-29 at the Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre in the Performing Arts Center.

The opera was separated into two parts by an intermission, with one portion in Italian and the other in English. The story is a comedy about a family and a friend, Gianni Schicchi, who plans a scheme to receive all the money left behind by the wealthy Uncle Buoso.

Theatre students modernize Greek classic ‘Medea’

Texas State’s Department of Theatre and Dance performed “Medea,” a modernized version of Euripedes’ Greek tragedy, in the black box theatre March 5-7.

The play, directed by Amelia Bahr, graduate student, follows Medea’s vendetta against Jason, her ex-husband. 

Bahr has over 30 years of theatre experience, but she had never directed a Greek play.

“I used to not be a big fan of Greek plays, but tonight that has completely changed,” said Terrence Folker, audience member. “It was modernized enough to where I wasn’t falling asleep in my seat, but it also had the genuine Greek elements as well.”

Bahr read over 15 different renditions of “Medea” during the summer until she settled on the Frederic Raphael and Kenneth McCuish rendition.

Graduate students write, produce new play

Texas’s State Department of Theatre and Dance performed “Snake Oil,” a student-written and -directed production, this past weekend as part of the black box series.

The show, performed in the Patti Strickel Harrison Studio Theatre, is set in Sweetwater. The production is a comedy-drama centered on the workings of a con man weaving his way into people’s pockets by selling snake oil as a household remedy. The play focuses on his journey of being blackmailed into helping the daughter of one his customers, a teenage girl who is pregnant out of wedlock.

The first read-through for the performance was held before winter break, said Jack William Rodgers, theatre senior and actor.   

Theatre Performances 2015

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The start of the new semester brings a new season of auditions and performances by the Department of Theatre and Dance.

“A Streetcar Named Desire,” “Angels in America,” “Kiss Me Kate,” “Medea” and “Snake Oil” are just a few of the performances students can look forward to in the coming months.

“A Streetcar Named Desire” will be the first major performance of the 2015 season. The play was written by Tennessee Williams in 1947 and deals with a culture clash between two major characters, Blanche DuBois and Stanley Kowalski.

Regan Goins, theatre senior, who plays Blanche, describes the experience as the role of a lifetime.

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