Arts and Entertainment

AC Theatre presents Inspector Rufflethorpe: ‘The Twitshyre Murder Case’

By Anthony E. Palermo

Experience the fun and excitement of old-time radio drama accompanied by musical score and live sound effects! This classic British detective story is set in an English manor with a fresh corpse and a long list of eccentric suspects! Inspector Rufflethorpe of Scotland Yard and his assistant Sgt. Frimly, are called to a country manor in Margate to investigate the mysterious death of Lord Archibald Farquhar-Bensington. It’s a live radio drama complete with a ghostly séance, a series of baffling murders, and a monument to deductive logic when the culprit is finally unmasked!

Cast list for Inspector Rufflethorpe ‘The Twitshyre Murder Case’:

Inspector RufflethorpeKatie Hargroue

Sergeant FrimlyDavon Oliver

Lady BensingtonTari Dean            

Constable Dixon – Ben Reynolds    

Countess ValeskaAlyssa Moss

Cedric CrumptonCody Carter

Gretchen LaytherlyMeredith Taylor

Colonel FrothinghamPhilip T. Reynolds

Ralph StellsmoreCedric Carson Jr.

ChalmersNicholos Trusclair

Reginald Skelmsdale River Delcambre

Madam Hillswick- Grider Killam

ElsieTrinity Galloway              

AnnouncerJade Wilson

Sound Effect ArtistDianna Saenz, Deondre Bookman

Sound EngineerMeredith Taylor

DirectorAndrew Reed

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Jennifer Wester brings art to gallery

Interdisciplinary artist Jennifer Wester will bring her unique approach to art to Angelina College in an exhibition titled “Seeing Time,” scheduled to run from March 3 to March 25 in the Angelina Center for the Arts Gallery. 

An artist’s reception will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3 in the ACA foyer.

Previously an Olympic skater, Wester’s exhibit will include works from her action painting series in which she employs her skating background while skating across the canvas to display her physical balance and movement. 

Wester also will present sculptural work drawn from those two-dimensional prints and paintings.

Wester works in various mediums, including metal, paint, light, ink, audio and performance mediums. From the artist’s website:

“(Wester) often explores line as object and communication tool, as well as interaction motives, both algorithmic and impulsive. Her work visually embraces chaos while often being created in a very orderly manner. She often composes work with and about residues and indexes of body, movement, and processes. Highlights in Wester’s career as an emerging artist have been her performance and videographic works shown at the SOLUNA Festival in 2018 and the CICA Museum in 2019, grants with the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs in 2019 for her line and action paper art experiences and receiving a Meadows Award from Southern Methodist University in 2019 to pursue a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art.”

Wester’s competitive skating career led to numerous accolades; along with her partner and husband Daniil Barantsev, Wester was the 2007 Nebelhorn Trophy champion and the 2008 ISU Four Continents fourth-place finisher behind Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir (Olympic champions in 2010 and 2018), Meryl Davis and Charlie White (Olympic Champions 2014) and Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentre. Wester and Barantsev also were the 2008 World Championship first alternates for Team USA.  

Wester continued skating professionally before attending and graduating from Yale University with a degree in computing and the arts. 

She became a professional artist based out of Dallas, Texas.

From the artist’s statement:

“Presence. Awareness. Agency.
“These are the words I’m most interested in as of late. My practice centers itself in the desire to elevate the inner self through systematic psychological triggers that shift one’s conscious voice from that of doubt to that of ability. I seek to engage a breath of possibilities too long absent, if ever before present, in the viewer’s conscience. I want to spark a sense of agency and affirming engagement with the visual and spatial world…so strong that it ripples outward long after.”

Admission to the events is free. 

For further information, contact ACA Gallery Curator Le’Anne Alexander at

Jennifer Wester demonstrates her unique approach to art. 

Arts Alliance presents ‘An American in Paris’

The Angelina Arts Alliance will present the musical “An American in Paris” Saturday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m at Temple Theater. 

In post-war Paris, romance is in the air and youthful optimism reigns. Melodies by George and Ira Gershwin are matched by gravity-defying dance as the audience will rediscover the power of love in this production. 

Hoping to start a new life, World War II veteran Jerry Mulligan chooses newly-liberated Paris as the place to make a name for himself as a painter. 

But Mulligan’s life becomes complicated when he meets Lise, a young Parisian shop girl with her own secret, and realizes he is not her only suitor. 

Winner of four Tony Awards and inspired by the Academy Award-winning film, this production features well-known Gershwin songs including “I Got Rhythm,” “Liza,” “ ‘S Wonderful,” “But Not for Me” and “Stairway to Paradise.” 

Angelina College offers free rush tickets to every AC student (with a valid student ID) for all Performing Arts Series performances this season. Students may obtain their free tickets by arriving at the box office no earlier than one hour before show time. 

All AC faculty and staff members receive a 15 percent discount on all Performing Arts Series performances.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Temple Theater Box Office Monday through Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. or call (936) 633-5454, or go online at 

Details and video clips for this performance and the entire new season are on the Arts Alliance website. 

Follow Angelina Arts Alliance on Facebook for late-breaking news, photos, videos and ticket giveaways. 

The Angelina Arts Alliance is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to present a wide array of diverse, quality performing arts, along with educational and family performances, which collectively enrich, engage and educate the community.

Jazz Festival comes to Angelina College

By Justin Keiffer


Angelina College will host a Jazz Festival on Thursday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hudgins Hall Auditorium, featuring the Jazz Reach Metta Quintet, along with the AC Jazz Combo and Big Band. 

The event will start with a non-competitive event that is open to all skill levels and grade levels; however, big bands or combos performing in the event must pay an entry fee. 

Individual awards will be presented in a ceremony for outstanding soloist, rhythmist and a number of other areas.  

Audience members will get in free to the festival.

During the semester, AC jazz students, directed by Larry Greer, will hold occasional off- campus performances for scholarship donations. 

A total of nine active students make up the Jazz Combo, seven of whom are on a scholarship. 

Greer said his favorite jazz musician and music are Miles Davis, the album “Kind of Blues” and the song “ All Blues.”

Introduction of dog causes marriage problems

Photos by Esmeralda Ramos

AC theatre students Devon Oliver as Greg the husband, Michael’a Langston as Kate the wife and Lindsey Dobbins as Sylvia the dog, dressed in black, act out scenes from the play “Sylvia” during a dress rehearsal. The play involved a husband bringing home a stray dog by the name of Sylvia he found in the park. It was presented in the Temple Theater Feb. 27, 28 and 29.

Photo by Joshua Giles

Meredith Taylor, AC stage operations manager, gives pointers to AC  theatre student Riley Elledge, right, about props for the comedy “Sylvia” to be performed Feb. 27-29 in Temple Theater.

Sylvia arrives at AC this month at Temple Theater

The theatre department of Angelina College will present the comedy “Sylvia” by A.R. Gurney Feb. 27-29 at 7:30 p.m. in Temple Theater.

The story explores marriage and man’s best friend, a dog named Sylvia, and is set in New York City.

Playing Sylvia will be Lindsey Dobbins. 

Other members of the cast include Davon Oliver as Greg, Michael’a Langston as Kate, Cedric Carson as Tom, Alyssa Moss as Phyllis and Jade Wilson as Leslie.

Directing the show and performing the duties of master carpenter will be Andrew Reed, AC theatre instructor.

Members of the production crew are Meredith Taylor, production/technical manager and scenic/ projection designer; Tari Dean, stage manager; Dobbins as light director; Jamie Hill, master electrician; and Tyler Arnold, sound designer.

Other production crew members include Alana Meshell, costume designer; Dobbins and Wilson, costume assistants; Moss, properties master; Cynthis Hughes, A1 sound operator; Cody Carter, light board operator; Nicholos Trusclair, projection operator; and River Delcambre, run crew.

Music Forum in Hudgins Hall

Photo by Josh Giles

AC student Sarah Cook, right,  sings :The Sky Above the Roof” as AC music instructor Beckie Compton accompanies her at the Black Box Theatre in the Angelina Center for the Arts  on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

Contributed Photo

All -State Choir at the 100th Texas Music Educators Association convention in San Antonio Saturday, Feb. 15. Shown left to right are AC music instructor Beckie Compton; Mikaela Mathews, soprano 1; Milak Ross, tenor 2; conductor and clinician Dr. Eugene Rogers from the University of Michigan; Robyn Adams, alto 2; and Quavious Johnson, tenor 1. 

AC students make All-State Choir

Photo by Nylan Holifield

AC music students who made the Texas Two-Year All-State Choir include, from left,  Quavious Johnson, Milak Ross, Robyn Adams and Mikaela Mathews. They will join other singers from community colleges across Texas in a mass choir of about 135 during the Texas Music Educator’s Association Convention Feb. 12-15 in San Antonio. Music instructor Beckie Compton is shown playing the piano during rehearsal.  

Spring painting class meets 

Photos by Josh Giles

AC art instructor Le’Anne Alexander gives some pointers to AC student Elora Flowers during the spring painting course. 
Students participate in an AC painting course that is being offered for the first time in five years.  

‘The Choir of Man’ to come to Temple Theater

The Angelina Arts Alliance will present “The Choir of Man” on Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Temple Theater as part of its 2020 North American tour. 

Known across the globe as “the ultimate feel-good show,” “The Choir of Man” offers 90 minutes of harmonies, high-energy dance and live percussion with foot-stomping choreography set in a real, working pub. 

The cast of nine blokes sings everything – pub tunes, folk, Broadway, classic rock. 

One of the show’s producers, Nic Doodson, said, “After a whirlwind kick-off US tour in 2018, the guys have spent the last months touring the UK and Australia, and they are ready to bring this show back to American audiences! This concert is such a great time for all – whether it’s a ladies night, first date, guys night out or even a bachelorette party! 

“So grab your best mates, and we’ll see you at the venue…the first pint is on us (seriously).”

The show celebrates music that has wide appeal, including songs by Adele, Queen, Paul Simon, Katy Perry, Red Hot Chili Peppers and more.

 The cast features world-class tap dancers, singers, and instrumentalists.

To add a local flare, this performance is sponsored in part by the Angelina Brewing Company, and its beer will be served on stage as part of the actual performance, which features a real working pub. Audience members of legal drinking age will be invited on stage prior to the performance for a complimentary pint of the beer with the actors.

“The Choir of Man” was created by Andrew Kay, who also created the Soweto Gospel Choir, “Noise Boys,” “Gobsmacked!” and the award-winning “North by Northwest;” and co-creator Nic Doodson, who also created The Magnets, “Gobsmacked!,” and “Noise Boys.” 

Tickets to “The Choir of Man” are available at the Temple Theater Box Office. Call 936-633-5454 or buy online at

For more information, please visit Follow the guys on Facebook (/thechoirofman), Twitter (@choirofman) and Instagram (@choirofman). 

The Angelina Arts Alliance is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to present a wide array of diverse, quality performing arts, along with educational and family performances which collectively enrich, engage and educate the community.

The Choir of Man

Digital video class shoots film for promo

Photos by Justin Keiffer

AC Digital Video students Kenneth Thaxton, upper left, Matthew Gresham, lower left, and Esmeralda Ramos, far right, prepare for a film shoot along with movie props specialist Tom Townsend.
AC graphic arts instructor Reginald Reynolds guides students Craig Reese, left, and Esmeralda Ramos on filming techniques using a GoPro camera.  

Live Poets Recital

Photos by Joshua Giles

Benetha Jackson, AC psychology instructor and sponsor of the Live Poets, opens the poetry reading Tuesday, Feb. 4 in the Angelina Center for the Arts Gallery.

Joe Deason, author of the book “Legacy” and member of the AC board of trustees, speaks about his autobiography during the reception for the Black History Month art exhibit Tuesday, Feb. 4.

Black History Month exhibit opens

Photos by Josh Giles

Gary Roberts, local area artist, talks to AC graphic arts student Cameron Jones about his work shown in the Black History Month art exhibit. 
Artist Blake Bean, left, and former AC art instructor Robbie Roach talk about his work in the Black History Month art exhibit.

Illustrations by Nylan Holifield

Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Christian minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience.

Black History Month events kick off

 By Craig Reese


Angelina College’s Art Gallery is hosting a Black History Month Art Exhibition readings of original poetry by local poets beginning Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m. The exhibit will end Feb. 27.

Exhibiting their work are local artist, including Blake Bean, Kamarie Clark, Evangelist Sybrenna Land-Davis, Dwight Gipson, Belinda Moore, Karen Moore-Christopher, Gary Roberts and AC graphic arts student Nylan Holifield. 

Also,  Joe Deason, a writer and former Lufkin educator, will speak about his experience being one of the only black educators in Lufkin for many years. Copies of his book “Legacy” will be available for purchase.

The poets, AC students and members of the community led by AC psychology instructor, Benetha Jackson, will bring in a praise group called Kings of the Kingdom from the Kingdom Harvest Ministries church.

Also on Feb. 4, AC’s Student Life Coordinator, Jordan LaCaille, will host a Black History discussion beginning at 7 p.m. in Hudgins Hall. Scheduled is a showing of the film “13th” from director Ava DuVernay; the film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards.

In addition to the art exhibit, the curator of the gallery, AC instructor, Le’Anne Alexander, said: “There will be a public art project where I’m inviting everyone to bring a photo of a loved one or a public figure to add to an open wall of ‘memories, hope and influence.’ I hope many photos are added over the course of the exhibition. They can, of course, get them back when the show comes down. 

“We will also ask for written comments or names to be added to the wall. There will be paper and pencil available in the gallery for comments to be added while there. I hope it will grow and be a beautiful expression added to by hundreds of people this coming month.”

For more information on the event, please contact Alexander at or Jackson at

Contributed photo

This drawing by local artist Dwight Gipson is being shown in the Angelina Center for the Arts Gallery as part of the Black History Month exhibit. 

Members of jazz band rehearse

Photos by Josh Giles

Members of the AC Swingin’ Roadrunner Jazz Band Aaron Mason, drums; Garrett Newton, guitar; and Daniel Kiesel, bass, rehearse for an upcoming concert. 

Aaron Mason, member of the AC Swingin’ Roadrunner Jazz Band, rehearses on the drums for an upcoming concert in the Band Hall at Hudgins Hall on Thursday, Jan. 23.

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater to be performed in January at Temple

The Angelina Arts Alliance will present “Popovich Comedy Pet Theater” Sunday, Jan. 5 at 2 p.m. at Temple Theater. The show is part of AAA’s annual Discovery Series.

Starring Gregory Popovich, the show features European-style circus extravaganza including physical comedy, juggling, acrobats from the Moscow Circus, dogs and house cats. All of the pets are rescued animals and are trained using positive reinforcement techniques that enhance their natural abilities.

As a fifth generation circus performer, Popovich learned early how to develop strong bonds with the animals he rescues from shelters all over the country. He won a gold medal in Paris, France, and a special award in Monte Carlo. 

Popovich and his pets were finalists on “America’s Got Talent;” were guests on TV shows with Jay Leno, David Letterman and Craig Ferguson; and were featured on “Animal Planet;” etc. 

For this event, AAA has partnered with three local animal charities: Kurth Memorial Animal Shelter, Wendy’s Misfits and the Winnie Berry Humane Society. The alliance will be promoting an animal food drive and adoption drive that will take place at Temple Theater prior to and after the performance.

“These organizations are dedicated to the safety and welfare of homeless dogs and cats in Angelina County and beyond,” AAA Executive Director Jennifer Allen said. “We are proud to promote their work in conjunction with this hilarious, family-friendly show that is all about our love for animals. We hope everyone will come see this wonderful show, bring a donation of food, adopt a pet and support three amazing charities that do such important work in our community. I can’t think of a better way to start the New Year!”

All patrons are encouraged to bring at least one bag of dry dog or cat food (3 lbs. or more) to support the animals served by the local animal charities. 

Patrons who donate dog or cat food will receive one complimentary ticket to the next Discovery Series performance at Temple Theater (“The Underwater Bubble Show”) March 29, 2020. All food collected that day will be distributed evenly between the charities participating.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Temple Theater Box Office Monday through Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., call (936) 633-5454 or go online at Follow Angelina Arts Alliance on Facebook for late-breaking news, photos, videos and ticket giveaways.

The Angelina Arts Alliance is a 501(c )3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to present a wide array of diverse, quality performing arts, along with educational and family performances that collectively enrich, engage and educate the community.

Visual arts students exhibit works

Angelina College’s department of visual arts will present its fall student exhibition held in the Angelina Center for the Arts Gallery from Tuesday, Nov. 26 through Dec. 10.

Students from Le’Anne Alexander’s Basic Drawing and 2D Design classes will be showing their works. These courses are aimed at developing basic drawing and composition skills. 

Students exhibiting their works include Aubrie Arellano, Kayla Bergeron, Henry Buruca, Ra’Nese Canada, Hector Castillo, Hunter Cruz, Eliberto Cuellar, Dona Gibbs, Josh Giles, Ivan Guerrero, Guillermo Gutierrez, Sonia Huitron, Tamara Jackson and Suneimy Luna Vega.

Also, Caitlyn Meyers, Brooke Mochman, Matthew Nunn, Daphne Ortiz, Eliana Padilla, Austin Pena, Lizeth Rodriguez, Joseph Rojo, Audrey Romo, Venessa Soto, Holly Stephens, Kenneth Thaxton and Juan Zamora.

Alexander has been an instructor at Angelina College since 2013, first studying at the Art Students League of New York City and later receiving her master’s degree in fine arts from Stephen F. Austin State University. Her work may be viewed at

For more information about the visual arts program, contact Alexander at (936) 633-5239 or by email at

Painting by Josh Giles that is part of the Visual Arts Student Exhibition.

AC Chorale and Friends set concert to honor veterans, celebrate Christmas

The AC Chorale and Friends will present their sixth annual Christmas and salute to veterans concert titled “Holiday, Hope and Honor” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in Temple Theater.

The concert will start with a parade for veterans to “American Overture,” arranged by Camp Kirkland, and performed by the East Texas Praise Symphony. 

The salute to veterans will continue with the symphony playing “Here’s to the Military,” arranged by Mauldin and Watts; the Pledge of Allegiance; and the Narrow Road Quartet, made up of Bryan Compton, Ron Rawls, Billy Forrest and Micah Shaffer, singing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Also, the AC Chorale and Friends, along with the East Texas Praise Symphony, will perform “Because of the Brave,” arranged by Bob Krogstad, and “God Bless the U.S.A.,” arranged by David Schmidt. For this last song, they will be joined by Billy Forrest, tenor, and Joe Jones, tenor.

Both groups will perform “God Bless America,” arranged by Keith Christopher. 

A group of Hudson second-graders called Bonner Tunes under the direction of Susan Martin will perform “Thank a Vet” and “Christmas Jubilation.”

The East Texas Praise Symphony will present “Light and Life Overture,” arranged by Camp Kirkland.

To start the Christmas part of the program, the Fourth-Grade Central Recorder Team under the direction of Pam McClendon will perform “Kris Kringle’s Jingle Thingle,” arranged by M.C. Handel.

Also, the AC Chorale and Friends and the East Texas Praise Symphony will perform “Irving Berlin’s Christmas,” arranged by Mark Brymer, and “Various Themes on Fa-La-La,” arranged by Chuck Bridwell with orchestra arrangement by Cary Eaves.

The AC Chorale and Friends will sing “A Merry Carol of the Bells,” arranged by Jay Rouse, and “O Come All Ye Faithful,” arranged by Pentatonix and adapted by Jacob Narverud.

The East Texas Praise Symphony will perform “Christmas Fantasy,” arranged by Dan Goeller.

The AC Chorale and Friends, featuring soprano Mikaela Mathews, accompanied by the symphony, will sing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” arranged by Mark Hayes; and the concert will end with the Chorale and the symphony, along with Bonner Tunes, performing “Do You Hear What I Hear?” arranged by Robert Sterling.

AC Chorale and Friends practice for the sixth annual “Holiday Hope and Honor” concert in December.
Garret Newton practices for the Angelina College Jazz Combo concert Nov. 19

Jazz Combo, Big Band perform concert

The Angelina College Jazz Combo and the AC Big Band shared the stage in AC’s Hudgins Hall on Tuesday, Nov.19 in a fall performance geared toward music fans of different genres.  

Director Larry Greer led the program with his musicians resurrecting selections from contemporary music and jazz standards.

The jazz combo played classic jazz standards arranged by Greer for a small group setting. The set list included selections from Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane and Richard Rodgers, to name a few. 

Performers for the Jazz Band included Morgan Robertson from Groveton, trumpet; Andrea Leaman from Crockett, trumpet; Sarah Cook from Lufkin, tenor saxophone; Christian Turbeville from Hudson, alto saxophone; Daniel Kiesel from Lufkin, bass; Garrett Newton from Hudson, guitar; Tyler Dover from Livingston, drum set; Aaron Mason from Huntington, drum set/auxilliary percussion; and Greer, piano/director. 

Some of the numbers performed include “My Funny Valentine,” “Blue Train,” “Watch What Happens” and others. 

Greer, a music instructor for AC’s Visual and Performing Arts, assembles his unique blend of college musicians as each semester progresses, measuring their talents to see just where they fit into the various bands. He then showcases those talents in fall and spring concerts that have become one of the area’s most popular musical attractions.  

The AC Big Band consists of the following personnel: Saxophones – Jimmy Simmons on alto 1, Michael Parrish on alto, Dixon Shanks on tenor, Christian Turbeville on tenor and Bethe Girardi on baritone; Trombones – Ken Barnes on lead, Robert Shanks, Melvin Eckman and Jimmy Battle on bass; Trumpets – Eduardo Rocha, Max Mucino, Steven Brown, Mel Miller and Ricky Gay; Rhythm Section – Eric Chinn on piano, J.D. Salas on bass, Mark Saldana on drum set and Greer on guitar. 

Numbers performed included “Night Train,” “This Masquerade,” “It Had to Be You” and others. 

For more information, contact the office of AC’s Visual and Performing Arts at (936) 633-5236.

‘Grease’ comes to AC

Angelina College’s theatre and music departments will present “Grease” in Temple Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 15 and 16 and at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16. All tickets are free.

The musical tells the story of friendships, romance and adventures of a group of high school students in the 1950s. 

The list of characters includes Ashley Johnson as Jan, Samantha Johnson as Marty, Cassidy Kelly as Betty Rizzo, Colin Wise as Doody, Eric Smith as Roger, Cody Carter as Kenickie, Deondre Bookman as Sonny LaTierri and River Delcambre as Eugene Florczyk.

Other characters are Ashton Morris as Frenchy, Raquel Rothschild as Sandy Dumbrowski, Jordan Dietz as Danny Zuko, Retha Powers as Miss Lynch, Eryn Forrest as Patty Simcox, Don Wilson Glenn as Vince Fontaine, Heather Self as Cha-Cha DeGregorio and Ben Reynolds as Teen Angel and Johnny Casino.

The beauty school angels and high school dancers include Leigh Ann Hughes, Julia Casey, Reagan Wren, Alana Meshell and Lindsey Dobbins, and the other high school students include Jade Wilson, Dristin Allen, Trinity Galloway and Cedric Carson Jr.

“Raining on Prom Night” radio singers are Casey, Hughes and Sarah Jackson.

Members of the orchestra include David McArthur and Amanda Burns on tenor saxophone, Ken Reynolds on lead guitar, Lee Miller on bass guitar, Tom Corbitt on drums and conductor Beckie Compton on keyboard.

Members of the production crew include Andrew Reed and Meredith Taylor as directors, Compton as music director, Jackson as choreographer, Alyssa Moss as stage manager, Tari Dean as assistance stage manager, Taylor as scenic designer and technical manager, Jamie Hill as lighting designer, Powers as costume head, Wilson as props manager, Tyler Arnold as sound designer, Andrew Harper and Qurdale Huff as sound operators, Riley Elledge as run crew chief, Henry Tovar as run crew and Tyler Bentley and Jeremy Barber as spotlight operators.

The orchestration for the songs “Grease is the Word” and “You’re the One that I Want” was prepared by AC adjunct music instructor Jimmy Battle, and the orchestration for “Those Magic Changes” and “Hopelessly Devoted to You” was prepared by music instructor Compton, who also orchestrated the vocals for “Raining on Prom Night.”

The book, music and lyrics are by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey.

Photo by Lizeth Rodriguez

Raquel Rothschild as Sandy and Jordan Dietz as Danny in the play “Grease” on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 16 at 2:30 p.m.

Members of the AC singers include, standing left to right, Robyn Adams, Quavious Johnson, Emily Forrest, Xavion Brown, Kari Naumann; second row, Milak Ross, Andrew Harper, Nicholas Trusclair; and front, Sophia Alegria, costume manager.

Graphic art students exhibit work

Craig Reese,


The Graphic Arts Student Exhibition opened in the ACA art gallery on Tuesday, Nov, 5.

Art projects from the classes of Editing and Layout, Digital Publishing II, Photography I, Computer Art, Digital Imaging II, Field Production and Lufkin High School also had it’s Digital Imaging I were displayed at the show.

Reginald Reynolds, graphic arts instructor; Jan Anderson-Paxson, photography instructor; Le’Anne Alexander art gallery curator; and Lufkin High School photography inatructor Sean Dupre’ spoke to attendees about their classes’ work. 

Photo by Lizeth Rodriguez

Visitors look at work during the Graphic Arts Exhibit Opening Nov. 5.

SFA art instructor exhibits work

Neal Cox

Angelina College’s Visual and Performing Arts will host in October “Counting Grids,” an exhibition of works by Stephen F. Austin State University art instructor Neal Cox.

The show runs Oct. 1-31 at the Angelina Center for the Arts Gallery on the AC campus. An artist’s reception is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1 in the ACA foyer. 

The artist’s statement said, “Over the last ten years, Neal Cox has been playing a meditative game in his work. Counting and marking ascending and descending sequences of gridded circles (each sequence separated by a blank), Counting Grids documents an effort to create a visual pattern without pre-determining how that pattern will appear.”

Cox, a native of Provo, Utah, earned his bachelor of art degree in printmaking from Brigham Young University. He was awarded his master’s degree of fine arts in printmaking in 2004 from the University of Texas-San Antonio. He served nearly three years with the UTSA Collaborative Editions program.

Cox’s résumé boasts having taught drawing and printmaking at the Majestic Ranch Arts Foundation in Boerne, Texas; he has also crafted his work abroad with the Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy. 

Both the exhibition and reception are open to the public. There is no charge for admission.

For further information, contact Le’Anne Alexander at

Thespians to present comedy

Angelina College’s version of the iconic comedy “The Odd Couple” by Neil Simon will be presented by the theatre department Oct. 10, 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Temple Theater.

The play, set in the 1960s, tells the story of roommates Oscar the slob Madison and Felix the neat freak Ungar. Guest artists David S. Raine and Don Wilson Glenn will play the lead roles, respectively. Both actors have been active in theatre for more than three decades. Raine teaches theatre at Stephen F. Austin State University, and Glenn is the executive director of the Angelina Community Theatre in Lufkin. 

Other members of the cast include AC students Riley Elledge as Speed, Cody Carter as Murray, Matthew Watts as Roy, Cedric Carson as Vinnie, Cassidy Kelly as Gwendolyn Pigeon and Samantha Johnson as Cecily Pigeon.

Members of the production crew include Kary Raine, AC theatre instructor, as director; Meredith Taylor, AC stage operations manager, as technical director and scenic and lighting designer; Lindsey Dobbins as stage manager; Andrew Reed, AC theatre instructor, as master carpenter; Jamie Hill as sound designer; Tyler Arnold as journeyman; Retha Powers as costumer designer; Cassidy Kelly as costumer assistant; Michele Hill as properties master; Alyssa Moss as A1 sound operator; Tari Dean as light board operator; Alana Meshell as run crew chief; Raquel Rothschild and Matthew Kitchens as run crew; Jonathan Walker as curtain operator; and Henry Tovar as usher.

The play was a hit on Broadway and has lived on through numerous professional touring and revival productions. Also, it was made into a movie in 1968 and a popular television sitcom in the 1970s. Also, three network television shows have been based on the comedy.

Members of the cast, left to right, David Raine, Cody Carter, Riley Elledge, Don Wilson Glenn, Cedric Carson and Matthew Watts rehearse a scene from “The Odd Couple.” The play runs Oct. 10-12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Temple Theater.
“The Odd Couple” cast members rehearse another scene from the play.
AC Jazz Combo members, left to right, Sarah Cook, tenor saxophone; Christian Turbeville, alto saxophone; Morgan Robertson, trumpet; and Andrea Leaman, trumpet, practice for their Oct. 1 concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Hudgins Hall Auditorium.

AC Jazz Combo and AC Chamber Winds set to perform in concert

Angelina College’s Jazz Combo and AC Chamber Winds will team in a concert guaranteed to get the fall performance season kicked off just right.

The musicians will be jamming inside the Hudgins Hall Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1. 

The Combo’s scheduled program includes “Blues in the Closet” by Oscar Pettiford, “Summertime” by George Gershwin and “‘C’ Minor Blues” by Jamey Aebersold. 

The Combo includes both AC students and faculty members. Personnel scheduled to perform are Morgan Robertson from Groveton, trumpet; Andrea Leaman from Crockett, trumpet; Sarah Cook from Lufkin, tenor saxophone; Christian Turbeville from Hudson, alto saxophone; Daniel Kiesel from Lufkin, bass; and Garrett Newton from Hudson, guitar.

Also, Tyler Dover from Livingston, drum set; Aaron Mason from Huntington, drum set and auxiliary percussion; and AC music instructor Larry Greer, piano and director.

The AC Chamber Winds feature musicians from throughout the East Texas area. 

Scheduled performances include “Aztec Fire” by Jay Bocook, “Acclamations” by Ed Huckaby and “Forge of Vulcan” by Michael Sweeney.

Chamber Winds performers are Rose Wilson from Diboll, flute; Megan Turrentine from Groveton, Bb clarinet; Rey Hernandez from Lufkin, Bb clarinet; Robertson on trumpet; Leaman on trumpet; Kiesel on trombone; Keodrick Young from Lufkin, trombone; Jimmy Battle, AC adjunct instructor and director of the Chamber Winds, bass trombone; Carl Wallace guest musician from Diboll, tuba; Mason, percussion; and Zack Foxworth from Warren, percussion.

For further information, contact Larry Greer at

Tyler Dover rocks out on the drums. 
Aaron Mason plays auxiliary percussion.