The Wichitan

Conductor builds confidence through Heaven’s music

Midwestern Singers and Conductor Dale Heidebrecht close the concert with “Cells Planet by Erika Lloyd

Taylor Anderson, Reporter

April 8, 2019

Parents and friends gathered in the Burns Chapel, April 4 to listen to the sweet melodies of the Midwestern Singers. Preparing for two months and meeting three days-a-week, the audience was serenaded at no cost with Stevie Wonder's top hits, "Superstition" and "Don't Worry ‘Bout a Thing." Con...

Fine Arts building celebrates 40 years

fain celebration

Denush Vidanapathirana, Reporter

October 10, 2018

When Paul and Patti Stillson graduated in 1971 and 1973, respectively, with degrees in art, there was no fine arts building. “We were not in this building. We were in a building across campus. They were barracks buildings (the university) got from Sheppard,” Paul Stillson said. Patti Stillson said...

Senior art exhibit ignites conversation

Gary Goldberg, art professor and gallery director, adjusts the placement of art pieces for the senior exhibition Thursday, May 2, 2018. Goldberg said that since there were so many graduating art students this semester, the artwork had to be displayed in the foyer, as well as the actual gallery. “We had to be more flexible this semester, but this space is mostly used as a path,” Goldberg said. “Our students often create pieces that challenge viewers emotionally and intellectually, so we have to create the galleries in a way that allows the viewer to make a choice if they want to engage in the art.” Photo by Brendan Wynne

Brendan Wynne, Reporter

May 3, 2018

Worried that the message of his senior exhibition was being compromised, Ethan Parker, art senior, voiced concern over the placement of his work in the foyer adjacent to the Juanita and Ralph Harvey School of Visual Arts. Parker, a graduating art student, created a collection of sculptures and ...

‘Urinetown’ provides a night of entertainment

Ellanor Collins who plays Officer Lockstock in the production of

Brian Lang

February 27, 2018

With its unconventional title and unusual subject matter, "Urinetown" may seem like a poor choice for a musical, but this zany production by the MSU theater department successfully pulls it off. This hilarious comedy makes fun of conventional theater, criticizes capitalism and bureaucrac...

Faces of Urinetown: Their work done backstage to appear on stage

As a way to teach Samuel Mitchell, mass communication sophomore, how to correctly apply his makeup, Christopher Cruz, theater junior, demonstrates how to do it for the first time on Friday, Feb.16, 2018. Photo by Joanne Ortega

Joanne Ortega

February 20, 2018

A soft chatter in discussion on how to apply makeup can be heard in the distance. A view of costumes and makeup products fill the room and makes it hard to focus on a single thing. It's brightly lit with large lightbulbs and surrounds the actors with self-reflections on the large mirrors. The d...

Makeup makes the characters

Kalli Root applies makeup for Urinetown in the dressing room on Feb. 16, 2018. Photo by Sarah Graves

Sarah Graves

February 19, 2018

Painting a face for a musical is similar to painting a canvas- the right brushes, primer and "paint" are used to carve the actor's face to create the desired look. This is especially true for "Urinetown: The Musical." The "Urinetown" makeup crew, comprised of Christopher Cruz, theater junior, Abby Alle...

High school art show kicks off

Alyssa Mitchell

January 30, 2018

The annual High School Art Competition opened this week in the Fain Fine Arts Center Foyer Gallery. The art show will be housed in the gallery from Jan. 29, until Feb. 3. The gallery consists of at least 250 pieces of artwork from different high schools in the surrounding area. Steve Hilton, associate...

Renovations in Fain

Percent of American Disabilities Act renovation budgeted for Fain College of Fine Arts.

kristin silva

January 30, 2018

To comply with the American Disabilities Act and fire marshal regulations, so students, faculty and visitors with disabilities can reach their classes, offices and the restrooms, the Fain College of Fine Arts is undergoing renovations to accommodate for such needs. In 2013, the fire marshal came to ...

Satirical ‘Urinetown’ ‘ranks up there’ for musicians

Chloe Phillips

January 25, 2018

Satirical. Funny. Entertaining. Poignant and Political. With 19 songs and a cast of about 20 students, the production of "Urinetown: The Musical" began with rehearsals crowded around a piano Dec. 5. When choosing a musical, Dale Heidebrecht, director of choral studies and musical director, said...

‘Luna Gale:’ good source of entertainment

Alex Rios

October 10, 2017

"Luna Gale," a play written by Rebecca Gilman, transformed the stage this past weekend. Held in the Fain Fine Arts Theatre and open to the public, Christie Maturo directed more than 30 students in the production, seven of whom were actors and the rest were behind-the-scenes. The play focused on ...

Students and faculty evacuate Fain Fine Arts

Martin Camacho, dean of Fain Fine Arts, stands with firefighters as they investigate the problem in the C-wing of Fain Fine Arts. Photo by Justin Marquart

Chloe Phillips

September 19, 2017

After the smell of smoke filled the Fain Fine Arts C-wing, students, staff and faculty were forced to evacuate by Martin Camacho, dean of Fain Fine Arts, and firefighters late Tuesday night. "Fain is set up on three circuits. Two of them were down, so one of them was overworking to compensate...

New mass communication building to open in the fall

The new broadcast studio is allowing the art department to take over their previous studio.

Robin Reid

April 26, 2017

The Mass Communication Department will welcome students, faculty and staff to its new home at the university, in fall 2017. While the plans for the building began in fall 2014, the ground-breaking began in February 2016. Having an up-to-date facility is important to current students as well as prospective...

The Student News Site of Midwestern State University
Fain Fine Arts