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


The Stage Door, Spring 2006


The Stage Door  The Stage Door Newsletter - Spring 2006
The Crucible
KCACTF Region V Festival Success
Spring 2006 Black Box Season
Department of Theatre to Host Several Alumni Events
CMR Summer Season
Leonard Receives Ed See Outstanding Theatre Award
Theatre Students on the Dean's List for Fall 2005
From the Greenroom
The Stage Door Archives

The Crucible

7:30 p.m. April 18-22
Highlander Theatre
John Wilson - Director

Arthur Miller's award winning drama, will close the 2005-2006 mainstage theatre season at 7:30 p.m. April 18-22, in the Highlander Theatre.  The Crucible will be directed by John Wilson, with scenic and lighting design by Jeffrey Peltz and costume design by Rae Robison. 

Riffling back the pages of American history, Arthur Miller wrote this drama of the witch trials and hangings in Salem in 1692.  Accusations of witchcraft by some mischievous girls in Puritan dress gradually take possession of Salem.  John Proctor, a simple farmer, is the play's central figure who undergoes a testing by fire that ultimately reveals breathtaking heroism displayed with unshakable personal integrity.

Tickets for The Crucible will be available to season subscribers beginning Monday April 10, and to the general public on Wednesday, April 12.  General admission is $10 for the general public, $8 for UCM faculty, staff, and administration, and $6 for students.  Call the box office at 660-543-8811 to make your reservations.  All seats are reserved.  No children under five years of age will be admitted.  Payment must be received with reservation; cash, check, Visa, MasterCard or Discover accepted.

KCACTF Region V Festival Success

Department Returns from North Dakota with Awards in Hand 

The University of Central Missouri Department of Theatre received numerous awards and honors at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival held in Fargo, North Dakota, Jan. 22-27, 2006.  Six faculty members and 22 students made the journey up to the frozen lands of North Dakota to participate in acting and design competitions.

KCACTF Participants

The KCACTF Region V festival included 88 universities and more than 1,300 faculty and students from theatre departments in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota.

Award Winners

Kennedy Center American College Theatre Meritorious Achievement Awards were presented to Daniel Parks for lighting design for Over the River and Through the Woods, to Jessica Barker for costume design for Escape from Central Park Zoo, to Christopher Taylor and Eric Wetzel for sound design for Escape from Central Park Zoo and to John Wilson and Ryan McIntire for fight choreography for Macbeth.

Ryan Morehead and acting partner Tiana Starke and Joey Alfino and acting partner Keyon Gaskin advanced to the semi-final round of the Irene Ryan Acting Auditions.  Alfino and Gaskin advanced to the final round and competed with 16 finalists for acting scholarships at the Irene Ryan finals on Jan. 24.

Stage Crew Showdown Debuts

This year the Region V festival hosted the first Stage Crew Showdown.  This was a competition between tech teams that participated in a number of technical theatre events such as rigging, costume quick changes, spiking the stage, etc.  Central's team, comprised of Jeff Peltz, Sara Bossler, Gregory Chafin and Emily Irwin won first place in the competition.  In addition, Jeff Peltz received the Outstanding Faculty Team Member Award for the Showdown.  This was a tremendously popular and fun event and there was a great deal of sideline cheerleading by all of Central's faculty and students.  The team received a traveling trophy and has "vowed" that it will remain at UCM.

Stage Crew Showdown Team. Pictured left to right are Gregory Chafin, Jeff Peltz, Sara Bossler and Emily Irwin.

Stage Crew Showdown Team
(pictured left - right) Gregory Chafin, Jeff Peltz, Sara Bossler and Emily Irwin

Costume Parade Honors

Central Missouri's costuming department was honored by having two productions selected for the Region V Costume Parade.  Jenny Green's costumes for Macbeth and Rae Robison's costumes for The Belle's Stratagem were showcased by ten Central students during the annual parade on Jan. 24.

Wilson Earns Fellowship

Finally, John Wilson was selected by the Region V Executive Committee as their nomination for the Kennedy Center Summer Fellowship in Acting.
Congratulations to all the faculty and students on their continued success.

Spring 2006 Black Box Season
Once again, this spring season of BlackBox Theatre productions promises to be exciting, innovative, and thought provoking.  UCM's comedy improve troupe "Shenanigans" will have four performances in the BlackBox this spring.  Performance dates are Jan. 21, 28 and 29, Feb. 24, and March 24-25.

On Jan. 28-29, the BlackBox will present The Green Album, written and directed by Aaron Taylor and Ryan Drane. Graduate students Nicole Duffey and BJ Gailey have a Dada piece entitled "TOo FaT toO fAt" scheduled for Feb. 24-25.  Sharing the bill  that night will be The Meeting directed by Marques Wooten. On March 24-25, Keyon Gaskin will present his original dance/drama piece entitled Burlesque. 

Finishing the season will be an evening of Advanced Directing Scenes from Dr. Richard Herman’s Advanced Directing class.  These scenes will be performed on April 27.  Faculty sponsors for the BlackBox are John Wilson and Dr. Julie Pratt.

Department of Theatre to Host Several Alumni Events

Over the next few months, the Theatre Department will be hosting four major alumni events.  We hope that you can be a part of these events and share in the celebrations.

Spring "Scenesation" - April 1, 2006

This event will showcase our senior Performance and Design Technology majors at the Arts Incubator in Kansas City.  Hosted by the UCM Theatre department, Central Alumni Association and the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, the event will feature monologues, scenes, and design displays by our graduating seniors and celebrated alumni.  All theatre alumni in the Kansas City area are invited to this free showcase.  Refreshments will be served.  Come visit with the faculty, students, and fellow UCM alums. 

7 p.m., Saturday April 1, 2006
Arts Incubator
115 West 18th Street
Kansas City, MO

RSVP to the Theatre Department 660-543-4020 by March 30. 

Ed See Outstanding Theatre Alumnus Award and Alumni Event - April 22, 2006

Central Missouri alumna Beth Leonard will receive the Ed See Outstanding Theatre Alumnus Award on Saturday April 22, 2006.  The presentation will take place at 7:30 p.m. on the Highlander Theatre stage in conjunction with the closing night of the mainstage production of The Crucible.  The UCM Alumni Association is also sponsoring an alumni event in conjunction with the award presentation.  The event will include hors devours at 7 p.m. in the Art Center Gallery followed by the performance and a reception in the Highlander lobby following the production.  The cost for the event is $10.  Interested alumni can contact either the Alumni Relations and Development  (660-543-8000) or Department of Theatre office (660-543-4020) for tickets.

Central Missouri Repertory 25th Anniversary Reunion - July 14-15, 2006

This summer, CMR will celebrate our 25th anniversary with a reunion July 14-15, 2006.  The reunion will include attendance at all three productions, The Music Man. The Odd Couple, and The Selfish Giant, a company/cast party following the Friday night performance and a picnic luncheon following the children's show performance.  Further details and prices will follow.

Theatre Reunion "Boomer Bash" - Oct. 12, 13-14, 2006

If you were a member of the theatre department during the decade of the 1960s, then this Boomer Bash is the perfect reunion for you.  Dr. Glenn Pierce (Professor Emeritus) and Patty (Peters) Smith are planning a reunion in conjunction with UCM's homecoming weekend.  Plans are underway for symposiums with the current Central Missouri faculty and students, social gatherings, Homecoming parade, and dinners.  Contact the Department of Theatre (660-543-4020) or Alumni Relations and Development (660-543-8000) for further information.

CMR Summer Season

CMR logoCentral Missouri Repertory will celebrate its 25th summer season with an outstanding line up of popular productions.  The season includes The Music Man by Meredith Wilson July 7, 13, 15, 19, and 21; The Odd Couple  by Neil Simon July 8, 12, 14, 18, and 20; and The Selfish Giant by Gillette Elvgren July 14 in Warrensburg. 

Central Missouri alumni Chuck Adamson will direct The Music Man with musical direction by Dr. Kenneth Wood.  Dr. Julie Pratt will direct The Odd Couple and Central theatre alumna Jill Szoo will direct The Selfish Giant which will perform in Warrensburg and tour the surrounding communities of Blue Springs, Clinton, Richmond, Sedalia, and Whiteman Air Force Base.  Associate Professor of Theatre John Wilson will serve as Company Manager and Assistant Professor of Theatre Jeff Peltz will serve as scenic designer.

Leonard Receives Ed See Outstanding Theatre Award
Beth Leonard graduated from University of Central Missouri with a Master of Arts in Theatre in 1973.  She came to UCM having completed a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and Language Arts at the University of Kansas.  Beth also holds a MFA in Acting and Directing from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.  As a graduate student at Central Missouri, Beth performed the role of Madge in Picnic directed by Dr. James L. Highlander and performed in Fiddler on the Roof directed by Dr. Glenn Pierce.

Leonard Honored for Outstanding Career

Beth Leonard '73 - Recipient of the 2006 Ed See Outstanding Theatre Alumnus Award

Beth Leonard
Recipient of the 2006 Ed See Outstanding Theatre Alumnus Award

Beth has had a very distinguished professional and educational theatrical career.  Her first teaching position was at South Oklahoma City Junior College.  In 1978 she returned to UCM as an assistant professor of theatre teaching performance courses and directing in the program.  During Beth's ten years at UCM, she served as a co-founder of Central Missouri Repertory and acted in and directed numerous productions including Private Lives, A Streetcar Named Desire, See How They Run, Shadow Box, Chapter Two, and Night Must Fall.  Beth is currently an associate professor of theatre at Stephens College and will become department chair in May 2006.

Busy Professional Career

As a professional director and actress, Beth has worked at the Unicorn Theatre, Missouri Repertory Theatre, The Coterie Theatre, The Ice House Theatre and Okoboji Summer Theatre.  This summer will be Beth's ninth season as the artistic director at Okoboji in Spirit Lake, IA.  Her professional credits include productions of Breaking the Code, The Dining Room, Godspell, Animal Farm, Dancing at Lughnasa, Kelly and Du, and Hello Dolly! 

Theatre Students on the Dean's List for Fall 2005

Congratulations to the following undergraduate theatre students who made the Dean's List for fall 2005:

Nicole Hall, Jamie Veltre, Margaret Nevins, Rebecca Scrivener, Katherine Sturgess, Jennifer Barron, Cassidy Srock, Ryan Leach, Taylor Gozia, Christopher Taylor, Tiana Starke, Pamela Long, Cody Brown, Jason Eaken, Eric Wetzel, Jessica Barker, Jaclyn Jensen, Charles Cline, Emily Dean, Jeremy Frazier, Jennifer Fugate, Terri Holliway, Michelle Moll, Heather Skowronski, Joshua Minnis, Kristy Hensley, Olivia Young, Christopher Miller, Staci Hinshaw and Michelene Khalid.

 The department is proud of your academic accomplishments!

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 ...

Kimberly (Gamradt) Glover taught theatre this fall at the University of Minnesota-Morris on a one-year sabbatical replacement ... Janet Ulrich just opened in Still Life in Chicago and is understudying at Steppenwolf Theatre ... Matt Connor is the Executive Director for The Little Theatre of Jefferson City, MO and last performed in Beyond Therapy and will be performing the role of Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Show in October ... Gina (Loesch) Connor is also performing at the Little Theatre.  Most recently she was in Laundry and Bourbon  ... Chad Saenz is costume designing Beauty and the Beast for The Archangel Players and directing for Kaleidoscope Kids ... Congratulations to Michael and Anastasia Armes on the birth of their new baby girl Lyudmile Jessica Armes born Feb. 4 and to Sam and Kari Stokes on the birth of Holly Dean Stokes on Nov. 16.  Sam is pursuing his Ph.D. at Florida State University ... Sam Renner is the Assistant Technical Director for the College of Music at Bowling Green State University ... Dara Kenealy is pursuing a film career in Los Angeles ... Amanda Duffy is playing Regina in The Little Foxes at Case Western Reserve ... Heather Kinion has moved to Chicago to pursue her theatrical career ... Jayme Overstreet is starting a non-profit theatre in Chicago ... Jill Szoo has returned to Warrensburg and is launching Sparrow Group Theatre, a children's acting company ... Jeremy Lobaugh has been working with Theatre for Young America and the Stone Lion Puppet Theatre, K.C. 

Let us hear from you!

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