SFA SummerStage Festival offers two entertaining plays - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

SFA SummerStage Festival offers two entertaining plays

SFA theatre students rehearse for Alice and Wonderland. (Source: KTRE Staff) SFA theatre students rehearse for Alice and Wonderland. (Source: KTRE Staff)
SFA theatre students in to Kill a Mockingbird have costume check. (Source: KTRE Staff) SFA theatre students in to Kill a Mockingbird have costume check. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Joshua Wallace adjusts hat he'll wear in to Kill a Mockingbird in his role as Atticus. (Source: KTRE Staff) Joshua Wallace adjusts hat he'll wear in to Kill a Mockingbird in his role as Atticus. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

The SummerStage Festival at Stephen F. Austin State University is working hard to provide audiences a new theatre experience. One hour prior to every performance ice cream and live entertainment will take place outside for the audience. Then everyone goes inside the air conditioning to enjoy the productions. Two plays will be presented by the same acting troupe.

Opening night requires a lot of preparation. Lines need to be learned, haircuts scheduled, and costumes tweaked.

It's four days before curtain call. The dress parade checks actors out from head to toe.

"Let's polish the sheriff's boots," orders costume designer Angela Bacarisse. She gives the final ok to period costumes for 'To Kill A Mockingbird'. After 10 weeks of directing pre-dress rehearsals Zach Hanks likes what he sees.

"Yeah. Seeing this come together. Seeing it sort of becoming real is unbelievable," said Hanks. 

One hour later most every one switches gears. Actors remove their 1930 attire and replace it with colorful, crazy hats and skirts for the upcoming second production of 'Alice and Wonderland'.

Joshua Wallace, SFA senior theatre major, tries to keep it straight. He's a caterpillar and music director in Alice. He also has the lead role of Atticus in Mockingbird.

"I know. It's almost a complete contradiction of styles of what we're doing this summer," said Wallace.

The whole goal of the SummerStage Festival is to provide a fun and relaxing theatre experience for the audience. Can't say it is exactly the same for the actors. The tight schedule demands early preparation. @

"It's absolutely less time to learn lines so I encourage my actors to come in off book on first day of rehearsal," said Laura Rikard, assistant professor of theatre at SFA.

By the time the productions hit the stage all this preparation will pay off with a full house.

"It's story telling. It's a wonderfully social experience. Perfect way for spending time with family and friends," explains Scott Shattuck, director of SFA School of Theatre.

The festival runs June 27 through July 18. Low cost nights are offered by Wal-Mart. Contact the SFA Theatre Department for details.

Copyright 2014 KTRE. All rights reserved.

  • East Texas NewsMore>>

  • Community rallies behind newborn after overcoming obstacles left behind by Hurricane Harvey

    Community rallies behind newborn after overcoming obstacles left behind by Hurricane Harvey

    Sunday, September 24 2017 7:23 PM EDT2017-09-24 23:23:50 GMT
    (Source: Crystal Sepulvado)(Source: Crystal Sepulvado)

    When Crystal and Shane Sepulvado learned they were pregnant with their third child, they were ecstatic. But immediately Crystal knew something was not right, as relied on her experience working at an OB-GYN office. "When we looked at the ultrasound, we has seen fluid around her heart," Crystal said. Doctors later explained to the couple that their unborn child had a hole between her ventricles. With an early pregnancy, the couple was rushed to Houston,...

    More >>

    When Crystal and Shane Sepulvado learned they were pregnant with their third child, they were ecstatic. But immediately Crystal knew something was not right, as relied on her experience working at an OB-GYN office. "When we looked at the ultrasound, we has seen fluid around her heart," Crystal said. Doctors later explained to the couple that their unborn child had a hole between her ventricles. With an early pregnancy, the couple was rushed to Houston,...

    More >>
  • Defense questions investigator in third day of Henderson trial

    Defense questions investigator in third day of Henderson trial

    Friday, September 22 2017 7:19 PM EDT2017-09-22 23:19:49 GMT
    James Henderson's defense attorney, Stanley Sokolowski, started off the third day of court by questioning the state's witness, Investigator Bill Rulland. The cross examination lasted most of the morning and even a little into the afternoon. According to Investigator Michael Molnes, with the Houston County Sheriff's Office, Sokolowski attempted to discredit Brenna Theuer's witness testimony, as well as testimony from Robert Mobley.  The trial is expected to head into closing arg...More >>
    James Henderson's defense attorney, Stanley Sokolowski, started off the third day of court by questioning the state's witness, Investigator Bill Rulland. The cross examination lasted most of the morning and even a little into the afternoon. According to Investigator Michael Molnes, with the Houston County Sheriff's Office, Sokolowski attempted to discredit Brenna Theuer's witness testimony, as well as testimony from Robert Mobley.  The trial is expected to head into closing arg...More >>
  • Tar-covered tires stick to parking lot of Lufkin tire shop

    Tar-covered tires stick to parking lot of Lufkin tire shop

    Friday, September 22 2017 7:09 PM EDT2017-09-22 23:09:01 GMT
    More than a few tar-covered tires are hanging on to the parking lot of a Lufkin tire shop.  On August 31, newly laid asphalt on Loop 287 started sticking to tires of those driving, leaving many of the cars un-driveable. As of Friday, the Texas Department of Transportation hadn't come out with an official cause for the incident, but that hasn't stopped over 600 people from filing claims with them. Copyright 2017 KTRE. All rights reserved.More >>
    More than a few tar-covered tires are hanging on to the parking lot of a Lufkin tire shop.  On August 31, newly laid asphalt on Loop 287 started sticking to tires of those driving, leaving many of the cars un-driveable. As of Friday, the Texas Department of Transportation hadn't come out with an official cause for the incident, but that hasn't stopped over 600 people from filing claims with them. Copyright 2017 KTRE. All rights reserved.More >>
Powered by Frankly