The Wichitan

Sweeping sickness limits progress on Dracula production

Samuel Mitchell, Reporter

September 25, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

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...

‘Urinetown’ run complete; strike begins March 5

‘Urinetown’ run complete; strike begins March 5

Jeromy Stacy

March 6, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

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 ...

Wardrobe stitches musical together

Wardrobe stitches musical together

Joanna Gartman, Reporter

February 28, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

An actor’s costume provides support physically and emotionally, to actor and audience alike. The wardrobe team has the pressure of enhancing the entire experience by providing strong visual support to the story. The wardrobe team conquered the task of clothing the variety of captivating characters ...

‘Urinetown’ provides a night of entertainment

‘Urinetown’ provides a night of entertainment

Brian Lang

February 27, 2018


Filed under A&E, Entertainment Spotlight

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...

‘Urinetown’ opening night draws crowds

‘Urinetown’ opening night draws crowds

Brian Lang

February 26, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

Crowds of students, faculty and community members filled Fain Auditorium on a rainy Friday night to see the premiere of “Urinetown: The Musical.” The set glowed an iridescent yellow, reflecting the theme of the show, as the audience excitedly talked while thumbing through their programs. ...

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


Filed under Campus

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


Filed under Feature

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


Filed under Campus, News

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


Filed under Campus, News

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


Filed under Campus, News

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


Filed under News

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


Filed under Campus, News

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...

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