McMurry Department of Theatre

McMurry Department of Theatre A theatre generalist program that prepares students for a career in the performing arts.
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Look what has arrived! Our scripts for the summer productions!
05/26/2020

Look what has arrived! Our scripts for the summer productions!

May we remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
05/25/2020

May we remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

05/22/2020
KTXS Sports

Way to go Coach Petree! Just what we need to hear!

MESSAGE OF HOPE: McMurry University volleyball coach Cammie Petree needed one take to deliver from memory an INCREDIBLE poem titled, "Today". 🏐⤵️

McMurry University
05/19/2020

McMurry University

We love seeing photos of our incoming Class of 2024 😍 Here is Caryn from Rising Star High School, who will be joining our tennis team.

Use #McMurryBound on your posts so we can share them!

McMurry University Athletics
05/15/2020

McMurry University Athletics

Honoring all of our healthcare workers and first responders at McMurry today during the Dyess AFB flyovers #AlaCumba

05/15/2020

Safe and Entertaining! That’s our promise!

This summer we present Theatre in the Quad! Come and social distance with us as we bring you exciting and dynamic theatre in the Quad of McMurry University. An impactful stage reading of Steel Magnolias in July and a concert style version of The Fantasticks in August will light up the campus of McMurry!

More details coming soon!

McMurry University
05/14/2020

McMurry University

“Pug Parris is one of those people who makes you feel better. Some of it is Pug being Pug. And just knowing someone named Pug is worth a smile.”

We couldn’t agree more! Don’t miss Abilene Reporter-News’ article all about Pug! She just concluded her 42nd and final year at McMurry University. We will miss her greatly.

https://bit.ly/3fS0m7Q

#mcmurrytbt

05/14/2020
It’s time for SOAR!
05/13/2020

It’s time for SOAR!

Class of 2024, excited for SOAR?

Register for our upcoming webinar, SOAR 101, hosted by McMurry Student Life happening May 22nd 🗓

bit.ly/35Xn5Lw

We are still planning to present summer theatre at McMurry University. Our first show, Steel Magnolias has new performan...
05/11/2020

We are still planning to present summer theatre at McMurry University. Our first show, Steel Magnolias has new performance dates, July 9th - 12th, 2020!

McMurry Theatre is working hard to make performing and attending during this time safe. More details will follow about the steps we are taking to make your theatrical experience one that allows you to suspend your disbelief.

Announcing the cast of Steel Magnolias!

M’Lynn: Kim Baker
Truvy: Ann Hurst
Ouiser: Susan King
Clairee: Terry Fulkenberry
Shelby: Symone Fiedler
Annelle: Lauren Bridwell

McMurry University Theatre Presents Fall 2020/Spring 2021 Theatre Season Homecoming MusicalGODSPELLby: Stephen Schwartz ...
05/10/2020

McMurry University Theatre Presents
Fall 2020/Spring 2021 Theatre Season

Homecoming Musical
GODSPELL
by: Stephen Schwartz
Oct. 15th-18th, 2020

2nd Fall Production
WAIT UNTIL DARK
by: Frederick Knott
Nov. 19th-21nd, 2020

1st Spring Production
LOVELY SUNDAY FOR CREVE COEUR
by: Tennessee Williams
Feb. 11th-14th, 2021

2nd Spring Production
STUDENT WRITTEN ONE ACTS
INSIDE THE BOX, by Jared Hainsel
THE DOVE, by Victoria Picon
UNEATEN CANDY, by William Watson
Apr. 1st-3rd, 2021

3rd Spring Production
STUDENT DIRECTED ONE ACTS
Apr. 29th-30th, 2021

***All production pending approval from licensing organizations. Dates and titles subject to change.***

The theatre department had their end of school banquet on Zoom this year. Pictured is theatre faculty member, Kerry Goff...
05/10/2020

The theatre department had their end of school banquet on Zoom this year. Pictured is theatre faculty member, Kerry Goff leading the Zoom banquet. Below is this year’s department awards and recipients. Congratulations to our students who have done amazing amazing work this year!

Department Awards

Department Awards (Faculty)
Golden Mask (Graduating Senior): Kevin Roberts

Alan Banks Award (Outstanding Junior): Symone Fiedler

Outstanding Technical Recognition: Blair Stewart

Most Improved Performance: Victoria Picon

Most Promising Newcomer: Madi Melbourne

Shining Minor Award: Holly Bentea

For the Love of the Game: Erica DiGigiacomo

Best Lead Performance Actor: Kevin Roberts (Ciampa, Cap and Bells)

Best Lead Performance Actress: Cambria Jaramillo (Beatrice, Cap and Bells)

Best Supporting Performance Actor: Jared Hainsel (Spano, Cap and Bells)

Best Supporting Performance Actress: Makenzie Farias (Sylvie, Odd Couple)

Endowed Scholarships
Paydin and Pierce LoPachin Endowed Scholarship: Madi Melbourne

Robert S. Gillette Family Endowed Scholarship: Jared Hainsel

J.B. and Hazel Roach Endowed Scholarship: Elmer Mejia and Victoria Picon

Bill and Ann Stokes Endowed Scholarship: Symone Fiedler, Shawna Johnson, Holly Bentea, and Jordan Mackey

Student Leadership 2020/2021
Shop Foreman: Blair Stewart

Box Office Manager: Symone Fielder

Costume Shop Manager: Shanna Stubbs

Properties Manager: Bailee Walker

Playwriting Selections:
Inside the Box, by Jared Hainsel

The Dove, by Victoria Picon

Uneaten Candy, by William Watson

McMurry Religious and Spiritual Life
05/07/2020

McMurry Religious and Spiritual Life

Missing chapel this week? Tune in for BACCALAUREATE this Friday!
We will resume regular chapel on May 19th!

It’s teacher appreciation week!!!! Many of our theatre alumni are out in the school systems teaching theatre. We want to...
05/05/2020

It’s teacher appreciation week!!!! Many of our theatre alumni are out in the school systems teaching theatre. We want to hear from our alumni! Comment and tell us what drives you to teach, inspire, and enrich.

McMurry Alumni Association
05/05/2020

McMurry Alumni Association

Today is the day! Join us for #GivingTuesdayNow in collaboration with #AbileneGives. Your gift today supports our students and ensures their ability to continue their McMurry education. Without your help, many of our students wouldn't be where they are today! You can make your gift at: https://www.abilenegives.org/organizations/mcmurry-university

McMurry University
05/05/2020

McMurry University

#AbileneGives is today! Visit https://bit.ly/2y7h2r7 to make your gift. Help our students continue their journey in higher education. We need you #NowMoreThanEver.

McMurry University
05/01/2020

McMurry University

McMurry University announces the reopening of campus for fall 2020 with face-to-face classes.

The rollout includes a five-phase plan that begins with limited-size classroom instruction for May term followed by in class summer terms. The University is also implementing social distancing in classrooms as well as health screening and other safety protocols.

Read more here: https://bit.ly/2WbFeRa

McMurry University
04/28/2020

McMurry University

One week to go! Don't forget, it is Abilene Gives on May 5th. All #AbileneGives donations provide needed assistance to local nonprofits. Our community needs your help #NowMoreThanEver.

You can support our campaign by visiting https://bit.ly/2y7h2r7

04/27/2020
McMurry University

McMurry University

Today’s #MondayMcMotivation is from Dr. Cindy Martin, Professor of Mathematics and Director of the First Year Experience.

Take a moment to find joy today, War Hawks. Let’s have a great Monday!

Check out our Art Department!
04/26/2020

Check out our Art Department!

The winning selection for the Art Department's annual McMurry Art Competition is now on Instagram @mcmartcompetition!

Here is a preview of some of our award winners. To view all the entries, visit https://www.instagram.com/mcmartcompetition/

McMurry University
04/25/2020

McMurry University

Our campus visits may be postponed, but we still want to meet you!

Schedule a virtual meeting with your admissions counselor and Financial Aid here: https://bit.ly/2VBnZte

You can also explore our campus through our interactive campus map: https://bit.ly/3cIxQmW

We sure love the Paramount! Can’t wait to see those doors open again.
04/23/2020

We sure love the Paramount! Can’t wait to see those doors open again.

We mean it. We want to watch a movie with YOU!

An amazing throwback to our campus library!!!
04/23/2020

An amazing throwback to our campus library!!!

What did the librarian say to the person checking out 50 books?

“Don’t overdue it.”

#mcmurrytbt

McMurry University
04/21/2020

McMurry University

Calling all admitted students! 🗣️

Don't miss out on War Hawk Talk, happening 4/29!

We'll cover your next steps to enroll AND you'll be able to hang out with some current students!

Register here: bit.ly/2zkrifY

Just arrived!!! Our new digital Yamaha Sound Console! In addition, this assembly houses 10 new wireless microphones and ...
04/20/2020

Just arrived!!! Our new digital Yamaha Sound Console! In addition, this assembly houses 10 new wireless microphones and a digital sound snake! This is a major upgrade for McMurry Theatre! Our musicals are going to sound incredible.

04/20/2020
McMurry University

Those lyrics from Rodgers and Hammerstein hold more significance than ever before.

Today's #MondayMcMotivation is from Jeff Scott, the Director of our Servant Leadership Program.

Remember you are never walking alone, War Hawks! Have a great Monday.

EVERYONE! We miss our students and our patrons. This won’t last forever! The show will go on! But for now....
04/16/2020

EVERYONE! We miss our students and our patrons. This won’t last forever! The show will go on! But for now....

Reminiscing over the shows we produced this season. We are so proud to have the Homecoming Musical RETURN with You’re a ...
04/09/2020

Reminiscing over the shows we produced this season. We are so proud to have the Homecoming Musical RETURN with You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown! Fun laughs with the Female Version of the Odd Couple. Such a rollercoaster in Cap and Bells! We got the tissues out with Asleep on the Wind. Thank you to all our supporters!

Reminder, as of today, our summer productions of Steel Magnolias and The Fantasticks are still on!

04/09/2020
McMurry University

Look beyond the horizon.

Dr. Harper shares a special Holy Week message with our campus.

Where there is light, there is hope.
04/08/2020

Where there is light, there is hope.

These photos of Carleton Chapel, a light in the dark, were shared with us by the Rev. Marty CashBurless '78.

McMurry is leaving the lights on in the chapel at night as a symbol of Hope in the darkness. This will continue from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. until the current crisis has concluded.

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An Expansive Theatre Experience

The McMurry Department of Theatre is a production oriented training program, with an emphasis on the theatre generalist approach to play production. While attending and taking courses through the McMurry University Theatre program, students will study a wide body of theatrical disciplines including acting, voice and diction, stage makeup, stagecraft, set design, costume design, light design, theatre history, directing, playwriting, musical theatre, and theatre management. In addition, students will apply theory they have learned in the classroom to practical stage experience through the form of acting, directing, and designing.

The McMurry Department of Theatre offers a robust theatrical season consisting of faculty directed musicals and plays, as well as student directed full length and one act plays. Our department offers an exciting summer theatre season offering as many as three production ranging from all youth musicals, popular Broadway musicals, and award winning dramas. Our department has placed an emphasis on nurturing aspiring playwrights and staging original scripts. Many McMurry playwrights have been recognized with awards in the annual Texas Educational Theatre Association's Theatrefest Playfest competition. Plays are the life blood of the theatre and the encouragement of young writers will provide for the future of the art form.

Our Theatre Department has financial aid opportunities in the form of tuition discounts and work study programs. We offer a series of tuition discounts ranging from 50% to 80% reduction of McMurry’s Tuition cost. Work study functions the same as regular employment. The nature of what your job entails is based on the number of hours you are willing and capable of committing each week to theatre activities and is added to whatever grants or scholarships you may otherwise qualify for. Students are paid for all aspects of production work including set and costume constructions, properties management, box office, and publicity.

Our faculty are theatre generalists and share production responsibilities Mr. David Ainsworth, with training in Acting, Directing, Stage Combat, Costumes, Theatre History, and Theatre Education, teaches Acting, Costume Design and Construction, Creative Dramatics, Theatre Education, Theatre History, Introduction to Theatre, and Make-up. Mr. Kerry Goff, with training in Design, Technical Theatre, Acting , Voice and Diction, and Directing, teaches Set and Light Design, Stagecraft, and Theatre Management, as well as Directing, Acting, Voice and Diction and courses in musical theatre. Digital Video Capture and Editing is taught in the Art Department, but is cross-listed for Theatre credit during the fall semester. Our courses in Playwriting, taught by Professor Emeritus Charlie Hukill as an adjunct.

The biggest advantages of attending McMurry University as a Theatre major, is the personal attention you will receive due to small class sizes, the multitude of opportunities that will be afforded you in production work, and the high level of experiential education offered. All of our graduates who have sought entrance into graduate school programs in theatre have been accepted and have succeeded. We have former students working in professional theatre, community theatre, and theatre education.

You can find out more about the McMurry Theatre Department, including viewing photos and video clips of past productions, as well as find information about McMurry University in general (admissions procedures, costs, degree options, course descriptions, etc.) at our university website, www.mcm.edu. You can also find of on Facebook by searching McMurry Department of Theatre.


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