Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Department of Theatre and Dance Delights Young Audiences with ‘Mother Hicks’

Published: August 07, 2015

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Department of Theatre and Dance Delights Young Audiences with ‘Mother Hicks’

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – “Mother Hicks,” a family-friendly play put on by the Department of Theatre and Dance at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, delighted an audience of more than 400 people, including 120 children from local YMCA summer camps.

“Mother Hicks” was directed by Kelly Russell, Associate Professor of Theatre and Director of the Department of Theatre and Dance. The play had four performances from July 30 to Aug. 1.

“The Department of Theatre and Dance strives to offer a variety of content throughout our season, including classical plays, musicals, and contemporary comedies and dramas.  Each summer, we choose a play that will appeal to young audiences and families,” said Russell. “Over the past several summers, we have done shows like ‘Alice in Wonderland’, ‘Pinocchio’, and ‘Charlie Brown’ – plays that catch people’s attention because the titles are familiar. This year, I wanted to offer children a story they maybe hadn’t seen before.”

“Mother Hicks” is an award-winning play that tells a tale of alienation and acceptance through poetry and sign language. Set during the Great Depression, it chronicles the journeys of three outsiders to find themselves, and each other. A young deaf man, an orphan girl called simply “Girl” and a mysterious older woman live on the outskirts of society. The older woman, Mother Hicks, is rumored to be a witch – as the play progresses, the characters discover the truth about who they really are.

 “It’s awesome to have played a role like this, because there is a little bit of myself in the character,” said Hannah Kellar, the student actor who played the character of Mother Hicks. “Although it’s challenging to be involved in a production of this level, it’s also a lot of fun, and I thoroughly enjoy myself on stage.”

Theatre majors at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi not only performed all of the roles in the production, but also designed the scenery, props, lighting, and sound.