Work begins long before show opens

“Places!” the stage manager calls. All the actors and actresses in the show rush backstage, their hearts pounding from nerves, their hands shaking slightly. The show begins in five minutes, and they’ve been working for weeks to ensure its perfection. The costumes, the sets, the scenes are all as … [Read more...]

New theater professor makes directorial debut

The theater department will take audiences into the world of Dungeons and Dragons with the first fall play: She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen. This will be the debut of Karen Dabney’s direction, new assistant professor of theater. “Because it’s my first show, there’s this whole momentum of … [Read more...]

One-acts plays wrap up

The Festival of Student-Produced One-Act Plays came to an end this past Saturday with the plays “Oedi,” “The Moon Please,” and “Thread Count.” oedi This Rich Orloff play, directed by Disa Hairell, theater senior, had the audience laughing from the start. The Town Crier, played by Hope Harvick, … [Read more...]

Students produce plays over entire semester

Students produce plays over entire semester from MWSU Campus Watch on Vimeo. While most students are studying for finals, theater seniors are preparing for opening night of their student-directed one-act plays, a feat that requires them to flex all of their theater muscles and no easy task to be … [Read more...]

Theater students take ‘First Step’ toward change

The student-driven production of "The Vagina Monologues" could be the best valentine given to First Step Inc. this weekend. All proceeds of the $5-per-ticket show will go to the nonprofit that aids domestic-abuse victims and provides them with resources and shelter. According to Elizabeth … [Read more...]

Vagina Monologues: Play promotes social responsibility

The Vagina Monologues run Feb. 13-14. $5 Associate Professor Laura Jefferson and students in the National Honor Theater Society have paired to produce The Vagina Monologues an episodic play written by Eve Ensler originally performed in 1996. This version of the show features nine stories … [Read more...]

Delayed stage construction hinders theater rehearsals

While preparing for the first production of the year, a mixed cast of 12 theater students, faculty and professional actors had to work around an unfinished stage while preparing for the opening night of the first play of the year August: Osage County. For the first time since it was built in … [Read more...]

Asbestos delays stage replacement

The replacement of the Fain Theatre stage floor has been hampered with delays after the discovery of asbestos within the glue holding the hard board to the plywood below. Even with the discovery of the asbestos, workers said the construction would be finished by the first day of classes. However, on … [Read more...]

Students produce one-act plays with no budget

April is a busy month for graduating seniors of the Theatre Department. This year 12 seniors have each been working with no budget to produce a one-act play completely from the ground up. After selecting a script, students must design and create costumes, stage lighting and sound for the play in … [Read more...]

“Wiley and the Hairy Man”

During rehearsals for "Wiley and the Hairy Man", Houston Pokorny, sophomore in theater, and Rachel Bullard, junior in theater, perform part of a handshake. Zac Binx, junior in theater, was the lead before breaking his big toe. Pokorny was selected to replace Binx as the lead. Binx said,"Houston was … [Read more...]