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Theatre and Communication

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 2:55pm

The William Carey University Theatre will present the award winning Lorraine Hansberry play “A Raisin in the Sun” October 6-8 at 7:30 p.m. and October 9 at 2 p.m. in the Joe & Virginia Tatum Theatre on the Hattiesburg campus.

 

“A Raisin in the Sun” tells the story of a black family living in a Chicago neighborhood who have received an insurance settlement that could change their lives for the better. Hansberry received the New York Drama Critics Circle award for best play in 1959. Her play has become a part of the American literary canon and is often mentioned when speaking about contemporary African American writers.

 

Living in a poverty stricken neighborhood in Chicago, the Youngers, Walter and Ruth, live with their child Travis, Walter’s mother Lena, and sister Beneatha. Financial difficulties strain their relationship, and Walter hopes to fix the strain by investing in a local store with friend Bobo. The family receives a small inheritance and Mr. Younger uses the bulk of the money to become a businessman, but Mrs. Younger takes some of the money to buy them a new and better home in a white neighborhood. A white resident, Karl, tries to buy the Youngers out of their dream home, which only leads to tension in the family. Adding to the tension are two of Beneatha’s friends, the wealthy George and Nigerian Joseph Asagai, who both vie for her hand in marriage. The Youngers must decide as a family their fate as an uncertain future looms.

 

The cast includes Branden Lindsay of Greenville, South Carolina (Walter), Zhariah Hubbard of Hattiesburg (Ruth), Andric S. Knott of Hattiesburg (Travis), Treya Brown of Hattiesburg (Lena), Kelseigh Redmon of Murfreesboro, Tennessee (Beneatha), Damien Williams of Chunchula, Alabama (Bobo), Taylor Abbott of Picayune (Karl), Deshawn Weston of Desoto, Texas (George), Michael Jones of Denver, Colorado (Joseph Asagai), Nicoli Hutchison of Picayune and Nathan Wilkins of McComb (moving men). 

 

The scenic designer is visiting artist Connie Smith, director of technical theatre at Chipola College in Alabama. The costume designer is Johonna Bush of Foxworth, and the lighting designer is Amanda Campbell of Carriere. The sound designer is Dalton Stanford of Hattiesburg, makeup and hair designer is Nadia Triñanes of Hattiesburg, and Bryce Moore of Gulfport is properties director. The director is Keone Fuqua, chair of the department of theatre and communication. Stage manager is Chace Giadrosich of Beaumont.  

 

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for military and senior citizens, and $5 for students. Reservations can be made by calling 601-318-6221. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. beginning October 3.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - 10:51am

Carey Dinner Theatre presents its second show of the season, “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” a musical created by Roger Bean featuring more than 30 songs from the fifties and sixties. Meet Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy and Suzy in crinoline skirts at the 1958 high school prom and then again 10 years later at their school reunion. This trip down memory lane includes such songs as “Mr. Sandman,” “All I Have To Do Is Dream,” “You Don’t Own Me,” “It’s My Party,” “Rescue Me,” and “Respect.” The show will run Tuesday – Saturday, July 12 through 23 at the Joe and Virginia Tatum Theatre on the William Carey University campus in Hattiesburg. Dinner is at 7 p.m. with the show following. 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. Call 601-318-6221 to make reservations or to be added to the mailing list. 

Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 2:56pm
Carey Dinner Theatre, the 2016 winner of the Pine Belt Public Image Award for bringing quality family entertainment to the Pine Belt, will celebrate its 41st season with two musicals in June and July at the Joe and Virginia Tatum Theatre on the Hattiesburg campus of William Carey University.
 
The first show is “Church Basement Ladies: A Second Helping,” the sequel to last year’s comedy hit “Church Basement Ladies,” a musical by Jim Stowell and Jessica Zuehlke with music and lyrics by Drew Jansen. The story takes place in the heart and soul of the church, the basement kitchen, where several ladies cook meals and perform other tasks for the congregation. The show runs June 16 through July 2.
 
The second show is “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” a musical featuring more than 30 songs from the 50s and 60s. We meet Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy and Suzy in crinoline skirts at the 1958 high school prom and then again 10 years later at their school reunion. This trip down memory lane includes such songs as “Mr. Sandman,” “All I Have To Do Is Dream,” “You Don’t Own Me,” “It’s My Party,” “Rescue Me,” and “Respect.” The show runs July 12 through 23.
 
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. Call 601-318-6221 to make reservations or to be added to the mailing list. The box office opens to the public Monday, June 6.
 
 
Friday, May 20, 2016 - 2:29pm
Thirteen William Carey University theatre students were honored at the 2016 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 an Acting Achievement Award, a Technical Excellence Award, and 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.
 
Additional Acting Achievement Awards were presented to Branden Lindsay of Simpsonville, South Carolina; Liberty Sites of Crestview, Florida; and Damien Williams of Chunchula, Alabama. Acting Awards are voted on by a secret panel of persons outside the theatre who have attended every major production by WCU Theatre throughout the year. Lindsay also received the O. L. Quave Theatre Scholarship. This fund was established in 2001 on the occasion of “Echoes for Excellence,” a tribute to Quave and his years of service to WCU. Williams received the Mark Wilkinson Scholarship. Friends of the late Mark Wilkinson, a theatre graduate of WCU, established this annual scholarship for a theatre major.
 
Taylor Abbott and Nicoli Hutchison, both of Picayune received the Bob Crumpton Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship was established by Allison Chestnut in memory of a civic and denominational leader of Pensacola, Florida, and is given to a theatre major.
 
Treya Brown of Hattiesburg received the Obra Quave Legacy of Learning Scholarship. This scholarship honors faculty of Carey for their years of service with a Learning Legacy Dinner. Proceeds from the dinner fund the scholarship. 
 
Johonna Bush of Foxworth was awarded the Norma Sullivan Memorial Scholarship, named in honor of the 1921 Mississippi Women’s College graduate and faithful patron of Carey music and theatre.
 
Amanda Campbell of Picayune received the Joyce Quave Roberts Memorial Scholarship, which honors the memory of the sister of professor emeritus Obra L. Quave who served as chair of the theatre and communication department for more than 40 years. She also received a Technical Excellence Award. 
 
Devon Griggs of Picayune 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, Mich.
Ben Salters of Ocean Springs received the William Shakespeare Award. This award is given by Dr. Allison Chestnut to a theatre major in recognition of their scholarship in theatre and to honor the English playwright. 
 
Deshawn Weston of Desoto, Texas, was awarded the Obra L. Quave Scholarship. This fund was established in 2001 on the occasion of “Echoes for Excellence,” a tribute to Quave and his years of service to WCU.
 
Victoria Wetter of Forsythe, Missouri, 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. 
 
Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 3:08pm
Auditions and interviews for cast and crew positions for the 41st season of Carey Dinner Theatre will be held beginning at 10 a.m. on March 12 in the Joe and Virginia Tatum Theatre on the Hattiesburg campus of William Carey University.
 
The dinner theatre, which was founded in 1975, presents two musicals in June and July. In its history, more than 60 colleges and universities have been represented by students in the company. Company members, including performers and staff members, are paid. The financial package includes a salary, tips (company members serve during dinner), and housing.
 
Those auditioning as performers will present a one-minute monologue from a modern prose play (no dialect) and a one-minute vocal selection from a Broadway musical. Those auditioning will also 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, house/box office managers and office assistants. Each person will complete an application and an interview with dinner theatre staff. Portfolios are encouraged. Performers may also apply for staff positions.
            
Each applicant should bring a headshot to the audition or interview. Contracts are offered only to those who have graduated from high school by May 30, 2016. The company commitment is May 30 through July 25.
 
For more information, call (601) 318-6218 or email cdt@wmcarey.edu.