Blinn-Bryan Theatre Troupe embraces the holiday season with magical retelling of the Nativity

'The Second Shepherd's Play' runs on campus Dec. 4-5 and at downtown Bryan's St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Dec. 6

'The Second Shepherd's Play' runs on campus Dec. 4-5 and at downtown Bryan's St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Dec. 6

November 25, 2019

The Blinn College-Bryan Campus Theatre Arts Program continues its 2019-20 season with “The Second Shepherd’s Play,” a unique retelling of the Nativity edited by Adrian Guthrie.

Blinn-Bryan will present the seasonal show at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 4-5, in Student Center Room F-120 (map). This on-campus performance, approximately an hour long, is part of the Blinn-Bryan Theatre Arts Program’s Blinn-Bryan Theatre Troupe (BBTT), which consists of Blinn theatre students who create short, interactive theatre experiences to encourage cultural and collaborative exchange in the community.

The troupe also will feature two Bryan community performances on the steps of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church on Friday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Attendees of this performance are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or camping stool and in the case of inclement weather, the show will move inside the sanctuary of the church. The play is suitable for families and is approximately 30 minutes long.

Tickets for the campus showings are $5 for students and $10 for the general public. All theatre performances are open seating. Tickets can be purchased at www.blinn.edu/boxoffice/bryan. For questions regarding ticket reservations, contact the Box Office at 979-209-8100 or bryanboxoffice@blinn.edu. Tickets also will be available at the door.

An engaging medieval mystery, “The Second Shepherd’s Play” is a unique manuscript from the Wakefield Cycle, a series of 32 mystery plays originating in England based on the Bible. Noted as the jewel of the series, “The Second Shepherd’s Play” knits together the stories of the shepherds, a wily sheep thief and his wife, and a miracle in a lowly manger.

Following both campus performances, attendees are encouraged to stay for a brief “Talkback” session featuring a discussion with the cast and production team, who will invite the audience to ask questions and share their feedback.

“Theatre was often used in medieval times to teach a primarily illiterate audience about the Bible,” Blinn-Bryan Theatre Director Greg Wise said. “This play celebrates the holiday season while mixing mystery and comedy to highlight the Nativity story.”

Now in its second year, the BBTT continues its successful outreach program that brings live theatre and educational tools and exercises into local schools, community centers, libraries, and retirement communities. As a counterpart to their on-campus shows, the troupe will conduct community performances, which are made possible by a grant from the Eugene Edge III Charitable Trust. For this show, the BBTT will bring “The Second Shepherd’s Play” to the extended Blinn community during downtown Bryan’s monthly First Friday event.

“We are thrilled by the inaugural response the Blinn-Bryan Theatre Troupe received last year,” Wise said. “This outreach enables us to share the arts with the local community and performing during First Friday in Bryan is a wonderful opportunity for Blinn to showcase its talented students and engage with the public, which is the main goal of this initiative.”

Blinn’s Theatre Arts Program hosts a variety of performances each year on its Bryan and Brenham campuses, and integrates the artistic, technical, and academic disciplines of theatre from the classroom to the stage. The Theatre Arts Program is part of Blinn’s Division of Visual/Performing Arts and Kinesiology, which offers courses and hands-on learning opportunities in architecture, arts, communication studies, construction science, kinesiology, music, and theatre.

For more information or to reserve the Blinn-Bryan Theatre Troupe, contact Wise at greg.wise@blinn.edu.

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