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Netflix’s ‘The Prom’ is a splashy but disappointing mess

the prom
December 28, 2020

What do you get when you combine musical theater, a Netflix-sized budget and a grab bag of celebrities? A mess.  Netflix and Ryan Murphy (Glee), along with a gaggle of big-name actors, have teamed...

Behind the set of “Little Shop of Horrors”

Little Shop of Horrors
February 18, 2020

Rehearsals for MSU’s 2020 spring musical Little Shop of Horrors have been in full swing since the first week of the semester, and there will still be many more before the opening night.  For this...

REVIEW: Broadway’s ‘Newsies’ brings New York City to town

February 18, 2019

Whether you enjoy musical theater or not, Wichita Falls’ production of Disney's Newsies the Broadway musical is a must see. 'Newsies' the musical follows the inspiring story of the newsboys' hawkers...

‘A Star is Born’ shines bright with two charismatic stars

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born (2018). Courtesy of IMDB
October 10, 2018

Nothing is more fascinating than watching a new a star on the rise. Tabloids, gossip columns, and award shows clamor for new details of a nascent celebrity. Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut, “A...

‘Urinetown’ run complete; strike begins March 5

As part of strike, Ben Ashton directs the UGC sign as other crew lower it from above on Monday, March 5, 2018. Photo by Jeromy Stacy
March 6, 2018

While the final curtain closed on "Urinetown" on March 2, the work just began for the crew to tear down each set piece crafted for the two week run. Weeks worth of work will only take 20 hours to completely...

“Urinetown” opening night rescheduled due to inclement weather

February 21, 2018

To ensure safety of cast, crew and audiences following the inclement weather Feb. 21 and class cancelation for Feb. 22, the "Urinetown" opening night has been rescheduled for Friday, Feb. 23 after months...

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
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...

Makeup makes the characters

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

Four sides to the same Musical: A look into the different roles that make Urinetown, Urinetown

We take a look at four different sides to the same story. See what it takes to put on a musical and how a technical director, head dresser, actor, and assistant manager, have only the success of the musical in mind.
February 14, 2018

Four individuals, four massive pieces to such a large production. A technical hand in charge of construction, a head dresser directed to maintain costumes to preserve them for each production, assistant...

Prospective students join musical cast

Carl Marshall and cast members rehearse
February 8, 2018

The stage smells of fresh sawdust and wet paint. Dust mites are seen in the bright stage lights, masking the audience and turning the rest of the auditorium into an endless expanse of black. The only thing...

Cruz one of 20 in ‘Urinetown’

Chris Cruz rehearses
February 3, 2018

Christopher Cruz is active all across campus. He has been president of People Respecting Identity Diversity for Everyone. He's a member of Omega Delta Phi fraternity. And now, Cruz, a theater...

‘Urinetown’ stage managers keep show organized

'Urinetown' stage managers keep show organized
January 30, 2018

While the actors parade around the "Urinetown" stage and memorize lines, songs and choreography, the stage managers spend hours on end reading over paperwork, gathering schedules and offering helping hands...

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