WBU Theatre returns to Ruidoso for third summer

Release Date: May 9, 2008

Sacramento Mountain Theatre Collaborative

PLAINVIEW – For the third summer, Wayland Baptist University theatre will take its talent in instruction and production to the mountains of Ruidoso, N.M., for the Sacramento Mountain Theatre Collaborative. In conjunction, Wayland’s Office of Alumni Services will host a getaway weekend for alums and friends.

              Aimed as both an educational retreat for high school juniors and seniors as well as current WBU theatre students, the collaborative includes three-weeks of intensive rehearsal, set building and hands-on experience in producing a live theatre performance in Ruidoso’s majestic Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts.

              This year, Wayland brings a production from its past repertoire, reprising the Agatha Christie classic The Mousetrap on Friday, June 20 at 8 p.m. The longest running play in the world, the murder mystery first hit the WBU stage in 2001.

              Runnels reprises his directorial role for the play, which initially was performed as a radio play in 1952 after being commissioned by Queen Mary in 1947. The play involves a young couple who own a hotel in the converted Monkswell Manor. Snowed in with four guests and a traveler who runs his car into a snowdrift, the group meets a detective who informs them a murder has occurred in London and he believes a murderer may be on the loose. When a guest at Monkswell Manor is killed, the group realizes the killer is among them and they set out to discover the guilty party.

              Besides the play on Friday, the alumni office is partnering with First Baptist Church in Ruidoso and local alums to host a free come-and-go brunch on Saturday morning at 10 a.m., featuring free gifts for each attendee, drawings for door prizes and gift certificates and a time of visiting.

              Weekend guests will have plenty of time to take in the sights of Ruidoso, from hiking and fishing to shopping and dining in unique mountain locations. Hotel accommodations can be made by visitors, choosing whether to stay in traditional lodging options or braving the variety of mountain cabins offered in Ruidoso. Travelers will find information about lodging options online at www.Ruidoso.net.

              Tickets for the play are $20 and reservations can be made through the WBU Alumni Office at (806) 291-3600 or by email to susiev@wbu.edu or andrewsd@wbu.edu. Payment for tickets must be made in advance.