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I enjoyed the article in the Spring 1999 Wittenberg Magazine about the theatre department and its alumni.
As an alumnus of the theatre program at Wittenberg from an earlier era, I naturally continue to be interested in the achievements of students who have participated in Wittenberg’s theatre department in subsequent years.
The “Curtain Callings” article was very enjoyable. James Rebhorn, ’70, wasn’t Wittenberg’s only connection to Guarding Tess. A portion of the movie was filmed in The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown, Md.
The Maryland is a restored 1914 Vaudeville House. “Yours truly” was the founding co-chairman of the successful effort to Save The Maryland. Eventually a non-profit corporation was formed to own and operate the theatre.
After some seven years of service, including president, I was elected president emeritus, at the ripe old age of 29. At the time Guarding Tess was filmed, 1994, I was Mayor of Hagerstown having served from 1985-1997.
Wittenberg has one very historical tie to Hagerstown; it is the community that Ezra Keller moved from when he went to Springfield to found Wittenberg.
I just got my Wittenberg Magazine in the mail today and was completely absorbed in the theatre spread! Wow!
I got the Wittenberg Magazine yesterday and read the huge piece on theatre. Nice pics and great shots and blurbs from alums. Loved the old pic of Blair Hall, too. Great Job!!!!
Thanks so much for the long article on the graduates from the theatre/dance department in your latest issue! I saw a few of my classmates in those pages, and it was great to find out what they are up to.
Learning that Wittenberg has had a hand in developing so many craftspeople for the entertainment industry was a pleasant surprise. I’m happy and flattered to have been included in the group. My return to Wittenberg was fun.
The campus was still warm and inviting; the students bright and inquisitive; and the faculty and staff cordial and professional. I look forward to coming back sometime soon again.
The Wittenberg Magazine (Spring) is fascinating, especially the article “Curtain Callings.”
I am a 1950 graduate of Wittenberg with a minor in speech and drama. Dr. Brees and Dr. Kelley put me through my paces, walking the boards in Blair and traveling to other campuses with Varsity Debaters.
My membership was in both honoraries, Tau Kappa Alpha and Tau Beta Pi. I loved the fun and work with the “Bear of Blair” (Dr. Brees), and Dr. Vernon Kelley really polished my I.Q. more than any other professor.
Teaching in India, substituting in the U.S.A. on furloughs and acting for churches, schools and community theatre brought great joys because of Wittenberg. ...My husband, Pastor Elmer, graduated from Hamma Seminary in 1964.
We now take short interims to Yuma, Ariz., Papua, New Guinea, and Heber Springs, Ark. I am most thankful to Wittenberg for making my “star” twinkle. The stage is a great joy for me. Another toast to Wittenberg.
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