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2014-2015 Theatre Arts Season "A Year of Transformations"

Greater Tuna

Greater Tuna
By Jaston Williams, Ed Howard, and Joe Sears
2014 Theatre Faculty Showcase for the
Brenham Campus
Study Guide

What do Arles Struvie, Thurston Wheelis, Pearl Burras, Petey Fisk, Rev. Spikes, Vera Carp, and Bertha Bumiller have in common? They are all among the upstanding citizens of Tuna, Texas. See two Blinn College-Brenham theatre faculty members transform into twenty citizens of the third smallest town in Texas!

September 4, 5, & 6………………7:00 PM
September 7.………………………2:00 PM
Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
By T. R. Sullivan
2014 Kennedy Center/American College
Theatre Festival Entry
Study Guide

Based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1886 novella, this melodrama, originally produced on Broadway in 1887, tells the story of a London lawyer who investigates the strange transformation of his old friend. Dr. Henry Jekyll, into the evil Mr. Edward Hyde. A great Halloween treat that explores good vs. evil!

October 16, 17 & 18……...………7:00 PM
October 19…..……………………..2:00 PM
October 16th & 17th at 1:00 PM. ......Jr. High/High School Preview

Roald Dahl’s
Willy Wonka
Music and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and
Anthony Newley.
Study Guide

Adapted for the stage by Leslie Bricusse and Tim McDonald
Produced as Part of Blinn College’s Service Learning Project for the Brenham Campus

Roald Dahl’s timeless story of a chocolatier and his quest to find an heir has seen many transformations over the years. This new stage adaptation features songs from the classic family film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” as well as several new songs that overflow with music, comedy, and heart. A sweet treat for the whole family!

November 20, 21 & 22……..….…7:00 PM
November 23.……………………….2:00 PM
Elementary School Preview
November 20, & 21…..10:00 AM & 1:00 PM
Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center

By George Bernard Shaw
2015 Texas Community College Speech and Theatre Association Play Festival Entry
Study Guide

Professor Henry Higgins makes a bet that he can transform a simple flower girl into an upstanding woman of society. He never dreams that, while teaching Eliza Doolittle the ways of a lady, she would fall in love with him. A classic love story that explores a woman’s relentless quest for independence.

February 19, 20, & 21…………….7:00 PM
February 22…..……………………..2:00 PM
High School Preview Performances:
February 19 & 20…………………..1:00 PM
Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center Auditorium

I Never Saw Another Butterfly
By Celeste Raspanti
Produced as part of the Theatre Arts
Student Showcase
Study Guide

This drama follows Raja Englanderova’s experience as a young girl living in a
Jewish ghetto during the Holocaust. With the help of a teacher named Irene Synkova, she is encouraged to express her feelings through her drawings and poems.

April 9 & 10..…………………………7:00 PM
High School Recruiting Tour:
April 6, 7, & 8
Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center’s
MRW Studio Theater

The Blinn College Theatre Arts Program

The Theatre Arts Program provides a quality education through study, application, and experience, and is committed to engaging the college and area communities with a diverse offering of venues, interactions, and performances.

Scholarship Information

The Blinn College Speech and Theatre Arts program has a number of scholarships available.

  • The Larry and Mary Whigham Scholarship is awarded to students majoring in theatre arts with preference given to those with greatest financial need.
  • The Timothy Ray Whigham Scholarship is also awarded to students majoring in theatre arts and demonstrating financial need.
  • The W.O. and Bobbie Dietrich Scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in speech, theatre or English.


Scholarship recipients are expected to do the following:

1. Represent Blinn College with a high standard of conduct and contribute to the program through availability and attitude.

2. Maintain the required GPA for endowed scholarships.

3. Be a full time student.  In doing so, the recipient must enroll in at least three (3) hours of theatre arts classes each semester.

4. Before transferring to another college or university, scholarship recipients are expected to have had the following courses:  DRAM 1330, DRAM 1341, DRAM 1351, DRAM 1120, 1121, 2120, and 2121.

5. Those on scholarship are expected to audition and take on assignments for all Blinn College dramatic productions.

6. Recipients are expected to declare Theatre Arts as a major.

7. Students accepting scholarships are expected to purchase jazz, ballet, or character shoes and proper warm-up gear for rehearsals and movement based courses.

Those interested in additional scholarship information, as well as auditioning for a scholarship in acting, can do so by contacting Bradley A. Nies, Theatre Arts Director, at 979-830-4269, or by e-mail at

Those interested in auditioning for a scholarship in technical theatre can do so by contacting Kevin Patrick, Technical Theatre Director, at 979-830-4422 or


Theatre Arts/Speech Faculty

Bradley A. Nies, Director and Professor of Theatre Arts/Communication Studies

Office Location:  Dr. W.W. O'Donnell Performing Arts Building, Rm 113, (979) 830-4269

Theatre Arts Director since 1990, Bradley Nies earned an A.S. in Theatre Arts from Amarillo College, a B.S. degree in Radio/Television/Film from West Texas State University, and a M.A. degree in Communication (Theatre Emphasis).

In 2007 Mr. Nies received the Blinn College Professional Association Teaching Excellence Award. In 2008, he was honored by the Texas Educational Theatre Association with the Community College Educator of the Year Award.

He currently holds memberships through such organizations as the Texas Educational Theatre Association and the Texas Community College Speech and Theatre Association.

Through Blinn College, Bradley Nies has served in various office appointments for the Blinn College Professional Association, as well as the Blinn College Faculty Council.

Under the direction of Bradley Nies, students enrolled in the Blinn College Theatre Arts program actively participate in Delta Psi Omega, the national theatre fraternity, and the Texas Community College Speech and Theatre Association Play Festival.

Mr. Nies's years of committed service to his students and Blinn College have provided a venue of exciting and engaging theatrical productions and classroom experiences.


Kevin Patrick, Director & Professor of Technical Theatre Arts & Academic Advisor

Office Location: Dr. W.W. O'Donnell Performing Arts Building, Rm 110, (979) 830-4422

Kevin Patrick joined the theatre faculty in 2005 after teaching theatre design and production at Columbus State University in Columbus, Ga.

Mr. Patrick is 'returning home' to Texas; he graduated from Plano Senior High School and Southwestern University in Georgetown. He received his M.F.A. in Theatre (emphasis: Scenography) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has professional and academic design credits in Texas, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Georgia, and New Hampshire.

He has been active with the Texas Educational Theatre Association, Southeastern Theatre Conference, Alpha Psi Omega, and the United States Institute of Theatre Technology.

Locally, he is active in the contemporary worship service at the First United Methodist Church. He designs lighting and scenery for the Brenham Children's Chorus and Brenham Broadway Kids. He has designed scenery for several shows at the Unity Theatre, the professional theatre in Brenham.

Jennifer Patrick - Instructor

Office Location:  Dr. W.W. O'Donnell Performing Arts Building, Rm 116, 

Jennifer Patrick has been has been a Guest Costume Designer for Blinn productions since 2008 and has been teaching at Blinn since the Spring of 2010. 

She received her BFA in Theatre Arts from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX and her MFA in Theatre Design from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  She has taught theatre courses at UNCG, Kingwood College, Columbus State University in GA, and at Texas A&M.

Here at Blinn, she teaches Intro to Costumes and Stage Make Up.  She is also the Guest Designer for Blinn productions in the area of costumes, hair, and make up.  She has designed locally for Unity Theatre and for the Brenham Children's Chorus.  Previously, her design credits include productions in Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, New Hampshire, as well in Texas.

Jennifer Patrick is a member and is active with the Texas Educational Theatre Association and the United States Institute of Theatre Technology - Southwest.

In addition to teaching part time at Blinn, Mrs. Patrick is the Theatre Arts Educator for the Brenham Children's Chorus and the Brenham Broadway Kids.  She is also the founder and director of A.C.T.S., a children's musical theatre troupe at The First United Methodist Church in Brenham.


The Dr. W. W. O'Donnell Performing Arts Center includes two performance spaces, production facilities, a caterer’s kitchen, and offices for the Fine Arts faculty and administrative support.

The O'Donnell Theater is a proscenium stage with continental seating for 500 patrons. The proscenium opening measures 38 x 20 feet, with an average useable stage depth of 31 feet, 4 inches. The 18 single-purchase counter-weight lines and four electric-winched lines support four electrics, a white sky-cyc, and three Wenger acoustical clouds for band and orchestral performances.

The MRW Studio Theater is a flexible Black Box theatre that can be used for theatre productions in all manner of configurations. The overhead lighting grid boasts 87 2.4kW circuits at 18 feet from the concrete stage floor.

Both theaters utilize Strand lighting systems, Clear COM communications, and audio support through Soundcraft and Mackie mixers.

The Performing Arts Center has four six-person dressing rooms available, each with private restroom and two main dressing rooms with wheelchair accessible showers.

The Theatre Arts program produces at least four shows annually, and each production begins in our own facility. The scene shop is well stocked with hand, power, and stationary tools. Found nearby are a separate paint room, properties and furniture storage, and costume production and storage rooms. The electrics room includes a growing set of audio and special effects equipment, including High End Cyberlights, RGB mixing LED fresnels, Elation DesignSpot 575's, and U.V. fixtures. The dedicated audio-editing PC runs SFX show control software, Sony Audition for editing, and Notion and Progression music composition software.


The Clint Anderson Collection

Blinn College is proud to be the home for memorabilia donated by Clint Anderson, professional actor and Brenham native. Mr. Anderson’s donation included a generous monetary gift to maintain the collection and make it available to students, as well as the community. Examples of this collection are displayed in the lobby of the Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center.

Speech/Theatre Arts courses

DRAM 1120 Theatre Practicum I
DRAM 1121 Theatre Practicum II
DRAM 1310 Introduction the Theatre
DRAM 1330 Stagecraft
DRAM 1341 Makeup
DRAM 1342 Introduction to Costume
DRAM 1351 Acting I
DRAM 1352 Acting II
DRAM 2120 Theatre Practicum III
DRAM 2121 Theatre Practicum IV
DRAM 2331 Stagecraft II
DRAM 2366 Introduction to Motion Picture Arts
DRAM 2389 Academic Cooperative
SPCH 2341 Oral Interpretation