The Wichitan

Theater students produce one-act plays


Joseph Rader, Reporter

April 16, 2019

At the Bea Wood Studio Theater on April 13, at 7:30 p.m. students from theater were performing six different plays. Tickets for the showing were $5. Once you bought a ticket a program of the night was handed out. Then you seated yourself and wait for the show to begin. Fifty-four Students, faculty a...

‘Newsies’ runs until March 2 at Wichita Theatre


Peyton Alonzo, Repoter

February 18, 2019

The Wichita Theatre musical production of 'Newsies' on Jan 8 was recorded-breaking, drawing in 300 people on opening night. The audience was filled with families and couples from all around the area. The emotions expressed on the audience's faces express just how engaged they were with the musical...

Our Town dress rehearsals begin before opening weekend

Samuel Mitchell, Reporter

November 14, 2018

The theater's production of Our Town began its dress rehearsals earlier this week and is full of new faces.  However, this does not pose a problem for show director Sally Story. "I just ask them to come in with a good work ethic, and that is all that matters," Story said. Rehearsals for Our To...

Theater professors held Shakespeare Workshop

Nicole Smalls, Reporter

November 10, 2018

With only two MSU students in attendance, assistant theater professors Sally Story and Christie Maturo held their monthly Shakeshop: Actor’s Workshop at the Kemp Center for the Arts on Nov. 4. “The theater department wants to do more community outreach. By doing this we can serve the community, ...

Theater faculty struggles to find why audience sizes are low

Nicole Smalls, Reporter

November 4, 2018

In recent years the theater department's audience sizes have gone down, and the faculty members are trying to figure out why. “I do theater for the audience, so if there’s no one coming to the show, I don’t think there’s much of a point,” said assistant theater professor, Sally Story. ...

Theater students had 10-minute scene auditions

Nicole Smalls, Reporter

October 17, 2018

Every fall semester the students in the Principals of Directing class get the chance to direct 10-minute scenes, often the first time the students ever directed a show. On Oct. 15 and 16 in the Bea Wood Studio Theatre, seven theater majors got the chance to watch students audition for the chance to be...

Six freshman make their collegiate debut in “Dracula”

at rehearsal for Dracula, Sept. 28, 2018. Photo by Bradley Wilson

Nicole Smalls, Reporter

October 12, 2018

Dracula, the theater department’s first mainstage show of the season, features some fresh faces to the program: six cast members and the assistant manager. Of the 14 people that are involved with the show, almost half of them are freshman. Rebekah Gardner, Emma Hart, Hannah Kelly, Callie Payne, Rachel Ship...

Fine Arts building celebrates 40 years

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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...

Stage Manager Emily Burns: the woman in charge


Nicole Smalls, Reporter

October 3, 2018

Theater junior Emily Burns has been involved with theater since her sophomore year of high school, and with the theater department’s production of Dracula opening on Oct. 4, Burns will have worked in stage management for 17 shows. “Being a stage manager means that you’re the closest thi...

Sweeping sickness limits progress on Dracula production

Samuel Mitchell, Reporter

September 25, 2018

The theater department’s production of Dracula has hit a cough in the road as actors and technicians are suffering from a sickness sweeping over the department. “We were ahead of schedule thankfully, so this has only set us back to a normal pace,” Addrian Gaut, theater senior, said. While the prod...

‘Extremities’: an opportunity to discuss mature issues

Shaila Botello, Reporter

September 17, 2018

After the original student director stepped down, Drew Davison, a 2017 Midwestern State graduate, led four student actors through William Mastrosimone's "Extremities." Davison said, “Someone else had chosen the play and I just kind of picked it up.” A play for mature audiences only, it touches...

Theater department’s ‘Extremities’ opens Sept. 13

Nicole Smalls, Reporter

September 12, 2018

After a short rehearsal process, members of the theater department will open the this season with a production of Extremities by William Mastrosimone Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bea Wood Studio Theatre. “When I heard about the show, I was actually really excited,” said theater sophomore Brea S...

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