Event showcases Temple College musical theatre, drama programs.
A showcase featuring the Temple College Musical Theatre & Drama programs will be held Saturday at the college. Above is a scene from the 2020 Temple Symphony/Temple College production of The Pirates of Penzance. Courtesy photo
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Aspiring musical theatre and drama students from area schools will perform alongside Temple College faculty members during Saturday’s inaugural Temple College Musical Theatre & Drama Showcase
The Showcase begins at 5 p.m. in the Jackson-Graeter Backstage Theatre, located in the Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature Broadway songs and scenes, highlighting the talents of aspiring musical theatre students and faculty members as Temple College launches its new associate of arts degree programs in theatre (drama) and musical theatre. The new programs begin in the fall.
“These students have worked hard during their high school careers to develop their musical and theatre talents,” said Priscilla Santana, assistant professor of music and co-director of the musical theatre program. “This is our way to provide them another venue to share those talents and let them experience the look and feel of performing on a collegiate stage.”
“We’re very excited to offer this opportunity to students, and we’re excited to share this with the community,” Santana said.
Dr. Derek Mudd, assistant professor of speech and drama, and director of the drama program, said the Showcase is an opportunity to debut the new programs.
“We are excited because this event helps kick off our new associate degree programs in drama and musical theatre that will start in the fall,” Mudd said. “Prospective students and the community will get a glimpse of the talent here at Temple College.”
Student performers include Madeline Clark (Belton High School senior); Matthew Fulmer (Homeschool senior), Eden Irom (Belton High School senior), DeLisa McClennon (Temple College freshman) and Aria Yauk (Texas A&M Central Texas senior).
Temple College faculty performers include Dr. Sara Baker, Fine Arts Division director; D Kirkland, Drama and Dance Department chair; Priscilla Santana, assistant professor of music and co-director of the musical theatre program; Dr. Derek Mudd, director of the theatre program; Dr. Benjamin Irom, director of jazz studies; and LiPing Wu, piano accompanist.
“There are many high schools in Texas that have award-winning theatre programs, but there are only a handful of community colleges in the state that offer degrees in musical theatre,” Dr. Baker said. “We’re proud to be one of those that offer these students a place to continue after high school.”
For more information about the new Associate of Arts in Musical Theatre & Drama programs, contact Priscilla.firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRIDAY | APRIL 8, 2022
A garage fire in a home AT 9306 Trailridge Drive on Friday evening may have been started by a discarded cigarette. According to Santos Soto of Temple Fire & Rescue, the fire started near a couch in the garage. No injuries were reported in the fire. Courtesy photo
MARKMAN TO HEADLINE COMEDY SHOWCASE
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Popular comedian Matt Markman will headline Saturday’s Comedy Showcase at Corky’s.
Also on stage will be host Roderick McDaniel, opener Katie Felton and featured comedian Aaron Cheatham.
Markman has been featured on television shows Man Up, Stand Up and Backyard Comedy, and he is a three-time finalist in the World Series of Comedy.
Tickets to the show range from $15 to $25.
“Our VIP tickets ($25) are right next to the stage in a comfy counch,” said Samantha Shepherd, event coordinator for Corky’s. We also have a King’s Table, which is a VIP long table that seats seven. It must be purchased in full for $125.”
TODAY’S BEST BETS :
Spill the Tea: A Queer Social at FoxDog. Join Central Texas Pride Community and FoxDog for a new monthly meet-up in Temple to socialize, conversate and just have space together. Local hot topics, queer history and activism, all on the board for discussion during this gathering. FoxDog is offering a 10% discount during this event. This is open to all LGBTQIA people.
Cha Community, 7 N Main Street in Downtown Temple, will hold its Grand Opening this Friday. Doors open at 11 a.m., ribbon cutting at noon. The first 25 guests will receive a free 16-ounce boba tea drink coupon, and the first 50 guests will be entered to win free boba tea for a year (one per week for 52 weeks).
Live music at Barrow Brewing at 6 p.m. from Nate Guthrie
Ghost Hunting Class at Wilson Recreation Center. Do you have an interest in the paranormal? Ever wonder what it's like to be a real ghost hunter? Try our Paranormal Studies class with paranormal investigator JohnJohn from Dark Explorers paranormal and learn all there is about becoming a paranormal investigator. Join us for this introductory class. 5:30 p.m. to. 7 p.m. $35 per person.
Temple Bible Church Community-Wide Garage Sale. Hourse are 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, April 8, ($5 admission) and 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 9 (free admission). The Outback Building, 3205 Oakview Drive in Temple. Donations accepted between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., April 6 and 7. Proceeds benefit the church’s partners on the Arabian Peninsula and Discipleship Unlimited. Cash only please. Click HERE for more details
Silent Auction at Temple Bible Church. Online bids begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 6, and close at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 9. Walk through of the Silent Auction is 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.. Friday and 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday. The Crossing in Creekside Building at TBC, 3205 Oakview Drive in Temple. Proceeds benefit the church’s partners on the Arabian Peninsula and Discipleship Unlimited. Click HERE for more details
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Belton Lake: Good
Water lightly stained; 60 degrees; 3.50 feet low. Lack of flow in all tributaries has kept fish in the reservoir this spring. The water has warmed to 60 degrees or more above the 30 foot level, and most of the fishing is taking place in increasingly shallow water for that reason. White bass fishing has been excellent in the first 3 hours of the morning and last 2 hours prior to sunset. When the fish are spread horizontally in shallow water, the MAL Heavy Lure with silver blade and chartreuse tail has been the bait of choice. If fish are heavily grouped together in deeper, cooler water, the 5/8 ounce, white, Bladed Hazy Eye Slab has worked well. Report by Bob Maindelle, Holding the Line Guide Service.
Crappie are good in the coves and creeks in 1-4 feet of water using the ATX Lure Company wicked shad 2.25 inch paired with Dan’s Jigs 1/16 ounce jighead. Report by Zach Minnix, Jig N’ Jerk Guide Service.
Stillhouse Hollow: Good
Water lightly stained; 64 degrees; 3.55 feet low. White bass are returning to the lake after a very weak spawn with lots of small fish now making up the catch. Trolling small, shad-imitation crankbaits is effective. Once an area is found with a concentration of fish present, casting the MAL Heavy with silver blade and chartreuse tail works well to add numbers to the catch. Report by Bob Maindelle, Holding the Line Guide Service.
In 1936, a Temple landmark opened on Avenue A. The new store mostly sold garden supplies. What was it called? ANSWER LOCATED AT END OF TODAY’S ISSUE
On this day in 1968, a crowd of nearly 10,000 watched as Claudia Alta "Lady Bird" Johnson, wife of President Lyndon Johnson, dedicated Padre Island National Seashore. It is the longest seashore in the national park system and encompasses a portion of the largest barrier beach in the United States. The history of the park was long and contentious. Efforts to establish a state park on Padre Island began in 1936, but proved unsuccessful due to a struggle between public and private interests over ownership of the land. In 1958 Texas senator Ralph Yarborough introduced a bill to establish a national park on the island, and the proposal was finally signed into law in 1962. The dedication of the park followed five years of condemnation proceedings. Today the park is a popular tourist destination, with attractions including a wide, sandy beach for swimming and fishing; a plethora of shore birds and migratory waterfowl; and a variety of legends involving pirates and hidden treasure.
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TODAY’S TEMPLE TRIVIA ANSWER: The store started by CH Robertson and George Brooks was and still is called Empire Seed.