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Theatre Arts

If you are looking for a family-friendly play in the Los Angeles area, look no further! The Master’s University Theatre Arts, located in Santa Clarita, produces clean, entertaining drama productions each year. From shows on Broadway to lesser-known plays,The Master’s University Theatre Arts continually performs top-quality plays filled with intriguing plot lines and captivating characters that you are sure to enjoy. Don’t miss our next show for a great night of entertainment!

OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS

By Joe DiPietro

Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. New York

Nick visits his grandparents in Hoboken, NJ every Sunday for dinner. But what lengths will his grandparents go to keep him from moving to Seattle? As they plan blind dates and tempt him with never-ending, mouthwatering meals, Nick has to evaluate what is important in life and learn to count the cost of his decisions. This show promises gut-wrenching laughter and a story that pulls on your heartstrings and causes you to consider, along with Nick, what matters most in life.

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  • About Us

    Mission Statement

    Theatre productions at The Master’s University exist to glorify God and impact our community through thoughtful and excellent presentation of plays or musicals and by enjoying human creativity as a reflection of The Creator as becomes a child of God.

    Theatre Arts Overview

    Theatre Arts is a co-curricular program offered by the Department of Music, designed to give training and expression in the performing arts along-side any major at the university. Theatre Arts has been dubbed “The People’s Theatre.” Its participants and contributors span across all disciplines, dorms, and interests at TMU. As a co-curricular program, any participating students can receive repeating credits in either theatre arts or production techniques and this will be reflected on their transcripts.

    Following a successful opening season in 2008, Theatre Arts continues to be an amazing tool in the hands of the Lord in so many lives. We have seen the Lord display Himself in remarkable ways, showing how even a school play can be eternally significant. Lives are being changed, perspectives altered, and love for the Lord and each other continues to grow. Our productions beautifully illustrate how life is a precious gift that must be used for God’s glory and His purpose; it should not be wasted!

    Opportunities to be involved include acting, stage managing, lighting, sound, scenery design, costuming, and makeup. Our commitment to the process as much as the product enables us to have an others-focused theatre program and this dedication pervades all of these areas as we strive together to serve one another using our varied giftedness.

    We are excited to see how God continues to grow the program as those involved seek to serve and honor Him first and foremost through the medium of good theatre as a gift to the audience with no compromise of who we are as children of God.

  • Audition Information

    Auditions for OVER THE RIVER & THROUGH THE WOODS

    SYNOPSIS: Nick visits his grandparents in Hoboken, NJ every Sunday for dinner. But what lengths will his grandparents go to to keep him from moving to Seattle?! As they plan blind dates and tempt to lure him with never-ending, mouthwatering meals, Nick has to evaluate what is really important in life and learn to count the cost of his decisions. We can promise gut-wrenching laughter along with a story that pulls on your heartstrings and calls each member of the audience to consider along with Nick as sees things from a different perspective than he originally intended.

    Tuesday or Wednesday, August 29 or 30, 2017

    • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm

    • Location: MC101

    • Callbacks - Thursday, August 31 at 8:00pm in MC101

    • Read-Through - Saturday, September 2 at 6:30pm in MC101

    • NOTE: You can audition either Tuesday or Wednesday night!

    Details:

    • Auditions are open to all traditional TMU Students of all majors/disciplines/years!

    • Cast Auditions/Crew Applications: You can audition/apply either night, Tuesday or Wednesday and you can come any time between 7-10. Once you arrive, you will fill out an audition/crew application form and sign up for an audition slot (actors only). Each acting audition will last approx. 10 minutes.

      • Acting audition - cold read – chosen by the directors from the script depending on the part you are auditioning for. We do this intentionally to keep everyone on the same page. There will be scripts in the lobby during auditions for those of you who feel that they struggle to read out loud and would like a few minutes to become familiar with the story/characters, as well as there are 2 scripts on reserve in the library now.\
    • Rehearsals: Mondays & Wednesday 7:00-10:30pm - Approx 4 extra rehearsals will be scheduled on either Tuesday or Thursday nights. All involved in the production (cast and crew) will receive up to 1unit of credit and must enroll for TH300. This is good to have on your transcript! If you want to be in the CAST please have a plan for no night classes on the evenings listed above.

    • TMU Fac/Staff and TMU Online students are welcome to audition with the understanding that if a current traditional student is as capable of playing the part, they will always take precedence. Email directors for special Fac/Staff/Online Audition slot

    Looking for:

    • Looking for: 3 Men and 3 Women for a variety of FUNNY and RICH characters to bring to life this hysterical story. The actors must be able to play a wide variety of ages. The roles are genuine, humorous and relatable. New Jersey accents are preferred. OVER THE RIVER offers actors an opportunity to be a part of a wonderfully funny, warm and real story of love, character and values that will impact audiences in a theatre program that will push them towards Christ!

    Production Opportunities:

    • There are many opportunities to serve on production crews in the following areas.

    • You must come to auditions to fill out an application for production crew and then you will be notified when the crews are chosen.

      • Makeup Hair
      • Costuming

      • Set Building & Design

      • Props

      • Photography Videography Social Media Marketing
      • House Crew

      • Tech Crew

    Please email us at theatre@masters.edu or call us at 661-362-2255 with any questions

  • Staff

    Tricia Hulet

    Director of TMU Theatre Arts|Music Events Coordinator

    Tricia directs the Theatre Arts program, produces the annual Come ChristmasSing concerts series, and manages all concerts, recitals, and events through the Music Department. She is a graduate of The Master’s College (MA Biblical Counseling; BA Biblical Counseling/minor in Music), where she studied voice and was extensively involved in musical theatre. She has held leading roles in several major productions including Hodel in “Fiddler on the Roof”, and Marry Lennox in the musical version of “The Secret Garden”. Tricia values the performing arts as a means to reflect the Creator and as a way to serve and impact the kingdom of God. She first began directing theatre in 2004 for a Christian high school; she was then brought on in 2007 to revive Theatre Arts as a part of the Music Department. Tricia has seen theatre arts function as a refining tool in many lives - shaping and sharpening hearts to live in light of the Gospel we have been graciously saved by - and used to build another example of biblical community that is a bright light to the watching world. Helping students round out their biblical worldview in the area of performing arts is a joy and blessing. Tricia and her husband, Dave - the Associate Dean of Students here at TMU, met here as students and are blessed to continue work at The Master’s University together and be members of Grace Community Church.

    \ “To the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” Jude 25

    James Phillipps

    Assistant Director

    James has been involved with Theater Arts since his freshman year in 2007. As a student at Master’s, he participated in every show the revived department put on, beginning with the role of Merriman in “The Importance of Being Earnest” in 2007 and culminating with the lead role of Nick Cristano in “Over the River and Through the Woods” in 2011. During his time as a college student, James saw the Lord use theater in an incredible way to shape him as a Christian. He is grateful to be able to give back to the current students some of what he learned through TMU Theater. James currently serves as the Student Accounts Manager for the University and Seminary. He constantly tells people he has the privilege of working his dream job, and he hopes to continue serving in both Accounting and Theater for as long as the Lord lets him.

    “The fear of the Lord is the instruction for wisdom, and before honor comes humility” – Proverbs 15:33

    Elisa Nyenhuis

    Assistant Director

    Elisa is absolutely thrilled to be able to invest in the growth of the program that God has used to grow her over her four years of college. She graduated in May 2014 from Master’s, majoring in Liberal Studies, and double-minoring in Bible and History. From a young age, she has enjoyed participating in both film and theatre productions. During her time at Master’s, she acted in “The Man Who Came to Dinner” (Lorraine), “Meet Me in St. Louis” (Tootie), and “Cheaper by the Dozen” (Ernestine). Off the stage, she served as the student production assistant for “The Curious Savage”, “Forever Plaid”, and “Black Coffee”. Through the distinctly Biblical philosophy of theatre that this program teaches, she has learned the treasure of a servant-hearted and Christ-centered focus. Her prayer is that God continues to be glorified through the efforts of this program both on and off stage.

    “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen” Romans 11:36

    If you are interested in being involved, contact Tricia Hulet or the office staff at theatre@masters.edu.

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