College of Fine Arts News Archive

July 2019

  • 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee' runs through July 12

    'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee' runs through July 12

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    July 3, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    The School of Theatre at Stephen F. Austin State University presents its SummerStage Festival, featuring "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" running Wednesday, July 3, through Friday, July 12, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. The show features, from left, Shelby Miller, Wichita Falls sophomore; Jason Couch, Nacogdoches freshman; Carson Cook, McKinney sophomore; Roz Couch, Nacogdoches community member and SFA theatre alumna; Trace Killian, Forney freshman; Caitlin Edwards, Nacogdoches senior; and Alexis "Alli" Beck, Nacogdoches senior. With music and lyrics by William Finn and book by Rachel Sheinkin, the show is about an eclectic group of sixth graders who make their way through a spelling competition where each reveals his/her hopes, struggles and passions through songs. General admission tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students/youth. This show has some adult themes and is recommended for mature audiences (PG-13). For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407, and visit http://www.theatre.sfasu.edu for show dates and times. The festival also features the children's musical "The Reluctant Dragon."

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  • Registration underway for Junior Jacks theatre day camp

    Registration underway for Junior Jacks theatre day camp

    July 3, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    Registration is ongoing for Junior Jacks Theatre Camp at Stephen F. Austin State University. The popular two-week School of Theatre camp is designed for children entering third through ninth grades. This year's camp is scheduled for Monday, July 29, through Saturday, Aug. 10.

    Junior Jacks was designed as a day-camp version of the highly successful High School Summer Theatre Workshop at SFA, according to Carolyn Conn, associate professor of theatre at SFA and the camp's director. The fun and exciting summer camp, offered in two age groups, fills quickly, and Conn suggested parents register their children early.

    "We have children representing all local and nearby schools as well as many home-schooled children," Conn said. "There are also many repeat campers. Many Junior Jacks 'graduates' go on to attend the High School Summer Theatre Workshop at SFA. We also have former Junior Jack/High School Workshop participants who become theatre majors at SFA. The camp is a great introduction to what we offer in the School of Theatre."

    The camp has expanded its capacity in recent yeas, so more students can participate, Conn said.

    "As the School of Theatre's teacher certification program grows and has incorporated the camp into its 'Directing for the Youth' course, we have a large number of student directors available to work with the children," she said. "Additional teachers mean we have room for additional campers! So, we are aiming for another increase in campers this year."

    Junior Jacks is a community outreach opportunity designed to not only introduce children to theatre, but it also allows the School of Theatre's teacher certification students to work with students who are younger than high school age. Junior Jacks campers play theatre games and rehearse plays that will be performed at the camp's conclusion.

    There will be a group of third through sixth graders and a group of seventh through ninth graders meeting from 9 a.m. to noon and another set of groups meeting from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
    Play performances will be on Saturday, Aug. 10.

    Registration cost is $75 per student and $50 for each additional sibling within a single family. Needs-based scholarships may be available. More information and a registration form can be found at theatre.sfasu.edu, or contact Conn at (936) 468-1031 or conncs@sfasu.edu

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  • SFA's SummerStage Festival continues with 'The Reluctant Dragon'

    SFA's SummerStage Festival continues with 'The Reluctant Dragon'

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    July 3, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    "The Reluctant Dragon" continues its SummerStage Festival run at 10 a.m. Friday, July 5, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus. Among the cast members are Nacogdoches senior Alexis Beck and Katy sophomore Erik Brockman as the Dragon; El Campo sophomore Cameron Wall as Glaston; Witchita Falls sophomore Shelby Miller as Kendal; and Wylie junior Drake St. Pierre as St. George. General admission tickets are $8. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407, and visit http://www.theatre.sfasu.edu for other show dates and times. The SummerStage Festival, which also features "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," with music and lyrics by William Finn and book by Rachel Sheinkin, continues through July 12.

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