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Noonkester School of Arts and Letters

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 11:46am
Carey Dinner Theatre, Mississippi’s unique dinner theatre, will celebrate its 42nd season with two musicals in June and July on William Carey University’s Hattiesburg campus.
 
The first show is “Country Is: The Music of Main Street,” a musical revue conceived by Rick Seeber. “Country Is,” which runs June 15 through July 1, rediscovers the timeless classics of Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, and others. This down-home country showcase includes “On the Road Again,” “Nine to Five,” “Crazy,” “Amarillo By Morning,” “Thank God I’m a Country Boy,” “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” and “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” to name just a few. “Country Is” features the heartbeat of American country songs which defined hard-working, hard-playing people.
 
The second show is “8-Track, The Sounds of the 70s,” a revue which features the best of pop and easy listening music from the 1970s. “8-Track” runs July 11 through 22. Also conceived by Rick Seeber, “8-Track” features the music of the Carpenters, The Doobie Brothers, the Bee Gees, Barry Manilow, Marvin Gaye, KC and the Sunshine Band, and many more. The audience will enjoy the thumping rhythms and stunning harmonies that were the best of seventies music. Audiences will be swaying in their seats to such favorites as “Everything is Beautiful,” “American Pie,” “Takin’ It to the Streets,” “Tie a Yellow Ribbon,” “Don’t Cry Out Loud,” “Desperado,” and “Shake, Shake, Shake.” 
 
Dinner is served at 7 p.m. in the Joe and Virginia Tatum Theatre and the performance follows. The admission price of $30 includes a buffet meal, the show and sales tax. The box office is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, beginning June 5. Call (601) 318-6221 to make reservations or to be added to the mailing list.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 1:44pm
Five William Carey University theatre students were honored at the 2017 Theatre Awards Dinner. This annual event recognizes the contributions and talents of theatre majors and students of other majors who participate in theatre throughout the academic year.
 
Nadia Trinanes of Hattiesburg was named Most Valuable Player. This is the theatre’s most prestigious award and is voted on by the students. She also received the R. E. Cromis Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to a theatre major in memory of the husband of Mrs. Wilda Cromis of Pontiac, Michigan.
 
Treya Brown of Hattiesburg received an Acting Achievement Award for her work in the WCU production of “Raisin in the Sun.” 
 
Johonna Bush of Foxworth received the Theatre Service and Appreciation Award. This new award is given to a theatre major who goes above and beyond in service to the theatre program.
 
Chase Giadrosich of Picayune received the Shannon T. Robert Theatre Scholarship. This scholarship was established in 2007 by WCU alumnus John Clearman in honor of Robert’s exemplary service to WCU and its students as a member of the theatre department faculty.
 
Branden Lindsay of Simpsonville, South Carolina, was awarded the O. L. Quave Theatre Scholarship, which is an award funded by John Clearman, a WCU alumnus, in honor of Quave, who is professor emeritus; and the Obra L. Quave Legacy of Learning Scholarship, which honors faculty of Carey for their years of service with a Learning Legacy Dinner. Proceeds from the dinner fund the scholarship. He also won an Acting Achievement Award, which is voted on by a secret panel of persons outside the theatre who have attended every major production by WCU Theatre throughout the year.
 
 
 
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 4:59pm
William Carey University inducted 11 students into the Alpha Gamma Gamma chapter of Sigma Tau Delta English honor society during a ceremony on April 12 in the Student Conference Center. The inductees are Raechel Abney of Diamondhead, Ticochie Groves of Magee, Sara Jolley of Hattiesburg, Abby Magee of Columbia, Cody Patrick of Laurel, Joshua Caleb Pitts of Ellisville, Ian Pittman of Columbia, McKenzie Rigney of Picayune, Olivia Russell of McComb, Liberty Sites of Crestview, Florida, and Kayla Wagner of Leakesville.
 
Admission to the chapter is open to undergraduate and graduate students with an overall “B” average in English courses and ranking in the highest 35 percent of the student’s class in general scholarship. The honor society was founded in 1924 as “an order designed to promote the mastery of written expression, encourage worthwhile reading and foster a spirt of fellowship among those specializing in the English language and literature.”
 
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 2:27pm
The William Carey University Art Department will present the Senior Show and Student Show April 20-26 at the Hattiesburg Cultural Center, located at 723 Main Street in downtown Hattiesburg. An opening reception for the exhibit will be held Thursday, April 20 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Seniors exhibiting are Donnia Adams, Rachel Hinton, Cara Larsen, and Laken Britt. 
 
Friday, March 10, 2017 - 10:55am

Carey Dinner Theatre (CDT) will continue in the summer of 2017 despite the fact that the Tatum Theatre was heavily damaged and its support facilities totally destroyed in a tornado on Jan. 21.

 

The first step in continuing its rich tradition is the selection of performers and other personnel. Auditions for cast and interviews for crew for CDT’s 42nd season are Saturday, April 8 beginning at 10 a.m. in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, Room 112, on the Hattiesburg campus of William Carey University.

 

CDT presents two musicals in June and July. Each member of the company, both performers and staff, is paid. The financial package includes salary, tips (company members serve during dinner), and housing.

 

Those auditioning as performers will present a one-minute monolog from a modern prose play (no dialect), a one-minute vocal selection from a Broadway musical, and will participate in a dance audition. An accompanist will be available, but will not transpose. Taped accompaniment may be used. Each person who auditions should bring comfortable clothes for the dance audition.

 

Audition requirements for pianists include a prepared two-minute selection from a Broadway musical. Sight reading will be required.

 

Interviews will be held for technicians, costume assistants and house-box office personnel. Each person will complete an application and an interview with CDT staff. Portfolios are encouraged. Performers may also apply for staff positions.

 

Each applicant should bring a head shot to the audition/interview. For more information call 601-318-6218 or email cdt@wmcarey.edu. The company commitment is May 29 through July 24. Contracts are offered only to those who have graduated from high school by May 29, 2017.

 

Carey Dinner Theatre began in 1975 and has a long tradition of excellence. More than 60 colleges and universities, in addition to William Carey University, have been represented by students in the company.