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4/21/2016
Contact: Zina L. Carter  979-532-6417

WHO LET THE DOGS OUT?

WCJC Drama Department’s children’s show features canine antics


Wharton County Junior College Drama Department student Jenna Holik of El Campo practices being the “Chihuahua” in the upcoming production of Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks. The show is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at the Horton Foote Theatre in the Duson-Hansen Fine Arts Building on the Wharton campus.

The Wharton County Junior College Drama Department is going to the dogs – and that should be a very entertaining thing to see.

From Friday, April 22, to Saturday, April 23, the Drama Department will present its annual children’s show. This year’s play – held at 7 p.m. both nights at the Horton Foote Theatre on the Wharton campus – will be Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks, a production that tells the story from a dog’s eye view.

WCJC Drama Instructor Jami Hughes said she first saw the production at last year’s Texas Community College Speech and Theatre Association’s Play Festival and knew she wanted to give it a try.

“We thought it was kind of cute and it’s hard finding good children’s scripts,” Hughes said. “I thought it would be fun to do an original piece.”

The plot centers on “Professor Pooch” and her dog-training class and basically entails a group of breeds who are learning to become more subservient to their masters. For the play, student actors don dog ears, furry faces and, of course, tails.

“Makeup and costume design have been challenging,” Hughes said. “I didn’t want too much. It can look tacky and dirty. What we ended up with is very simple and yet effective.”

Hughes credited WCJC student Shanna Schroeder from Edna with coming up with the perfect design.

“She has done a fantastic job,” Hughes said.

Cast and crew for Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks include:

• Professor Pooch – Megan Poffenbarger of San Antonio

• Poodle – Sheila Begin of Austin

• Mutt – Cameron Hardee of Sugar Land

• Labrador Retriever – Blade Rodriguez of El Campo

• Pug – David Arvizu of El Campo

• Siberian Husky – Patric Tiko of Sugar Land

• German Shepard – Isaac Cox of Beasley

• Chihuahua – Jenna Holik of El Campo

• St. Bernard – Mi Mi Muhammad of Milwaukee, Wis.

• Bulldog – Ellie Wright of Edna

• Feline – Shannah Nelson of Needville

Hughes said the WCJC Drama Department regularly presents a children’s show to round out its spring schedule. She said area elementary schools are invited and day performances are scheduled to accommodate the students.

“I am very pleased with this production and encourage both young and old alike not to miss it,” she said.

The WCJC Drama Department will present Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 22, and Saturday, April 23, at the Horton Foote Theatre in the Duson-Hansen Fine Arts Building on the Wharton campus. The show is open to the public and free of charge.

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