It’s been 100 years of Campus Players at Southwestern College, and as part of this year’s homecoming celebration, the organization plans a free public showcase reprising some of their greatest hits at 8 p.m. Oct. 26, in Richardson Performing Arts Center.
Organizers Roxy Callison, Amanda Porter and Susan Cook have put together a production that will move through the decades, not necessarily in chronological order.
With a set designed by Jason Johnston with the help of Brooke Rowzee, the show will begin with projections of the caricatures found in the hall leading to the Little Theatre, plus a medley of music from favorite musicals performed over the years. The decades will include the 1960s with “Try to Remember” and events of the time; the 1970s USO troupe tour to Asia; the 1980s, “Unredacted Overacted Introspective Retrospective;” the 1990s parody of “Tradition;” the 2000s “Ordinary Days;” and the 2010s “Season of Love.”
Transitions between the decades will feature parodies of “Eagerheart.” Those will climax with the honoring of a lady — in the role of the Virgin Mary — long associated with the college.
In addition to actors from almost 60 years of performances, a number of directors from the time will also be on hand in the role of shepherds in the “Eagerheart” parody.
Roxy Callison said they are expecting many former players to attend, including at least 25 from the 1970s.
Miss Martha Lee, professor of Expression, started the Campus Players in 1919. Miss Helen Graham, beginning in 1922, directed all the productions for 41 years. Since then, hundreds of students have honed their theatrical talents under its aegis.
Although there is no admission charge, seating can be reserved upon request by contacting one of the following: (620) 221-7720, (620) 229-6272 or email@example.com.