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Upbeat comedy takes the stage

Posted on February 17, 2017

MSUM’s School of Performing Arts theatre students will have to summon their bravest selves for the third performance of the academic year. The Full Monty opens Wednesday, Feb. 15, on the Hansen Theatre stage in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts.

A raucous pop-rock musical, The Full Monty tells the story of six unemployed steel workers who put together a strip act to raise money to pay their bills. The men model their show after the Chippendales, a famous male striptease act, but they take it a step farther by going “the full Monty” — completely nude. As the men prepare for the show, they work through their fears, self-consciousness, and anxieties, overcome their inner demons and find strength in their camaraderie. The show is based on the cult hit film of the same name, and tackles gender expectations and stereotypes with humor and honest affection.  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM students shine at KCACTF

Posted on February 06, 2017

Fourteen MSUM University Theatre students recently attended the Region 5 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in Des Moines, Iowa. Students participated in several days of workshops and lectures, attended various performances, and competed in the Irene Ryan acting competition.  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Theatre Arts Faculty and Student Perform in Concert

Posted on September 22, 2016

MSUM Theatre Arts faculty Craig Ellingson and Julie Adams recently performed with MSUM students Jeanna Zenz, Joseph Schwartz, and Kyler Rayhill in a short concert for the Fargo Fine Arts Club.  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Alum Pat McDonough Retires

Posted on May 05, 2016

Pat McDonough, B.A. Theatre, 1964, has retired for the second (and last) time in a 52 year career. Having retired as Professor Emeritus at Cal State Long Beach in 2005, he became the founding VP for Academic Affairs at a brand new, private, single subject graduate school in Bethlehem, Pa. For 11 years he was a bi-coastal administrator, using several generations of telecommunications and several “facetime” visits each year to support and guide the faculty through PA “authorization” and Middle States’ initial accreditation and now standard, comprehensive accreditation. He still teaches theatre history for free in the senior university.

Commencement is today at 1 p.m.

Posted on December 18, 2014

Can’t attend commencement? Watch the ceremony live.

Minnesota State University Moorhead will award degrees to 362 students during its fall commencement program Thursday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. in the university’s Nemzek Fieldhouse. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM’s University Theatre Series presents “Carrie”

Posted on April 18, 2014

Musical production of Carrie keeps the horror

MSUM’s University Theatre Series presents new version with special effects Read the rest of this entry →

Straw Hat Players final performance starts Thursday

Posted on July 16, 2013

The Straw Hat Players are wrapping up the 50th anniversary season with A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

July 18 to 19 & 23 to 26 at 7:30 p.m., Hansen Theatre/Musical/PG13
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a non-stop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan named Philia for his young master, Hero. Read the rest of this entry →

Straw Hat continues with nostalgic favorite

Posted on July 08, 2013

Screen version was hit for Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn

Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Straw Hat Players Summer Theatre continues its 50th anniversary season with Same Time Next Year, a PG 13-rated comedy that was made into a hit movie in 1978, starring Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn. The show opens Tuesday, July 9, and continues through Friday, July 12 on the Gaede Stage in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM’s Steven Molony of “Pinching Penny” wins Indie Fest

Posted on October 29, 2012

Steven Molony, of Clever Lever Pictures has won a prestigious Award of Merit from The Indie Fest. The award was given for Molony’s exciting performance as the lead role of Alex in Dan Glaser’s feature film “Pinching Penny” which is the story of a British hypochondriac who turns to crime after becoming addicted to consumerism. As his obsession worsens, his life falls quickly into the absurd and he continues to spend himself deeper and deeper into depravity. “Pinching Penny” was shot independently on a shoestring budget of $4,000 and features exceptional promise from Glaser as a director and from Molony as a rising actor. Read the rest of this entry →

Theatre Arts Department welcomes new professor

Posted on October 02, 2012

The MSUM Theatre Arts Department welcomes Dr. Patrick Carriere to their faculty. Carriere’s studies of performance have taken him (among other places) to Japan, Russia, Stratford-upon-Avon (England), Greece and Cyprus. He has worked in over forty productions, and in four different languages (Japanese, Russian, Greek and English). He has also studied post-colonial theatre, Native American theatre, international theatre, performance, directing and scenography. He has taught at the University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University and Bemidji State University. Read the rest of this entry →

The Diviners opens Wednesday

Posted on February 21, 2011

A disillusioned Kentucky preacher. A town called Zion – population 40.

MSUM University Theatre Series presents The Diviners at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, February 23–26 on the MSUM Gaede Stage. The Diviners is complex, moving, humorous, beautiful, and tragic – a classic American play. Buy tickets online or call the MSUM Box Office at (218) 477-2271 M-F noon to 4 p.m.

MSUM Alumnus Shannon Warne Takes LA by Storm!

Posted on January 26, 2011

MSUM Alumnus Shannon Warne Takes LA by Storm!
Read an interview given by Shannon Warne to at

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