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Bobcat Faces: Jennifer Foster

Texas State theatre major
takes the classroom off-Broadway

By Mary Kincy

Jennifer Foster

Jennifer Foster. Photo courtesy of Kelsey Edwards Photography.

The walls of the classroom have widened for Jennifer Foster, a sophomore majoring in musical theatre at Texas State who is set to star in an off-Broadway musical  starting next month.

Foster, 21, won a place in the ensemble cast of “Fat Camp” after a New York City audition she rearranged last semester’s finals to attend. She says the ability to participate in the musical without jeopardizing her academic career is part of what makes the musical theatre program at Texas State special.

“At most universities, they don’t have a head of department who is still a professional, working actress and who has been on Broadway and off-Broadway,” Foster says of Kaitlin Hopkins, assistant professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance. “To have Kaitlin is so rare and so special. She knows what we’re going through because she’s been through it.” Continue reading

Spotlight: Austin Critics Table Winners

Texas State artists win five
Austin Critics Table Awards

All Shook Up premiered at Texas State in 2010.

At a ceremony Monday night at the Cap City Comedy Club, Texas State faculty members, staff and guest artists received five Austin Critics Table Awards out of 13 nominations.

The awards, presented by art critics from the Austin American-Statesman and the Austin Chronicle, recognize achievements in dance, classical music, the visual arts and theater. In its 16th year, the 2011 Austin Critics Table awards shone the spotlight on events that took place between May 1, 2010 and April 30, 2011. Continue reading

Around Campus: Musical Theatre

Texas State students team up
with composer Lippa for benefit

Andrew Lippa

Broadway composer Andrew Lippa, who served as the composer in residence for the musical theatre program, recently teamed up with Texas State students to record his composition, It Gets Better, as part of the national It Gets Better Project.

He finished writing the song while at Texas State, and the video below documents the recording of the song and the live concert of the students performing his work. Proceeds from the video will benefit the It Gets Better Project campaign, a national movement that offers support for teens.

According the It Gets Better Project website, “Itgetsbetter.org is a place where young people who are lesbian, gay, bi or trans can see how love and happiness can be a reality in their future. It’s a place where our straight allies can visit and support their friends and family members. It’s a place where people can share their stories, take the It Gets Better Project pledge, watch videos of love and support, and seek help.”

Lippa was named the first recipient of the Harrison New Musical Work Commission at Texas State.

The Department of Theatre and Dance produced Lippa’s award-winning play, The Wild Party, this spring, Kaitlin Hopkins directing. Hopkins is the head of Texas State’s musical theatre program.

Spotlight: Austin Critics Table Nominees

Texas State artists bag 13
Critics Table Award nominations

All Shook Up premiered at Texas State in 2010.

Texas State faculty members, staff, alumni and students have been nominated for 13 Austin Critics Table Awards, which recognize achievements in dance, classical music, the visual arts and theater.

The awards are presented by arts critics from the Austin American-Statesman and the Austin Chronicle. Winners for the 2010-11 season will be announced at informal ceremonies Monday at the Cap City Comedy Club. Continue reading

Texas State Updates: All Shook Up

Get a peek inside acclaimed production
by Texas State musical theatre program

The 2010 production of All Shook Up by the Texas State Department of Theatre and Dance was named one of the top 10 theatrical wonders in Central Texas by the Austin Chronicle.

The play, which is based on the music of Elvis Presley, was directed by the head of the musical theatre program, Kaitlin Hopkins. The choreography was by Robin Lewis, head of dance for the musical theatre program.

We can’t embed it here, but you can click on this link for “inside look” video produced by cast member Madelyn Shaffer. The photos are by Chris Schave.