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UCM Department of Theatre and Dance Testimonial
UCM Department of Theatre and Dance Testimonial
UCM Department of Theatre and Dance Testimonial
UCM Department of Theatre and Dance Testimonial
UCM Department of Theatre and Dance Testimonial


The Stage Door, Fall 2005

  The Stage Door  The Stage Door Newsletter - Fall 2005
Escape From Central Park Zoo
Over the River and through the Woods
Dr. Richard Herman Receives Outstanding Educator Award
New Faculty and Staff
Student Advisory Council
New Faculty Position for 2006-2007
Central Missouri Repertory - Celebrates 25th Season in 2006
Spotlight on Area Productions
From the Greenroom
Baby Wave!
The Stage Door Archives

Escape From Central Park Zoo

Escape from Central Park Zoo, By Nikki Harmon.World Premiere

Escape From Central Park Zoo is , by Nikki Harmon, is the 2005 winner of Central's Theatre for Young Audiences National Playwriting Competition.  This production will be produced as part of the Performing Arts Series.  Performances will be at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 3;  at 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and at Nov. 4  and at 10 a.m. Nov. 5  in Hendricks Hall. 

The Escape ...

Can you imagine a polar bear on the streets of New York City?  A parrot flying through the subway?  A gray monkey swinging through the trees of Central Park? Journey with Ozzie, Budi and Semta as they attempt to determine where the best home for each of them might be.  The production, directed by Dr. Julie Pratt, features student designers Mark Hambrecht and Pamela Long in scenic and properties design, Jessica Barker in costuming, Andrew Robeson as lighting designer, Emily Irwin as makeup designer and Eric Wetzell and Chris Taylor are sound designers. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Performing Arts Series Box Office at 543-8607.

Over the River and through the Woods

Over the River and Through the Woods, by Joe DiPietroJoe DiPietro’s hilarious comedy Over the River and Through the Woods will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6-10  in the Highlander Theatre.  Directed by John Wilson with scenic design by Jeff Peltz, costume design by Rusty Terwelp and lighting by Daniel Parks, the action of the play focuses on Nick Cristano, an Italian-American from New Jersey who has been eating dinner with his grandparents every Sunday for 29 years.  When he announces his intentions to move out of state, thus threatening his weekly tradition, the grandparents do their best to convince Nick to stay and go so far as to invoke the three “f’s”: family, faith and food.  This heart-warming comedy will have you laughing every step of the way. 

Ticket Information

Tickets will be available to Season Subscribers on Monday, Nov. 28 and to the general public on Wednesday, Nov. 30.  Admission is $10 for the general public, $8 for UCM faculty, staff and senior citizens, and $6 for students.  Call the Box Office at 660-543-8811 to make your reservations.  All seats are reserved.  No children under 5 years of age will be admitted.

Dr. Richard Herman Receives Outstanding Educator Award
Dr. Richard Herman, Dept. Chair and Professor of Theatre

Dr. Richard Herman
Dept. Chair and
Professor of Theatre

Dr. Richard Herman, department chair and professor of theatre, recently received the Wayne Brown Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award at the annual conference of the Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri Sept. 23-24 at the Lake of the Ozarks.  The award is presented annually for excellence in teaching and inspired leadership. 

Herman at UCM

Herman has been a member of the UCM Department of Theatre faculty for 18 years, serving as department chair for the past four years.  During that time he has been instrumental in securing a permanent performance space for the BlackBox Theatre and purchasing new seating and new rigging for the Highlander Theatre.  Under Herman's leadership, the department received more than 30 awards at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region V in St. Louis in January 2005.  Herman's leadership has also been reflected in the largest freshman and transfer enrollment in the history of the department.


Herman received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre degree from Marymount College of Kansas, a Master of Arts in Theatre from UCM and a Ph.D. in theatre from Texas Tech University.  Herman began his teaching career at Kinsley High School in Kinsley, Kansas in 1976.  He taught at Jefferson City High School in Jefferson City, MO from 1978-79 then served as assistant professor of theatre at Marymount College of Kansas from 1979-1983.  From 1985-1987, Herman served as assistant professor of theatre at Millikin University, Decatur, IL. Herman has been a member of STAM for the past 20 years.  He has served on the Board of Governors and this fall was elected to the position of vice-president elect. 

New Faculty and Staff

The department would like to welcome six new members to our department for 2005-2006.  Jennifer Green is our new shop assistant.  Jenny is a 2004 BFA graduate from UCM.  As an undergraduate, Jenny was president of Theta Alpha Phi and was active both backstage and onstage.  This fall, Jenny served as costume designer for Macbeth. 

Our new graduate teaching assistants are Nicole Duffey and Kevin Stidham.  Nicole has a BA in Theatre Performance from Georgia State University and has already appeared in our Studio Theatre production of  Photographs from S-21.  Kevin holds a BSE degree in theatre from Southwest Baptist University and has taught at North Callaway High School.  Kevin will be performing in Escape from Central Park Zoo. 

B.J. Gailey is serving as our graduate shop assistant. He holds a BA in theatre from Truman State University.  B.J. will be performing in Over the River and Through the Woods.  Shannon Johnson is serving as an adjunct professor this fall semester teaching Oral Interpretation and Public Speaking.  Shannon holds both a BFA and an MA in theatre from UCM.  Deana Farris-Peltz is teaching Costume Technology and managing the costume shop.

Student Advisory Council

The 2005-2006 Student Advisory Council consists of nine students who represent the four department degree programs, a new freshman, and representatives from Theta Alpha Phi, UCM Players, the Black Box and the S.H.I.P. Peer Mentor.  The membership includes Jaclyn Jensen, Tiana Starke, Gregory Chafin, Nicole Duffey, Jennifer Fugate, Jason Eaken, Ryan Fortney, Tim Rothwell, and Staci Hinshaw.  This semester the council has started a weekly student newsletter called The Cue Sheet, held a major/minors meeting and hosted a freshman picnic.

New Faculty Position for 2006-2007

The Department of Theatre will add an additional faculty member in the design area next year.  We are searching for a scenic designer/technical director with a secondary emphasis in costume design.  This person will join our current design faculty Jeff Peltz and Rae Robison.  We are thrilled to have this new position as our department continues to grow.

Central Missouri Repertory - Celebrates 25th Season in 2006

CMR logoCentral Missouri Repertory will celebrate our 25th anniversary this coming summer.  Our season will include the musical The Music Man directed by Central alum Chuck Adamson, The Odd Couple directed by Dr. Julie Pratt and The Selfish Giant directed by Central alum Jill Szoo. John Wilson will serve as company manager, with Rae Robison as assistant company manager and Jeff Peltz as scenic designer. 

Join Us for 2006 

Auditions will be held Saturday Feb. 11, 2006.  We also plan to have a 25th anniversary reunion on the weekend of July 14-15, so mark your calendars now.  Further reunion details will come in the spring.

Macbeth at UCM

Macbeth  performed to sold out houses in Highlander Theatre
 Oct. 4-8.Pictured are Pamela Long as Lady Macbeth and Ryan Morehead as Macbeth.

Spotlight on Area Productions

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Belton High School
Romeo and Juliet, Nov. 10-13

Blue Springs High School
Rumors, Oct. 19-22

Blue Springs South High School
The Clumsy Custard Horror, Show Oct. 13-15

Clinton High School
Harvey, Dec. 14, 15, and 17th

Cole Camp High School
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Nov. 19-20

Lee's Summit High School
Anything Goes, Nov. 11, 12, 18, 19 & 20

Lee's Summit North High School
Evita, Nov. 11, 12, 13, 18, & 19

Lee's Summit West High School
The Man Who Came to Dinner, Nov. 11 & 12 and Nov. 18 & 19

Mexico High School
The Night of January 16th, Nov. 17-19

Nixa High School
The Music Man, Nov.14-19

Raytown High School
42nd Street, Nov. 17-19;

Raytown South High School
Hello Dolly!, Nov. 10-12

Raymore-Peculiar High School
Cyrano de Bergerac, Dec. 8-11

Student Directed One-Acts
Dec. 6

Warrensburg High School
Our Town, Nov. 17-18

From the Greenroom

Our alumni continue to lead busy and exciting lives.  We always appreciate hearing from you.  If you have news about your professional or personal life you want to share, please send us information through our web site and leave your information on the alumni page or send information to:

University of Central Missouri
Theatre Office - Martin 113
Warrensburg, MO 64093

And Now For the News ...

Christina Reiter is teaching theatre at Oak Grove High School ... Sarah Tierney is a middle school theatre teacher in Liberty ... Robyn Hartman is now teaching speech and debate at Harrisonville High School and got married this October ... Meridith (Harmon) Sauer is the new theatre teacher at Warrensburg High School .,,, Amanda Boyle is teaching theatre and English at Kingman High School in Arizona ... Emily Gann is teaching kindergarten at Scott Joplin Elementary ... Holly Harper has moved to Chicago to pursue a theatre career ... Kimberly Gamradt married Cook Glover this summer and is a visiting professor teaching theatre at the University of Minnesota-Morris ... Russ Scott and Angel Kenison were married this summer and are living in Ashland, MO ... Rich Brown co-founded Theatre 88 this summer and played Jerry in The Zoo Story, he was also published in Theatre Topics.  This fall he is directing The Shape of Things  ... David Hawkinson is working as a carpenter and Katie Lenneville is on the production crew at Kansas City Rep ... Matt Bennett is a carpenter at the New Theatre in KC ... Natalie Tiehen is working as a professional actress and contract teacher with the Omaha Theatre Company for Young People in Omaha, NE ... Heather Tucker recently finished stage managing Henry V with the St. Louis Shakespeare Company and will be stage managing two shows with the New Jewish Theatre ... Tony and Jonni (Miley) Nuhn are teaching for the Christian Youth Theatre in KC.  Tony teaches sound and lighting and Jonni teaches acting ... Tawnya Roberts is excited to be starting her third year of teaching at Winnetonka High School ... Debra Holman has changed jobs and is now the assistant principal at Raymore-Peculiar High School ... Chuck Adamson is guest artist and instructor at Graceland College.  He performed in Bye, Bye Birdie and will be directing The Importance of Being Earnest  ... Jason Bohon graduated with his MFA in Lecoq-based physical theatre from the London International School of Performing Arts in cooperation with Naropa University and has started the Three Sticks Theatre Company in Minneapolis ... Jennifer Llewelyn is designing costumes this fall for Fort Zumwalt West and Wentzville High School.  Jennifer’s six-year-old daughter Meaghan has been on stage five times and has all the makings of a dramatic persona ... Amanda Duffy has started the MFA acting program at Case Western Reserve and Cleveland Playhouse.  Amanda was on the hair crew for the Broadway production of Sweet Charity this past spring and summer ... Chad Saenz stopped in this summer to work on the build for CMR before he returned to tour with Kaleidoscope Kids ... Jesse Highly is on tour as a clown with the Barnum and Bailey Circus ... Brian Smith and his brother were on the Amazing Race 7 this past spring, hope you all got to see him ... Eric Clark is artistic director for Ozark Actors Theatre in Rolla ... Steve Taft is Acting Head of the Department of Art at the University of Northern Iowa and continues to work with the Old Creamery Theatre Company in Amana, Iowa.

Baby Wave!

Congratulations go out to Keith and Wendy Padgett on the birth of their daughter Lida Gertrude ... to J.M. Wilkerson and Rae Robison on the birth of Dylan ... to Gregory Chafin and Kerry Austin on the birth of Ashton ... to Jonathan and Cheryl Morris on the birth of their son Aidan Flynn ... to Casey and Jennifer Renfrow on the birth of their twin boys Samuel and Benjamin ... and to Erich (Mancow) and Sandy Muller on the birth of their twin girls Isabella and Ava.

Let us hear from you!

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