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WTAMU Theatre Production Selected for Regional College Theatre Festival

Feb. 14, 2017

CONTACT:    Andrew Lewis, 806-651-2812, alewis@wtamu.edu      

WTAMU Theatre Production Selected for Regional College Theatre Festival

Performance planned Feb. 26 at the BIT


CANYON, Texas—West Texas A&M University’s theatre production of Brooklyn: the musical, has been invited to perform at the Region VI Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) in March at Angelo State University. The production was staged at WTAMU in the fall and is one of only six shows invited to the festival.

KACACTF is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide and has served as a catalyst for improving the quality of college-theater in the United States. The KCACTF has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions across the country, where theater departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by KCACTF respondents. KCACTF Region VI consists of six states: Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

This invitation to the festival marks the fifth WTAMU theatre production to be selected for performance at KCACTF. Previous productions were selected in 1997, 2005, 2009 and 2013. After the performance at the Region VI festival in March, the production will be considered for KCACTF National Awards in Washington, D.C.

During the production’s original run in the fall, six students were awarded Meritorious Achievement Awards for their technical work on the show: Kayla Specht—costume design, Bella Barnett—props design, Spencer Hellyer—lighting design, Mary Wadlington—sound design, Caroline Meador—stage management, and Callie Gerdes—hair and makeup. Three students also were nominated for the Irene Ryan Scholarship Acting Competition: Caleb Summers, Laurel Smalley and Caleb Aguilar.

In preparation for the festival performance, Brooklyn: the musical will have one additional showing at WTAMU. This fund-raising performance is planned for 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 in the Branding Iron Theatre. Tickets are priced $16 for adults and $12 for senior citizens and non-WTAMU students with ID and can be purchased from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday by calling the WTAMU Theatre Box Office at 806-651-2804, visiting wtamu.edu/theatre or by emailing the Box Office at artsboxoffice@wtamu.edu. WTAMU students can receive one free student rush ticket at the box office beginning at 1:30 p.m. the day of the performance.

With book, music and lyrics by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson, Brooklyn: the musical first appeared on Broadway in 2004. WTAMU theatre is thrilled to present this 90-minute musical again to the WTAMU community and to KCACTF Region VI. Brooklyn: the musical, directed by Andrew Barratt Lewis and choreographed by Crystal Bertrand, uses rhythm and blues to tell a heartwarming story of Brooklyn, a girl in search of her father and so much more.

Audiences will be mesmerized as they are transported to a street corner in Brooklyn, New York where a group of street performers, known as the City Weeds (Madeleine Hale, Caleb Summers, Maddie Todd, Laurel Smalley, Caleb Aguilar, Macy Watts, ZZ Wright, Treston Johnson and Zach Perrin) perform their play. Their sidewalk fairy tale follows the life of Brooklyn (Madeleine Hale), a young Parisian singer who travels to America in search of her father. After her mother’s death, Brooklyn is an orphan left in the care of the Sister’s of Charity. It is there that she discovers her voice. She quickly becomes famous and is performing at top venues such as Carnegie Hall. Brooklyn uses her fame to try and find the one thing she is missing, her father. The only clue Brooklyn has is his hometown, the place for which she was named—Brooklyn. Audiences will be thrilled to watch young Brooklyn grow up as she unearths her past, lives in her present and explores the line between truth and fairy tale.


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