Wayland to host theatre festival

PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University will host the Christian University Theatre Festival on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 29 – March 1.  The festival will feature three shows from Wayland, Lubbock Christian University and Howard Payne University.

Wayland will perform Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire at 7:30 p.m. on Monday. Lubbock Christian will perform Through My Eyes by E. Don Williams on Tuesday afternoon in Lubbock, and Howard Payne will perform Inventing Montana by Jeanne Murray Walker at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Wayland’s Black Box Theater.

The CUTF was first organized about 20 years ago as Christian universities looked for a more affordable alternative to the American College Theatre Festival. Wayland and Howard Payne were among the organizational schools.

Charlie Hukill, Professor of Theatre at McMurry University, will serve as the respondent this year, critiquing each school’s performance. Hukill is Chair of the Theater and Music Departments at McMurry. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in design and playwriting from Trinity University. Since 1979 he has designed set for more than 100 productions, designed lights for more than 90 productions, directed more than 60 productions and performed in 39 productions. Hukill is an active member of the Texas Educational Theatre Association, including being involved in the Adjudicator’s Organization of TETA. He is currently President Elect of TETA. He has served as a judge for state UIL one-act play competitions, and was recognized as Educator of the Year for colleges and universities by TETA in 2001.

Admission to Rabbit Hole on Monday and Inventing Montana Tuesday evening is free of charge. Admission to Through My Eyes on Tuesday afternoon will be determined by Lubbock Christian University.