The Wichitan

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

Peyton Alonzo, Reporter

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 of New York in 1899. The newsboys begin helping each other to lead a strike against the Joseph Pulitzer, publisher of ...

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

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

Brian Lang, Film Critic

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 Star is Born” illuminates audiences about the beginning and end of stardom, pulling no punches as it ch...

‘Urinetown’ run complete; strike begins March 5

‘Urinetown’ run complete; strike begins March 5

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 dissemble, and to ensure safety and efficiency, the production crew began tearing down the ...

“Urinetown” opening night rescheduled due to inclement weather

The Wichitan

February 22, 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 of rehearsals, costume design and make-up preparations. According to Elizabeth Lewandowski, theater...

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

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

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

Makeup makes the characters

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...

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

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

Rachel Johnson

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 stage manager tasked with organizing schedules and being the hands ready to move in whatever way necessary...

Prospective students join musical cast

Prospective students join musical cast

Mekala Conway and Jacob Smith

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 that lets anyone know there is anyone seated in the audience is the den of people talking and laughing...

Cruz one of 20 in ‘Urinetown’

Cruz one of 20 in ‘Urinetown’

Treston Lacy

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 junior, is one of 20 students playing in "Urinetown: The Musical," his first main stage performance a...

‘Urinetown’ stage managers keep show organized

‘Urinetown’ stage managers keep show organized

The Wichitan

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 to wherever they are needed. Katie Cagle, stage manager and theater tech design senior, along si...

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...

Urinetown cast met for first rehearsal

Urinetown cast met for first rehearsal

Devin Field

January 16, 2018

The theater department began rehearsals Jan. 16 for the musical "Urinetown." Consisting of a cast of 26 people, the musical is set as a political satire about a town struggling with it's water supply. "The whole musical is a satire of every other musical so that makes it really fun and exciting...

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