Blinn College-Brenham Theater Arts Program Announces 2022-23 Schedule | Texas


The 2022-2023 Blinn College-Brenham Campus Theater Arts Program productions promise something for everyone with a “Magic in the Air” theme.

This season’s performance schedule includes:

“Houdini”, 7 p.m. on October 6 and 7 and 2 p.m. on October 8 and 9;

“Christmas Eve”, 7 p.m. on December 1 and 2 and 2 p.m. on December 3 and 4;

“Vinaigre Tom,” 7 p.m. Feb. 16 and 17 and 2 p.m. Feb. 18 and 19;

and “Ladies at the Alamo,” at 7 p.m. April 27 and 28 and 2 p.m. April 29 and 30. {

All performances will take place at the Dr. WW O’Donnell Performing Arts Center.

In addition to plays, the “Slaphappy” program improv troupe will perform Oct. 13 and April 4, both at 7 p.m. at the O’Donnell Center.

“Our 2022-23 theater arts season promises to be one of our best seasons yet,” said theater arts teacher Brad Nies, who has been at Blinn since 1990. “We want crowds sold out this year, so we’re happy to offer works that have something for everyone.

“We will begin our season with the beautiful dramatic work ‘Houdini,’ our entry into the 2022 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF),” Nies said. “This never-before-seen play offers audiences a spectacular look into the life of world-renowned magician Harry Houdini. Part biography, part fantasy, Houdini unlocks the worlds of illusion and reality and takes us from his childhood to his acts underwater and on stage.

The KCACTF is a national drama festival that provides universities and community colleges with professional theater reviews and individual recognition.

“The Day Before Christmas” is the 2022 showcase for Blinn’s Faculty of Theater Arts. {

“Under the direction of Theater Arts faculty member Jennifer Patrick, and under the musical direction of instrumental music teacher Jill Stewart, this holiday musical show shares the magic of the season as Santa Claus and his crew gearing up for the biggest night of the year,” Nies said. “Unfortunately, a cunning Jack Frost decides to end the Christmas festivities with winter mayhem.”

Theater Technical Arts teacher Kevin Patrick will play Santa Claus and Nies will play Jack Frost.

“Vinegar Tom” is a thought-provoking historical tragedy that will be Blinn’s entry into the 2023 Texas Community College Speech and Theater Association Play Festival, Nies said. {

The TCCSTA Play Festival gives students the opportunity to compete with other Texas community colleges for acting, technical, and presentation awards. {

“Set in rural England during the witch hunts of modern Europe, this powerful work is about a woman who is named a witch by a man she has romantically rejected,” Nies said. “As the story continues, other women are accused and punished for the same crime.”

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