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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Meet the Student Directors!!! MaKenna ArispeMakenna is a sophomore directing the show ’Where Have All the Lightning Bugs...
04/16/2021

Meet the Student Directors!!!

MaKenna Arispe

Makenna is a sophomore directing the show ’Where Have All the Lightning Bugs Gone?’
She’s excited for this opportunity to direct because she can branch out and be creative in a way that is completely new to her!

Makenna’s play performs April 29th. Admission is by donation.

Meet the Student Directors!!! Holly Bentea Holly is a Senior Theatre Major directing her very own ’The Work of a Moment’...
04/15/2021

Meet the Student Directors!!!

Holly Bentea

Holly is a Senior Theatre Major directing her very own ’The Work of a Moment’. She’s excited to direct and see her play come to life! She can’t wait to see what the McMurry theatre students will bring to her show with their own creative license.

Holly’s show performs April 29th! Admission is by donation.

*Audition information for The Miracle Worker.*Audition Dates: May 8th and 9th at 2pm in Ryan Little Theatre. Please brin...
04/09/2021

*Audition information for The Miracle Worker.*

Audition Dates: May 8th and 9th at 2pm in Ryan Little Theatre. Please bring a face covering. You do not have to attend both auditions days.

The role of Kate Keller will be played by Neena McLain, McMurry Theatre Faculty Member and 1991 McMurry Theatre Alumna. All other roles are available for auditions.

This production is directed by Ashleigh Goff, 2015 McMurry Theatre Alumna.

Please read the audition notice below for all the details about auditions. You do not have to be a McMurry student or faculty member to audition. Community actors are welcome and encouraged to audition.

If you have questions, please email Kerry Goff; Department Chair of Theatre at [email protected].

Auditions are coming soon for McMurry Summer Theatre productions! The Miracle Worker Auditions: May 8th & 9thCarousel Au...
04/08/2021

Auditions are coming soon for McMurry Summer Theatre productions!

The Miracle Worker Auditions: May 8th & 9th

Carousel Auditions: June 12th & 13th

Detailed information coming soon about audition requirements for each production.

Some roles have been pre-cast, but many amazing roles are open for auditions.

***The mission of the McMurry Summer Theatre Program is to provide high quality and inspiring theatrical presentations that features McMurry alumni, students, faculty, staff, and the community at large.***

04/07/2021
McMurry Department of Theatre's cover photo
04/07/2021

McMurry Department of Theatre's cover photo

04/07/2021
04/07/2021
McMurry University Summer Theatre Presents Love Letters By: A.R. Gurney Directed by: Bob Straus Dates: May 13th-16th, 20...
04/07/2021

McMurry University Summer Theatre Presents

Love Letters
By: A.R. Gurney
Directed by: Bob Straus

Dates: May 13th-16th, 2021
Curtain: Thursday-Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 2pm
Venue: Matthew’s Auditorium in Old Main
Tickets: General Admission; $12, Military and Senior; $10, McMurry Faculty/Staff/Students; $5

Starring Dr. Steve Faehnle and Susan King and directed by Bob Straus, this unique and imaginative theatre piece comprised of letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share confidences. As Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner read the letters aloud, what is created is an evocative, touching, frequently funny, but always telling pair of character studies in which what is implied is as revealing and meaningful as what is actually written down.

Tickets go on sale May 6th and can be purchased at the link below. Seating is limited due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/50826

To become a McMurry Theatre Patron, visit the link below for donation opportunities.

http://give.mcm.edu/projects/theatre.html

The mission of the McMurry Summer Theatre Program is to provide high quality and inspiring theatrical presentations that features McMurry alumni, students, faculty, staff, and the community at large.

In stage makeup we are working on face casts for prosthetic building.
04/07/2021

In stage makeup we are working on face casts for prosthetic building.

McMurry University Theatre Presents Broadway in Concert Produced by the Musical Theatre Practicum ClassDate: April 22nd,...
04/07/2021

McMurry University Theatre Presents

Broadway in Concert
Produced by the Musical Theatre Practicum Class

Date: April 22nd, 2021
Curtain: 7:30pm
Venue: Ryan Little Theatre
Tickets: Admission is by Donation

Come see your favorite McMurry Theatre Majors as they sing Broadway’s favorite musical numbers in an evening filled with song, dance, and entertainment! Enjoy hit songs from Chicago, Fiddler on the Roof, Annie, Hamilton, and much more!

Admission is by Donation.

A quote from one of the greatest American playwrights.
04/05/2021

A quote from one of the greatest American playwrights.

“Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.” — Tennessee Williams

#MondayMcMotivation

04/04/2021
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He is Risen Indeed!

He is Risen! Assistant Chaplain Julia Puac-Romero shares a special Easter message.

Make a joyful noise!
03/29/2021

Make a joyful noise!

“Those who wish to sing always find a song.”
- Swedish Proverb

#mondaymcmotivation

03/28/2021
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Want to learn about our TOP 5 things about being a theatre major?! Well... here you go!!!

Happy World Theatre Day!

Freshman Tabita Wilson and Junior Victoria Picón are here to tell you some fun facts about McMurry Department of Theatre!

McMurry Theatre is gearing up for our Student-Directed One Acts, our final installment of the season, and we need your h...
03/28/2021

McMurry Theatre is gearing up for our Student-Directed One Acts, our final installment of the season, and we need your help! On March 31st and April 1st, we’re holding open auditions for ten one act plays, all hand-picked by our Directing class, in the Ryan Little Theatre. We need actors! Anyone is welcome to audition, whether you’re a part of McMurry University or not; we’ve picked the monologues, and while memorization is recommended, it’s not required. Below we’ve included the four monologues, two comedic and two dramatic. We’ve catergorized them by male and female, but you’re welcome to do either of the pieces, so long as you have one dramatic and one comedic monologue prepared. Also attached is the audition form; please fill this out and have it with you when you come to audition. Finally, we’ve also attached the sign-up sheet below; please put your full name and your email address in the desired time slot. We can’t wait to see you there!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1B2S-6Iu_32VgrrMiB9jRmCKvfXnQa6eqyxRKLW0WC-I/edit

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-uct1BuqHEfGxicy7CMQsreOK3EQakcE8eFJFQQPBtI/edit

https://docs.google.com/file/d/1_Npg0DKU2u09aobNyX5YZ6RAe4lAgZJA/edit?usp=docslist_api&filetype=msword

Our next and final production for the 2020/2021 season is our Student Directed One Act Plays. The Directing 1 Class prod...
03/28/2021

Our next and final production for the 2020/2021 season is our Student Directed One Act Plays.

The Directing 1 Class produces 12 one act plays in 2 nights in Ryan Little Theatre. Each student has selected their own one act play, cast the show, and executed their play.

These one acts run April 29th and 30th in Ryan Little Theatre. Curtain is at 7pm both nights.

Admission to this production is free to everyone.

It’s world theatre! We are so thankful to still be producing productions that enrich our lives, inspire our campus, educ...
03/27/2021

It’s world theatre! We are so thankful to still be producing productions that enrich our lives, inspire our campus, educate our students, and entertain our community. Thank you to everyone for supporting live theatre in Abilene!!!

A few production photos of the Student Written Play, The Dove.
03/26/2021

A few production photos of the Student Written Play, The Dove.

Meet our Student Playwright for The Dove!Victoria Picón is a Junior Theatre and English Major at McMurry. She loves to w...
03/26/2021

Meet our Student Playwright for The Dove!

Victoria Picón is a Junior Theatre and English Major at McMurry. She loves to write and is one of the writers for the McMurry Warhawk Herald on campus. Victoria’s Hispanic heritage was the inspiration for her beautiful play titled, The Dove.

Come see the final performance tonight in Ryan Little Theatre at 7:30pm. Tickets are only $5 and can be purchased at the link below.

https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/49507

We want to recognize our two McMurry Theatre Alumni’s, Doug Jeter and Trace Michaels are in the cast of Uneaten Candy. W...
03/25/2021

We want to recognize our two McMurry Theatre Alumni’s, Doug Jeter and Trace Michaels are in the cast of Uneaten Candy. We love showcasing our talented alumni on stage!

Few shots from Inside the Box, by Jared Hainsel.
03/25/2021

Few shots from Inside the Box, by Jared Hainsel.

Meet the playwright of Inside the Box! Jared Hainsel is a Sophmore Theatre Major from Lubbock, Texas. Jared is very acti...
03/25/2021

Meet the playwright of Inside the Box!

Jared Hainsel is a Sophmore Theatre Major from Lubbock, Texas. Jared is very active in the McMurry Theatre performing in many roles. He is also a member of the Makona Social Club. Jared drew on his experiences in high school to write Inside the Box.

Come see Inside the Box and other Student Written Plays tonight and Friday at 7:30pm in the Ryan Little Theatre. Tickets are only $5 and can be purchased at the link below.

https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/49507

A few rehearsal shots from Uneaten Candy, one of the Student Written One Act Plays. For tickets to our 3 Student Written...
03/24/2021

A few rehearsal shots from Uneaten Candy, one of the Student Written One Act Plays.

For tickets to our 3 Student Written One Act Plays, visit the link below for tickets. Tickets are only $5. Shows run March 25th and 26th in Ryan Little Theatre.

https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/49507

Meet the Playwright of Uneaten Candy, one of our Student Written One Act Plays. William Watson is a senior English major...
03/24/2021

Meet the Playwright of Uneaten Candy, one of our Student Written One Act Plays.

William Watson is a senior English major at McMurry University. William is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps having served from 2006 to 2018. William drew upon his experiences serving his country to write Uneaten Candy. We are thankful for his service and story, and honored to produce his play.

Come see Uneaten Candy Thursday and Friday at 7:30pm in Ryan Little Theatre. Tickets are only $5 and can be purchased at the link below.

https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/49507

Meet our McMurry Alumni and Director of Inside the Box! Ashleigh Goff is a McMurry Theatre Alumni. She is the theatre in...
03/23/2021

Meet our McMurry Alumni and Director of Inside the Box!

Ashleigh Goff is a McMurry Theatre Alumni. She is the theatre instructor at Abilene Performing Arts Company. Ashleigh was the founder of Freddyburg Youth Theater in Fredericksburg, Texas; a theatre for youth program that produced plays, musicals, and offered many theatre classes. Ashleigh is married to Kerry Goff, Department Chair of Theatre. Together they have two children and love working together in the theatre.

Come see the Student Written One Acts in Ryan Little Theatre this Thursday and Friday at 7:30pm. Tickets are only $5. Click the link to get your tickets!

https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/49507

Meet our Student Costume Designer for one our Original Student Written One Act Plays! Elmer Mejia is designing and build...
03/22/2021

Meet our Student Costume Designer for one our Original Student Written One Act Plays!

Elmer Mejia is designing and building all the costumes for The Dove, an student written play by Victoria Picón. Elmer is building over 7 costumes from the ground up.

Come see Elmer’s work in The Dove along with 2 other student written plays this Thursday and Friday at 7:30pm in the Ryan Little Theatre. Tickets are only $5 and can be purchased at the link below.

https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/49507

***Student Written One Act Plays***Original plays written by McMurry students, performed by McMurry students and alumni....
03/20/2021

***Student Written One Act Plays***

Original plays written by McMurry students, performed by McMurry students and alumni.

Uneaten Candy, by William Watson

Inside the Box, by Jared Hainsel

The Dove, by Victoria Picón

Performing March 25th and 26th in Ryan Little Theatre. Curtain rises at 7:30pm.

Tickets are only $5 and can be purchased at https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/49507

Special Note: Plays contain some adult language and situations. Uneaten Candy and Inside the Box not recommend for children.

Tickets are now on sale for our Student Written One Act Plays, running March 25th and 26th in Ryan Little Theatre. Curta...
03/18/2021

Tickets are now on sale for our Student Written One Act Plays, running March 25th and 26th in Ryan Little Theatre. Curtain is at 7:30pm both nights. Tickets are only $5!

Click the link below for tickets.

https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/49507

Our very own Theatre Major, Madi Melbourne is performing in the Paramount Theatre’s Cabaret Under the Stars fundraiser.
03/17/2021

Our very own Theatre Major, Madi Melbourne is performing in the Paramount Theatre’s Cabaret Under the Stars fundraiser.

The first of four SOLD OUT performances is Friday. Thank you to our magnificent performers!!!

03/16/2021
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McMurry University

Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre, Neena McLain '91, provides insight into how live theatre teaches students the invaluable skill of adapting to change. Listen as she tells you why she gives to the McMurry Fund.

You can make your gift at join.mcm.edu/givingday

#McMGives

We are so excited to offer three summer theatre productions for the 2021/2022 McMurry University Theatre Season. Love Le...
03/16/2021

We are so excited to offer three summer theatre productions for the 2021/2022 McMurry University Theatre Season.

Love Letters, The Miracle Worker, Carousel

We need your help! Become a McMurry Theatre Patron and be a part of the magic of theatre. Become a McMurry Theatre Donor by clicking the link;

https://give.mcm.edu/projects/theatre.html

The mission of the McMurry Summer Theatre Program is to provide high quality and inspiring theatrical presentations that features McMurry alumni, students, faculty, staff, and the community at large.

Story Time!
03/13/2021

Story Time!

Become a McMurry Theatre Patron by contributing to the 2021/2022 theatre season. A donation to our theatre program is an...
03/12/2021

Become a McMurry Theatre Patron by contributing to the 2021/2022 theatre season. A donation to our theatre program is an investment in the arts for Abilene and the Big Country.

Click the link below for more details on how to donate online!

http://give.mcm.edu/projects/theatre.html

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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.

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