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Blinn – Brenham to celebrate 50 years of theatre during upcoming season

Three of this year’s productions were written in the 1960s

August 29, 2016

The Blinn College-Brenham campus Theatre Arts Program will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a five-performance season that includes three plays with connections to the 1960s.

“Since 1967, the Blinn-Brenham Campus Theatre Arts Program has entertained, educated and enlightened through more than 200 plays and musicals,” said Brad Nies, theatre director. “I am just excited to be part of this celebration.”

The season begins with Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple,” set in the 1960s. Oscar Madison, a slob whose wife has left him, invites his best friend Felix Unger to move into his Riverside Drive apartment with him. Felix becomes depressed that his wife has thrown him out, but it is Oscar who has murder on his mind when the clean-freak starts to drive him crazy.

The curtain rises on “The Odd Couple” at 7 p.m. Sept. 8-10 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center (map).

“Jungalbook” by Edward Mast will be the second performance of the year. Many are familiar with the 1967 Disney movie “The Jungle Book,” that was based on a collection of stories by British writer Rudyard Kipling. His stories have been adapted once again in a new production that will keep audience members on the edge of their seats. The curtain will rise at 7 p.m. Oct. 13-15 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16, in the O’Donnell Center.

In November, the Theatre Arts Program will host a showcase entitled “Glitter and Gold! 50 Years of Theatre at Blinn College – Brenham.” For five decades, the Theatre Arts Program in Brenham has entertained, engaged and delighted audiences. The program will celebrate with performances from current and former students and talented faculty. The show opens at 7 p.m. Nov. 19, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20, in the O’Donnell Center.

In February, Blinn will present “Lee Harvey Oswald: A Far Mean Streak of Indepence Brought on by Negleck,” a play written and produced at the Hampstead Theatre in 1966. The audience follows the unsettled, drifting life of Oswald through the eyes of his wife, mother and the Warren Commission’s report. The show opens at 7 p.m. Feb. 23-25 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, in the O’Donnell Center.

The final performance of the season will be the annual Theatre Arts Student Showcase, in which students present the acting and technical skills that they have acquired throughout the course of the year. This performance will take place on April 20-21 at 7 p.m. in the O’Donnell Center’s MRW Studio Theater.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and free for students with a Blinn College ID. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at www.blinn.edu/boxoffice, by calling 979-830-4024 or by emailing boxoffice@blinn.edu.