School Department News

Noonkester School of Arts and Letters

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 8:35am
The William Carey University Theatre will present John Cariani’s romantic comedy “Almost, Maine” at 7:30 p.m. from April 9-11 and at 2 p.m. on April 11 in the Joe and Virginia Tatum Theatre on the Hattiesburg campus.
The play is a series of 11 vignettes that explore love and loss in the remote and mythical town of “Almost, Maine.” Carey students performing multiple roles include Taylor Abbott of Picayune; Billy Burkes of Meridian; Nicoli Hutchison of Picayune; Logan McCarty of Hattiesburg; Miranda Rester of Oak Grove; Joey Roderick of Blue Ridge, Ga.; Rebekah Romack of Poplarville; Liberty Sites of Crestview, Fla.; Nadia Trinanes of Hattiesburg; and Ashlyn Watts of Picayune.
The production is directed by Tim Matheny, chair of the Department of Theatre and Communication. Dewey Douglas of the theatre faculty is mentor for student designers. Scenic designer is Billy Burkes. Costume, makeup and hair designer is Ashlyn Watts. Jana Barkley of Picayune is lighting designer and the sound designer is Joey Roderick. Properties designer is Rebekah Romack.  
Carey faculty, staff and students are admitted free of charge. 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 from 1 until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning April 6.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 8:29am
The William Carey University Department of Art hosted the sixth annual High School Art Scholarship Competition on February 28 at the Lucile Parker Gallery on the Hattiesburg campus.
Students from area home schools and four local high schools, including West Jones, South Jones, Sacred Heart and Perry Central, participated in the competition, which awarded a $250 cash award known as the President’s Purchase Award and four scholarships to Carey ranging in amounts from $500 to $2,000.
Jessica Wade, a 10th-grader at West Jones, won the President’s Purchase Award for her work “Un-employed.” Lauren Jones, a 10th-grader at South Jones, won best in show for “Autumn Life” while Keegan Strickland, also a 10th-grader at South Jones, won first place for “The Night-Stacked Days.” Virginia Hosey, a 10th-grader at West Jones, won second place for “Broken Bottles” and Brandon Olmi, a 10th-grader at Sacred Heart, won third place for “Green Forest.”
Winning honorable mentions at the competition were Ciara Fountain, a 12th-grade homeschooler, for “Ye Olde Barn”; Stephanie Hill, a 12th-grader at Perry Central, for “Untitled #2”; and Laurel Jones, an 11th-grader at West Jones, for “Free-Flowing Lady.”
Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 1:20pm
Representatives from the William Carey University Department of Language and Literature attended the annual meeting of the Mississippi Philological Association from January 23-24 at Mississippi State University.
Dr. Allison Chestnut, professor of language and literature, presented her essay titled “Looking for the Lost Boys: Changes in the World Literature Canon” and shared her creative poetry. Dr. Lorie Watkins, associate professor of language and literature, read an essay, “Around the State in Thirty Days: In Defense of the Scholarly Literary Pilgrimage,” chronicling her and Dr. Chestnut’s experiences teaching courses containing components of literary tourism.
Joining the professors in presentations were three Carey alumni. Susan Hammond, an instructor at Hinds Community College, read “David Wilson: Puddn’head” and “Doing the Right Thing Can Get a Man Killed, Threatened or Ten Years in Prison.” Deanna Roberts, an instructor at Meridian Community College, presented “Bringing Spoken Word Poetry into the Classroom,” and Ahrend Torrey, a graduate student pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree at Wilkes University, read original poetry from his recent chapbook, “On This Side of Things.”
Joseph Goss, a junior English major from Picayune, also presented an essay at the meeting titled “Reconciling Africa through White and Black Heritage.”
In addition to presenting at the meeting, Dr. Watkins also edits the philological association’s academic journal, POMPA. The journal publishes select conference papers each year.
Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 9:10am
The William Carey University Theatre will present “A Lesson Before Dying,” a studio production by Ernest J. Gaines honoring African-American History Month, from February 26-28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Joe and Virginia Tatum Theatre on the Hattiesburg campus.
The play tells the story of Jefferson (Jawoine Hawkins of Grand Prairie, Texas), an innocent young man, condemned to death in Louisiana in 1948. He is held prisoner by Sheriff Guidry (Billy Burkes of Meridian) and Deputy Bonin (Joey Roderick of Blue Ridge, Ga.). At the trial, his lawyer, trying to avoid the death penalty, calls him no more a human being than a hog. Jefferson, distraught by the statement, begins to let go of his humanity and acts like one. He insists that he will have to be dragged like a hog to his death in the electric chair. His godmother Emma (Symone Holmes of Denver, Colo.) asks the schoolteacher, Grant Wiggins (Brandan Lindsay of Simpsonville, S.C.) to teach him how to die like a man. Mr. Wiggins, who is struggling with his commitment to his poor parish school, longs to leave the South. He is forced to face both Jefferson and himself as execution day arrives. Grant’s girlfriend Vivian (Tia Brown of Hattiesburg) and the Rev. Ambrose (Reggie Chapman of Hattiesburg) contribute to the conflict. Based off of the celebrated novel by the same name, “A Lesson Before Dying” is a gripping, moving and finally devastating play.
Tim Matheny, chair of the Carey theatre and communication department, is director. Jana Barkley of Picyaune is lighting designer and Joey Roderick is sound designer. Jaylen Eashmond of Hattiesburg is rehearsal assistant. 
Hawkins, Holmes, Lindsay, Brown, Chapman and Eashmond are members of the Carey speech and debate team, currently ranked second nationally according to Pi Kappa Delta Forensics Honorary 2014-2015. 
Tickets are $5 and can be reserved by calling (601) 318-6221 beginning Monday, Feb. 23. The box office is open from 1 until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 9:07am
Auditions for cast and interviews for crew positions for the 40th season of William Carey University’s Carey Dinner Theatre (CDT) will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 21 in the Joe and Virginia Tatum Theatre on the Hattiesburg campus.
CDT presents two musicals in June and July. Each member of the company is paid. The financial package includes salary, tips from serving during dinner and housing.
Those auditioning as performers will present a one-minute monologue 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, box office managers and office assistants. Each person will complete an application and an interview with CDT staff. Portfolios are invited. Performers may also apply for staff positions.
Each applicant should bring a head shot to the audition/interview. Contracts are offered only to those who have graduated from high school by May 25, 2015. The company commitment is May 25 through July 20.
For more information, call (601) 318-6218 or email
Carey Dinner Theatre, founded in 1975, has a long tradition of excellence. In its history, more than 60 colleges and universities in addition to Carey have been represented by students in the company.