Tag Archives: Musical theatre

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

Happenings: Old theater hosts new music

Texas Music Theater opening March 9 in San Marcos

Texas Music Theater in San Marcos

By Britney Munguia

Texas Music Theater, the newest music venue in town, is set to open March 9 on the historic downtown square in San Marcos.

The refurbished theater will be one of the sites for the fourth annual MR Fest, a music festival sponsored by KTSW, the Texas State radio station.

The Texas Music Theater will host various MR Fest musical performances April 29-30, including the headlining band, The Bright Light Social Hour.

Built in 1941 as the Plaza Theater, the building has been used for a variety of purposes over the years, including a movie theater, seafood restaurant and most recently, a hamburger joint called Gordo’s. 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.

Rising Stars: Kaitlin Hopkins

Hopkins develops unique
musical theatre program


Kaitlin Hopkins, in the advertisement for Texas State in Texas Monthly magazine.

The Rising Stars profile of Kaitlin Hopkins, the director of Texas State’s musical theatre program, has been posted on the university’s website.

There’s no doubt about it — Hopkins was a show business baby. She was born to acting, producing and playwriting parents and has spent her career performing.

The new director of the new musical theatre program at Texas State brings a passion for building to the university, as well as a professional’s perspective to her students.

Read about her here.