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City of Brenham honors Blinn College Theatre Arts Program

Brenham Mayor Milton Y. Tate presents proclamation to program leaders

November 22, 2016

Glitter and Gold
Blinn College celebrated a half century of theatre this weekend with its production of “Glitter & Gold: 50 Years of Theatre” at the Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center.

Mayor Milton Y. Tate and the Brenham City Council recognized the Blinn College Theatre Arts Program on Thursday, Nov. 17, for 50 years of success during its recent meeting.

The proclamation, read by Tate, highlighted several of the program’s many accomplishments since its inception in 1967.

“The mission of the Blinn College Theatre Arts Program in Brenham and Bryan is to provide a quality education through study, application, and experience. Blinn is committed to engaging the college and area communities with a diverse offering of venues, interactions, and performances,” Mayor Tate said.

The meeting was attended by Blinn – Brenham Campus Theatre Arts Director Brad Nies, Assistant Academic Dean Dr. Debbi Vavra, Academic Dean Dr. Marcelo Bussiki and Executive Vice President and General Counsel Mel Waxler.

“This is one of the highest honors that can be given to the Theatre Arts Program,” Nies said. “The proclamation demonstrates that we not only serve our students, but we also provide quality entertainment for our community.”

Nies, who has been with the Theatre Arts Program for 26 years, said part of what makes the theatre so successful is the family-like atmosphere and the hard work put in by everyone involved.

Blinn celebrated its 50th anniversary with “Glitter and Gold: 50 Years of Theatre” this last weekend. The Blinn-Brenham Theatre Arts Program’s next performance will be “Lee Harvey Oswald: A Far Mean Streak of Indepence Brought on by Negleck,” which follows the life of Oswald through the eyes of his wife, mother, and the Warren Commission’s report. The show opens at 7 p.m. Feb. 23-25 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 in the Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased in advance at, by calling 979-830-4024, or by emailing