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Theatre and Communication

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 10:55am

Carey Dinner Theatre (CDT) will continue in the summer of 2017 despite the fact that the Tatum Theatre was heavily damaged and its support facilities totally destroyed in a tornado on Jan. 21.

 

The first step in continuing its rich tradition is the selection of performers and other personnel. Auditions for cast and interviews for crew for CDT’s 42nd season are Saturday, April 8 beginning at 10 a.m. in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, Room 112, on the Hattiesburg campus of William Carey University.

 

CDT presents two musicals in June and July. Each member of the company, both performers and staff, is paid. The financial package includes salary, tips (company members serve during dinner), and housing.

 

Those auditioning as performers will present a one-minute monolog 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 and house-box office personnel. Each person will complete an application and an interview with CDT staff. Portfolios are encouraged. Performers may also apply for staff positions.

 

Each applicant should bring a head shot to the audition/interview. For more information call 601-318-6218 or email cdt@wmcarey.edu. The company commitment is May 29 through July 24. Contracts are offered only to those who have graduated from high school by May 29, 2017.

 

Carey Dinner Theatre began in 1975 and has a long tradition of excellence. More than 60 colleges and universities, in addition to William Carey University, have been represented by students in the company.

 

 

 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 5:39pm
WCU Theatre will hold auditions for its One Acts on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Hartwig Theatre on the University of Southern Mississippi campus. A prepared monologue is preferred; however, there will be audition materials available on site. All Carey students are invited to audition.
 
For more information, please contact Jeanna Graves at (601) 318-6218 or email jgraves@wmcarey.edu.
 
 
Monday, December 5, 2016 - 10:24am
William Carey University will perform “Sacramento Fifty Miles” on December 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. and at 2 p.m. Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. in the Joe and Virginia Tatum Theatre on the Hattiesburg campus.
 
Sacramento Fifty Miles is a joyful musical for children by Eleanor and Ray Harder and is loosely based on the old tale of The Brementown Musicians. Set in the days of the California Gold Rush, Molly the burro and Darby the dog escape their mean master and set off for a better life in Sacramento. Along the way they meet Contessa, a Spanish cat, and Beauregard, a Southern rooster. The foursome join forces to find Sacramento, with the major obstacle in their journey being two selfish gold prospectors.
 
Tickets for these performances are $5 each. Seating is limited, so please make plans early to attend. To make reservations, call 601-318-6222. 
 
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.