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Murray State is honoring a theatre alum now working on the silver screen and television.

W. Earl Brown will receive the Outstanding Alumni Award at the College of Humanities and Fine Arts' annual A Taste of the Arts Dinner and Auction next Thursday.

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A Murray State alumnus and former Paducah resident is providing the English voice for a Japanese icon in a series of films.

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Curtains! is a musical comedy/murder mystery about a failing musical about the classic story of Robin Hood, and includes a series of murders on set as the musical is prepared for it's opening. A lieutenant comes by to solve the case and fix the artistic problems of the show as well. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with musical director Dr. Chris Mitchell, director Maribeth Crawford and lead actor Logan Sapp.

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Murray State's Theatre Department conjures Shakespeare's The Tempest Thursday through Sunday in the Robert E. Johnson Theatre of Doyle Fine Arts. Director Daryl Phillipy talks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about the "fantastic spectacle" of a show, complete with magical elements and a steampunk aesthetic.

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Everyone has their own style and feel of what the dream world is like, but what is like to experience someone else's dream? Murray State University Department of Theatre faculty Daryl Phillipy and Matthew Crider visit Sounds Good to preview an original theatre work, "That Dream You Had Last Night," which grew out of dream journaling by a class of students, including the nightmare sequence, this weekend in the Wilson Hall Studio Theatre.

Murray State University's Department of Music and Theatre offer a big Broadway musical-live orchestra production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific" tonight, tomorrow and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte met with the Department of Music's Randy Black and Todd Hill and Theatre's Chair David Balthrop to learn more abut the vocal and orchestral performances and putting the production together.

When CB's dog dies from rabies, he begins to question the existence of an afterlife. His sister has gone goth, his ex-girlfriend has been institutionalized., and his other friends are too inebriated to give him solace. Drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion and sexual identity collide toward an ending that's both haunting and hopeful. Murray State Theatre's Daryl Phillipy joins Tracy Ross on Sounds Good to preview this weekend's mature-audiences production of Bert V. Royals' "Dog Sees God - Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead" - a parody inspired by the comic strip "Peanuts" by Charles Schulz.

"Frankly, my dear, this is one funny play…a rip-roaring farce…[with] witty, pointed dialogue and hilarious situations…" —NY Daily News.


We're pleased to offer another installment in our occasional series about young people who grew up in West Kentucky who are creating careers with success in major market areas. Writing for the Marshall County Tribune-Courier, Venita Fritz reports that Angie Gregory's nickname at Marshall County High was "Hollywood." And the nickname foretold the life. The daughter of Diane Gregory and the late Earl Gregory of Draffenville, the Murray State Grad is now working in the television industry in Los Angeles, with a show on the Bio Channel to air tomorrow night. Angie Gregory spoke with Kate Lochte about her recent resurgence.

MSU Theatre presents Oliver Goldsmith's "She Stoops to Conquer or The Mistakes of a Night" this weekend in Robert E. Johnson Theatre. The production is an Irish comedy by Oliver Goldsmith, about a young lady posing as a serving girl to win the heart of a shy young gentleman. Deceits stack up into hilarious twists and turns over the course of a single evening. Faculty director Matthew Crider previews the show on Sounds Good.