If you like attending live theatre in the Los Angeles area or if you are a college student interested in a Biblically uncompromising and thriving theatre program - no matter what your major - look no further! The Master’s University Theatre Arts produces clean, top-quality, and entertaining plays and musicals filled with intriguing plot lines and captivating characters that you are sure to enjoy watching - or you can help bring it all to life!
The Master’s University Theatre Arts Presents
A Murder is Announced
By Leslie Darbon Adapted from a story by AGATHA CHRISTIE
It isn’t every day that a local newspaper foretells the time and place of a murder, especially in a sleepy village in the English countryside. Curious residents draw to the home of Miss Blacklock in anticipation, only to become entangled in the crime itself! Can a determined inspector and keen minded Miss Marple unravel the mystery? Can they keep everyone safe and sort through the secrets hidden in plain sight? A classic Agatha Christie puzzle, “A Murder is Announced” is full of twists and turns, hidden identities, mixed motives, and relentless pursuit of justice.
The Master’s University Theatre Arts Presents
She Loves Me
|Book by Joe Masteroff||Music by Jerry Bock||Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick|
“She Loves Me” is the musical version of “The Shop Around the Corner,” starring Jimmy Stewart in 1940. The beloved story was re-released in 1998 as “You’ve Got Mail.” In this live, musical version, Georg & Amalia, while constantly at odds with one another at work, have unknowingly been pen pals through a “lonely hearts” advertisement. As relationships in the shop become strained, the two depend more and more on their letters, eagerly anticipating finally meeting in person. Love, laughter, heartbreak and dreams all come together in this highly energetic musical featuring much loved songs, including “Tonight at Eight,” “Will He Like Me?,” “Vanilla Ice Cream,” “She Loves Me” and more!
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
TMU Theatre Arts is a co-curricular program offered through the School of Music, designed to give training and expression in the performing arts along-side any major at the university. TMU 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.
Since the program revival in 2008, TMU Theatre Arts continues to be an amazing tool in the hands of the Lord in so many lives. Students are being trained in a Biblical philosophy of the performing arts while also learning and gaining experience in the craft of acting or the many aspects of production. Our commitment to the process as much as the product enables us to have an others-focused theatre department. This pervades all of these areas as we strive together to serve using our varied giftedness. Many of our graduates have continued into jobs in the arts industry or teaching and we love seeing how they are able to use their giftedness and be a gospel witness. We continually see how the Lord uses theatre to show how even a school play can be eternally significant. Lives are being changed, theology of art is being developed, attitudes & perspectives altered, and love for the Lord and for each other keeps growing.
Opportunities to be involved include acting, stage managing, lighting, sound, production design, video production & social media marketing, costuming, makeup, hospitality & cast services, set building and stage crew.
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.
COME JOIN THE MASTER’S UNIVERSITY THEATRE ARTS PROGRAM!
Fall 2019 Production
Agatha Christie’s A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED
It isn’t every day that a local newspaper announces the time and place of a murder yet to happen. Especially in a sleepy village in the English countryside. Curious residents, drawn to the home of Miss Blacklock, are desperate to find out if it’s really going to happen. Instead, they become entangled in the crime itself! Can a determined inspector and the keen minded, observant Miss Marple, unravel the mystery? Can they keep everyone safe and sort through the secrets hidden in plain sight, right there in quiet Chipping Cleghorn? In classic Agatha Christie style, “A Murder is Announced” is full of twists and turns, hidden identities, mixed motives, and the relentless pursuit of justice. Don’t miss the opportunity to find out “who done it?!”
Tuesday, or Wednesday, September 3rd or 4th
7:00pm – 10:00pm
Auditions located in the Music Center
(Open to all Master’s University traditional students)
Acting audition: cold read – chosen by the directors from the script
We are looking for 5 Men and 7 Women
The characters are varied in age and personalities – giving actors a wide range of options! They should be able to be played with genuineness and believability
British accents will be needed – they can be learned over the semester
(Come to Auditions to fill out an application for production crew)
In order to bring to life the world of Chipping Cleghorn, England, we will need a talented and creative crew!
Areas of involvement Include:
Hair & Makeup
Social Media & Video Production
Hospitality & Cast Services
Please Email Us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 661-362-2255 with any questions
Director of TMU Theatre Arts|Music Events Coordinator
Tricia directs the Theatre Arts program and teaches Production Techniques & Stage Training. She also produces the annual Christmas and Forest Lawn concerts series and manages all concerts, recitals, and events through the School of Music. She is a graduate of The Master’s College (MA Biblical Counseling; ACBC Certified; 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 Mary Lennox in the musical version of “The Secret Garden”. Tricia values the authority and sufficiency of Scripture in all things and loves being a student of people and their stories, from a Biblical worldview. 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 co-curricular program under the umbrella of the School of Music. 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 Dean of Men 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
Raised in Northern California, Seth moved to Los Angeles to attend The Master’s University and pursue a career in the film industry using his degree in Communications. Seth performed in two productions with TMU Theatre Arts while a student - Nick Cristano in the Fall 2017 revival production of “Over the River and Through the Woods,” and Henry Tilney in “Northanger Abbey.” Due to his desire to work professionally in the industry, Seth is grateful to get to be a part of this Christ-centered program, as he knows it is a rare opportunity in the performing arts. Theater at TMU has pushed him as an actor and as a whole person being made more into the image of Christ. Now as an Assistant Director, he is excited for the opportunity to give back to the current students what he has learned through this program and his time in the film industry. He is excited to work in this capacity alongside the cast, crew, and fellow directors to display God’s glory both on and off the stage.
“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’ – yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’” James 4:13-15