TC to launch new programs
Drama, Musical Theater Associate of Arts programs begin in fall
By DAVID STONE, Our Town Temple
Two new Associate of Arts programs will debut at Temple College next fall.
The programs — drama and musical theater — are two-year plans designed to prepare students for careers in fine arts.
“A graduate of the Associate of Arts programs would be qualified to audition for professional work or to transfer to a four-year university to continue with their education,” said Priscilla Santana, Temple College’s assistant professor of music and co-director of the musical theater program.
“A student with an Associate of Arts degree in drama could apply for directing jobs for community theater,” she said. “There’s so much a person can do with these degrees — they really open doors to opportunity. They would need to be certified if they wanted to teach in public schools.”
“The program will teach the techniques needed to be a triple threat in the industry — voice, acting and dancing,” she said. “We will start with the basics and build in each discipline.”
Temple College has had an Associate of Arts drama program in the past, but it has been inactive for about 10 years, she said.
“We felt that since we are starting the musical theatre program we should offer drama as well,” Santana said. “There’s some overlap. Students in both programs will take the same acting courses and theatre practicum. They also will both be involved with broadway shows and ensemble pieces through Vocal Point, our musical theatre group. It’s the hub for all musical singers and actors.”
Santana’s co-director of the musical theatre program is Dr. Derek Mudd. Mudd also is Temple College’s theatre director and an assistant professor of speech and drama.
“We are very excited about these Associate of Arts additions,” Santana said. “We are one of just two community colleges in the state to offer an Associate of Arts in musical theatre.”
VOCAL POINT MUSICAL IS APRIL 22-23
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Temple College Vocal Point, a class that focuses on musical theater, will present The Theory of Relativity on April 22-23 in the Jackson-Graeter Backstage Theatre.
The show begins at 7:30 p.m. both nights.
The Theory of Relativity is a musical based on a book by Brian Hill with songs and lyrics by Neil Bartram. The show explores how young adults deal with their personal feelings and situations, and how they develop communities based on their shared experiences.
“The class has been working on this production since January,” said Priscilla Santana, Temple College’s assistant professor of music and co-director of the musical theater program.
“This is a very popular small musical,” she said. “I actually had to apply for the right to do this show.”
“We are very excited,” she said. “This is actually our first musical since Pirates of Penzance back in 2019. COVID shut us down.”
The cast of The Theory of Relativity includes high school students who are taking Vocal Point through Temple College’s dual-credit program.
Tickets for the show can be purchased at the door, and students will be admitted free.
The Jackson-Graeter Backstage Theatre is located inside the Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center on the Temple College campus.
Vineyard Voice to perform free concert at Immanuel Baptist
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Vinyard Voice, a downsized version of the popular choral group Central Texas Master Singers, will perform an orchestrated concert at Immanuel Baptist Church on Sunday, April 24.
The concert is free and open to the public.
“Because of the pandemic, we have reduced the size of the choir and renamed the group,” said Steven Kirkpatrick, founder and conductor of the choir. “This will be our first orchestrated production since the March 2020 shutdown.”
According to Kirkpatrick, Vinyard Voice includes about 30 singers and the orchestra will include local music teachers, students and a retired member of a US Army band.
“We hope to perform three or four concerts this year and we are excited to be back,” Kirkpatrick said.
Central Texas Master Singers formed in 2009 and has delivered more than 225 performances — about 10 a year — at churches around Bell, Coryell and Williamson counties. The group has also performed orchestrated Christmas concerts in the past.
Prior to the pandemic, the group’s orchestra consisted of top-level musicians from Temple, Belton and Killeen school districts.
“We created Central Texas Master Singers with a passion of bringing God-honoring music to the masses,” Kirkpatrick said. “That vision hasn’t changed. We are just a smaller group now.”
“Although the name has changed and the number of singers is fewer, our goal remains the same – to enrich lives through choral music.”
NATIONAL GRILLED CHEESE DAY
Chock Full of Cheese serves up gourmet grilled cheese with a variety of toppings, including grilled onions and jalapeños, a spicy ranch sauce, marinara sauce, pepperoni, pastrami and several cheeses.
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America honors one of its favorite comfort foods every April 12 and indulges in perfectly toasted bread and warm, gooey melted cheese.
It’s National Grilled Cheese Day, and one local business is celebrating by donating a portion of its proceeds to a local charity.
Chock Full of Cheese food truck will be at Sam’s Club from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, and 10 percent of its proceeds will go to the Children’s Miracle Network.
According to food historians, many cultures around the world have enjoyed cooked bread and cheese since ancient times. The United States version of the grilled cheese sandwich originated in the 1920s. As sliced bread and American cheese became easily available, Americans began making open-faced grilled cheese sandwiches.
The sandwich reached new heights in popularity following World War II. During the war, Navy cooks served grilled cheese sandwiches regularly, and seamen developed a fondness for the crusty delight.
today’s best bets
Temple College Chorale will perform its Spring Concert, “Make Our Garden Grow,” at 7:30 p.m. at the Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center. Admission is $5 at the door and benefits students scholarships. Admission for students is free with school ID. Chorale is a premiere, auditioned choral ensemble in Central Texas, made up of music students from Temple College and Texas A&M University-Central Texas, alongside community members.
Czech Film Night & Matinee at The Beltonian Theatre, 219 E. Central in Belton. Presented by the Czech Heritage Museum. Gourmet concessions and imported Czech beer. Free admission. 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Country & Western Dance at Sammons Community Center. 6 p.m. Take a whirl around the dance floor! Come scoot your boots and tap your feet to the lively music of local country and western bands.
Temple College Annual Student Arts Show begins today and runs through May 6 in the TC Visual Arts Gallery. The gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. The artist reception and awards will be at noon on April 21 in the Gallery.
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TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2022
Over the years, there have been at least 19 7-Eleven stores in Temple, including the new locations on General Bruce Drive. Of course, they all haven’t been open at the same time, but most of the buildings are still standing and are occupied by other businesses. Where did it start — where was the first 7-Eleven in Temple? ANSWER IS AT END OF TODAY’S ISSUE
On this day in 1836, Mexican forces under General Santa Anna captured Thompson's Ferry, on the Brazos River between San Felipe and Fort Bend. As Sam Houston's army retreated eastward, a rear-guard under Moseley Baker at San Felipe and Wyly Martin at Fort Bend sought to prevent the Mexicans from crossing the Brazos. At Thompson's Ferry on April 12, Mexican colonel Juan N. Almonte hailed the ferryman, who was on the east bank. Probably thinking that Almonte was a countryman who had been left behind during the retreat, the ferryman poled the ferry across to the west bank. Santa Anna and his staff, who had been hiding in nearby bushes, sprang out and captured the ferry. By this means the Mexican Centralists accomplished a bloodless crossing of the Brazos, which they completed by April 14. The Texan forces at Fort Bend and San Felipe were forced to abandon their defenses and join the rest of Houston's army in retreat. The Texans did not turn on their pursuers until April 21, when they destroyed Santa Anna's army at San Jacinto.
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TODAY’S TEMPLE TRIVIA ANSWER: Temple’s first 7-Eleven opened in 1946 at 217 North 3rd Street. A second store opened in on Avenue G the next year, and a plant on South 9th provided ice for the stores.