‘Measure 4 Measure’ July 30 Benefit Show to Raise Funds to Send Students to World’s Largest Arts Festival in Scotland

| Published: July 13, 2016

‘Measure 4 Measure’ July 30 Benefit Show to Raise Funds to Send Students to World’s Largest Arts Festival in Scotland

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Fans of William Shakespeare and comedy lovers alike are invited to the Island University for one final benefit performance of “Measure 4 Measure (Abridged),” presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The play will take place on Saturday, July 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Wilson Theatre, located in the Center for the Arts.

The show is a final push to raise funds for eight students and three faculty to travel to Scotland to take part in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the largest arts festival in the world dating back to 1947. The festival takes place each year in August for three weeks in Scotland’s capital city. Learn more about the Edinburgh Festival Fringe at https://www.edfringe.com/.

The TAMU-CC students will perform “Measure 4 Measure (Abridged)” on four different days, August 5-9, during the festival.

“We’re excited to provide our students with this once-in-a-lifetime experience of being part of this premiere arts festival,” said J. Don Luna, Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance, who received the invite. “This is the place for serious students to be exposed to various elements of stage, theatre and music and connect with talented people from around the world. We’ve been working on the details of this trip since January and our final benefit show will be sure to excite the crowd.”

“Measure 4 Measure” follows a series of promiscuous misfits in Vienna, Austria, as they try to save the life of Claudio, a young gentleman who has been unjustly sentenced to death. In the play, five Texas A&M-Corpus Christi students will present 15 characters in 55 minutes that are sure to have “the Bard” (Shakespeare) howling from his 400 year-old grave. It’s the year of Shakespeare, so celebrate and measure your laughs with Lucio, Pompey, Angelo, Isabella and the rest of this merry band.

The group received an invitation to perform overseas back in 2014 and raised funds in 2015.  

Students attending the trip are:

  • B. Connor Flynn, actor playing Duke Vincentio
  • Darcie Grim, sound designer
  • Ben Hudson, actor playing Angelo and Claudio
  • Katia Mendizabal, actress playing Pompey and Mariana
  • Austin Nylander, lighting designer
  • Cynthia Perry, actress playing Isabella and Provost Quint
  • Thomas Valdez, actor playing Lucio and the Provost
  • Nancy Yanez, stage manager

Also traveling to Scotland will be Kelly Russell, Professor of Theatre and Director of the Department of Theatre and Dance; Alison Frost, Associate Professor of Theatre; both of whom are directing the play, and Kevin Loeffler, Assistant Professor of Theatre, who is in charge of technical direction and design.

On the night of the benefit show, the University Theatre Box Office, located in the Center for the Arts, will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are now available for purchase online at www.CorpusStage.com. The cost for students, faculty, staff and the public to attend is $10 per person. The show is for mature audiences only. For more information, call 361.825.3077; or email Susie.jarvis@tamucc.edu.

Photo IDS from left (top row): B. Connor Flynn, Cynthia Perry, Ben Hudson, Katia Mendizabal

Bottom row: Thomas Valdez