Texas Wesleyan Theatre Playbills 1954-1984
Kiss Me, Kate is a delightful comedy of a play within a play, performed by the TWC Theater in March 1960. Lilli, the former wife of Fred Graham, is persuaded to play the lead in Shakespeare's 'Taming of the Shrew'. Her sister is played by Lois Lane, the girl that Fred's been dating. Lois is in love with Bill Calhoun, who gambles away both their money plus an I.O.U., which he signed with Fred Graham's name.
To add spice to the already boiling plot, Fred sends Lois flowers on opening night, but they end up in Lilli's room. She forgives Fred his shortcomings and sticks the note from the flowers next to her heart. During the performance, she reads it and sees who it was really for. She begins to ad lib, hitting Petruchio on every occasion. He finally grabs her and pulls her across his knee, paddling her on stage.
As if this isn't enough to break up the show, Kate's new boyfriend, a Texas cattleman, arrives in his western-cut tailored suit to take Kate away. He does, and Fred finds he loves Kate, but has to use her understudy for the last act. The understudy can't be found, but Kate walks out on stage, much to his amazement, and resumes the performance. The couple make up on stage, and the play closes with everyone in high spirits.
DAMN YANKEES is based on Douglass Wallop's novel, The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant. It tells the story of a middle-aged real estate salesman who lives in Washington, D.C. The play was performed by the TWC Theater in March 1961.
Joe Boyd, played by Mr. Walter Lynn, is an avid fan of his hometown baseball team, and in a rash moment, he sells his soul to the Devil to be able to see the Senators win the pennant from the Yankees. Mr. Applegate, the Devil, played by Don Dove, changes Boyd into Joe Hardy, played by Jim Gurley. Hardy immediately becomes the sensation of the baseball leagues, pulling the Senators up to second place in the American League.
Since Applegate is secretly for the Yankees, he plots to snatch the victory from the Senators at the last minute. Hardy finds out about the plot and wants to go home to his wife, Meg, played by Miss Marty Pearcy. Applegate, however, uses Lola, played by Mrs. Joyce Harvey, to tempt Hardy into staying on the Devil's side. Lola falls in love with her victim and aids him in defeating the Devil. When she does this, Applegate converts her into an ugly old crone.
The town is River City, Iowa-date, July 4, 1912 -- and Professor Harold Hill is coming to town, in the March 1963 performance of "The Music Man" by the TWC Theater. The professor sells band instruments and uniforms, guaranteeing to teach the kids to play... "and he don't know one note from another."
In River City, people gather as Harold Hill starts his rip-roaring sales spiel. A pool table, he says, is being moved into town, and their boys will soon be swept up in delinquency.
At the Fourth of July exercises in the school gym, Harold tells the townspeople that he is going to organize the Boy's Band. He sells the town on buying instruments for their children and in due time the instruments are handed out. Accustomed to skipping town at this point, Harold finds himself in love with Marian and hesitates to leave. The townspeople, finding they are being swindled, assemble to decide Harold's fate.
At the assembly the Boy's Band enters the room and, to everyone's amazement, they play a slightly recognizable version of "Minuet in G." Harold Hill becomes the hero of River City.
"How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying" opened the fourteenth annual musical at TWC on March 8, 9, 15 and 16, 1968 with each performance being an enjoyable evening of entertainment.
The two-act play takes place in the Park Avenue office of World Wide Wicket Company, Inc. "How To Succeed" is a story of a young man who climbs to a position of great power and of the lovely, but determined, girl who loyally hangs on to him during his rise to success and eventually wins him. The young man is J. Pierrepont Finch, played by Thad Smotherman, and the determined, loyal girl Rosemary Pilkington, portrayed by Bonnie Pemberton.
Our hero has a successful climb due not to hard work but by following the simple rules in a book called, "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." As the play develops, we find that the book gives the young man the success he seeks. Meanwhile he continually receives the admiration of Rosemary. Our heroine finally hooks her man.
The TWC drama department presented "Cabaret" as their spring musical in February 1977.
The play was set in Berlin during the rise of the Nazi party before World War II. A young American falls in love with Sally Bowles, the star of a local night club, but was forced to leave her when he realized the ominous direction in which Germany was moving.
Texas Wesleyan marked its 25th musical production with a silver curtain and the presentation of "Call Me Madam" in February 1979.
The show centered around Sally Adams, (George Ann Carter) who was appointed ambassador of Lichtenburg. Upon arrival in the quaint little dutchy, Ms. Adams began meddling in foreign affairs. The results were both embarrassing and delightful.
Rayford Shelton, an alumnus of TWC, portrayed Cosmos Constantine, who was part of Sally Adams' foreign affairs. The show also starred Quentin McGown as Kenneth and Kathy Tucker as the princess. The flamboyant show was produced by Dr. Donald Bellah and directed by Mason Johnson.
Texas Wesleyan performed its 26th annual musical "Wish You Were Here" in spring 1980. The show was based at Camp Karefree in Kerrville, Texas.
The story told of Teddy Stern, (Jo Shannon Baldwin) and her growing love of camp waiter, Chick Miller (Stan Graner). The camp was always zany due to the antics of social director Itchy Flexner (John Langston) and Fay Frompkin (Linda Kay Plumlee), his girl.
The show was directed by Mason Johnson and produced by Dr. Donald Bellah.