February 21, 2011

Special Presentation by Regent Alums

Ever been curious about the process of writing an original musical? How about how you fund and produce your work once it's written? Come to Screening Room A on February 26th at 7:00pm and find out!

Join us for...

Bruce and Michelle Long will be talking about the process of writing and producing By Grace, and will be available for Q & A after the hour-long presentation.

Synopsis of the musical:
It is 1956 and the world is abuzz with the news of actress Grace Kelly’s impending wedding to Prince Rainier III of Monaco. From the seamstresses at MGM studios creating the wedding dress to Catholic schoolgirls living vicariously through the plentiful tabloid rags, everyone is consumed by the media frenzy. No one is more intent than Grace Kelly’s family and friends who are grabbing their fifteen minutes of fame regardless of the cost to her reputation or happiness. Those surrounding the bride-to-be become more and more consumed with the attention they glean by association. Yet once the nuptials have concluded, and interest in their involvement wanes, the sudden finality of the wedding brings a slap of reality as they taste firsthand the fickleness of celebrity and the loneliness that only fleeting fame can bring.

About the Presenters:
Bruce Long and Michelle Hoppe-Long are both Alumni of Regent University. An accomplished writer and director, Michelle Hoppe-Long has worked in film, television and theatre for the past twenty years, garnering over fifty awards for her outstanding original work, creative design, and exceptional talent in both stage and screen venues, including a 2008 Crown Award for her screenplay adaptation of The List with Malcolm McDowell, released by FOX.

A member of the Dramatists Guild she has received CITA outstanding new play of 2009. Michelle was also co-creator and writer of The Knock Knock Show, a children’s television program airing on the Fox Family channel. She has directed across the country, garnering best director nods from the Southeastern Theatre Conference, and from the North Carolina Theatre Conference for the past seven consecutive years.

Michelle has used her vast experience at both the professional and educational level, investing in the future of the arts as a board member of CITA and NCTC. She works additionally as Director of Fine Arts at a private college preparatory school in Charlotte, North Carolina, her work at which, won her the honor of North Carolina K-12 Educator of the Year for 2009-2010.

Bruce is a stand-up comedian, also involved in producting feature films and theater.
For more information about By Grace, go to

February 18, 2011

Theatre Students Use Laughter for Fundraiser

By Rachel Judy

For Regent University's third-year MFA in acting students, Saturday, Feb. 12, was a night full of laughter and music and doing what they do best—entertaining an audience. The group presented a musical cabaret titled "Love Actually," which featured what they described as "an evening of musical numbers chronicling the comedy, drama and stages of relationships."

The low-key production was designed as a fundraiser for the group of actors who are planning a trip to New York in the spring. The trip will give the new graduates a chance to showcase their talents in front of industry professionals.

Third-year performers included Sean Cowan, Sharon Eyster, Andy Geffken, Chad Gilliland, Hannah Hughes, Nathan Schmidt and Tabitha Ray Strong. Schmidt provided musical accompaniment on piano.

"The New York showcase is an annual event where our third-year MFA in acting students showcase scenes for industry professionals in New York. Every year we've raised the profile of Regent University in New York with last year being our most successful showcase," explained Mark Paladini, professional-in-residence in the School of Communication & the Arts.

"As far as the musical cabaret this past weekend, we chose to use it as a fundraiser mainly because it was fun. It was a fast, easy and fun way to entertain an audience," explained Gilliland. "As we began to discuss the format of the show, we knew we wanted to perform the weekend of Valentine's Day. This led to us settling on our "Love Actually" theme, and we were on our way. We all thoroughly enjoyed the creation of this project, and we were ecstatic that the audiences loved it."

Saturday's performance also featured the Varsity Improv Players (V.I.P.), who entertained the audience with improvisational comedy games. The group is led by School of Communication & the Arts adjunct professor Derek Leonidoff.


February 11, 2011

Local Theater Company Features Regent Alums

The New Theater of Chesapeake is producing You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, featuring Regent MFA Alums Katie Fridsma as Lucy and Christopher Graham as Charlie Brown!

Below is a list of the shows dates and times. If you call the office at 288-0653
you can purchase a ticket voucher mailed to you to be redeemed at the box office for the show of your choice.
The Linda P. Overton Theater at Oscar Smith High School (1994 Tiger Drive, Chesapeake)

February 18th 7pm and February 19th 2pm

TCC The Roper Center for Performing Arts (340 Granby Street, Norfolk)

February 25th 7pm

February 26th 2pm,7pm

February 27th 2pm
One free child per adult (12 and under)

$5 Additional Children

$15 Students

$30 Adults

February 9, 2011

"Painted Rain" - A Play In One Act

Spring Lab Show - Painted Rain
Directed by Britain Willcock

This is a beautiful play about two orphans and their struggle to find a sense of normalcy in their already shattered world. When their social worker informs them that one of them is going to be adopted, their worlds are turn upside down as they try to embrace what they have before its gone.


B.A. Jessica Myers as Barbara, B.A. Gloria Powell  as Brooke and B. A. Gabrielle Davison as Sammy

COM 128 (The Acting Lab)
Friday Feb. 18th and Saturday Feb. 19th at 8:00 p.m.
Sun. Feb. 20th at 3:00pm

Seating is lmitied, first come first serve, and admission is free.

February 7, 2011

Regent alum to appear in Musical Reunion

"Reunion: A Musical Epic in Miniature" runs Feb. 9 through March 6, 2011, at Meadow Brook Theatre, on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, featuring Regent MFA alum Rob Arbaugh as Tom Trudgett.
“Twenty-five years after the assassination of President Lincoln, a traveling group of actors and singers tells tales of the Civil War and our nation's struggle to remain together. Actual journal entries and letters from eyewitnesses, along with multimedia images of events, combine with songs of the period immerse the audience in the struggle to keep the Union together.”

Congratulations, Rob!

Read more: http://detroit.broadwayworld.com/article/Meadow_Brook_Theatre_Presents_REUNION_2936_20110202

February 2, 2011

Graduating MFA's present...

Saturday, February 12 at 8:00pm - February 13 at 3:00pm

Regent University Library Lecture Theatre

1000 Regent University Drive

Virginia Beach, VA



Who: Cohort C, The Graduating MFA in Acting Class at Regent University

What: An evening of musical numbers chronicling the comedy, drama, and stages of relationships.


8:00 PM- Saturday, February 12, 2011

3:00 PM - Sunday, February 13, 2011

Why: To begin the fund-raising drive for our trip to New York City to perform in a Showcase for industry professionals.
List of Performers include: Sean Cowan, Tiffany Evans, Sharon Eyster, Andy Geffken, Chad Gilliland, Hannah Hughes, Nathan Schmidt and Tabitha Ray Strong