Meadows Theatre opens season with hymn to This Beautiful City

Meadows School of the Arts opens its 2012-13 theatre season with a play produced from interviews that explore issues leading up to, and after, the 2006 election, with a particular focus on faith and the evangelical movement.

This Beautiful City will run Sept. 26-30 in the Greer Garson Theatre, Owen Arts Center. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Colorado Springs is known as the “unofficial” capital of the evangelical movement. The Civilians, the play’s original writers and performers, spent more than 10 weeks researching and interviewing there before creating their work. It was first performed in spring 2008 and went on to receive Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk and Drama Guild nominations.

The New York Times describes the play as “an engaging, inquisitive and moving piece of theatre.” The play is unique in that it’s not written in narrative form but instead highlights dozens of thoughts and opinions with a musical twist.

The Meadows troupe will perform the work under the direction of Blake Hackler, an assistant professor in the Division of Theatre.

Students, faculty and staff can purchase event tickets for $7. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office at 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

Find a full cast below the jump. (Video courtesy of SMU Meadows School of the Arts; photo by Linda Blase.)

Cast of This Beautiful City (in alphabetical order):

Ruben Carrazana   (B.F.A. ’13)

Tyler Crim   (B.F.A. ’13)

Seth Fenton   (B.F.A. ’14)

Jenna Hannum   (B.F.A. ’15)

Kyndra Mack   (B.F.A. ’13)

Carson McCain   (B.F.A. ’14)

Chinyere Oputa   (B.F.A. ’14)

Elizabeth Peterson  (B.F.A. ’13)

Jakeem Powell  (B.F.A. ’14)

Bailee Rayle   (B.F.A. ’14)

Mary Brennan Reich   (B.F.A. ’14)

Hunter Ringsmith   (B.F.A. ’13)

Derick Rodgers  (B.F.A. ’13)

Kelsey Smith   (B.F.A. ’14)

Jared Wilson   (B.F.A. ’14)

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