Theatre Program

Past Theatre Productions

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Cook Fund

Since 2010, major productions of Evangel’s Theatre Program have been generously underwritten in
part by the Gary D. and Janet S. Cook Theatre Production Fund, which was established as a seed fund
in 2004 by the Cooks to support the technical and visual aspects of the stage environment. The Cook
family has made it possible for us to present high-quality productions of blockbuster musicals such as
Hello, Dolly! (Spring 2011) as well as classic plays such as King Lear (Spring 2012) and The
Crucible (Spring 2016).

The Department of Humanities, of which the Theatre Program is a part, remains committed to staging
serious, award-winning drama across the range from comedy to tragedy. In recent years, we have
also produced A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado about Nothing, and The Miracle Worker as
well as immensely popular musicals such as Beauty and the Beast and My Fair Lady. In Spring 2013
and Spring 2014, respectively, the Cooks provided support for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
and Oliver Twist; in Spring 2015, their fund helped us to produce Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your
Gun. The 2016-17 season will bring us Trifles in the fall and The Music Man in the spring.

On August 30, 2005, Janet Cook went to be with the Lord. Her awareness of the purpose and vision
of the Cook Fund was totally compatible with that of her husband, Gary, an undergraduate speech-
and-drama major at Evangel, who established the Fund in her honor. The Cooks’ invaluable support
continues to be a major advantage to our theatre professors as they teach students how to elevate their
professional visions for their own future stage productions. With the advanced construction and tech-
support experiences made possible by the Gary D. and Janet S. Cook Theatre Production Fund, our
Theatre majors can go into their professional careers with confidence in their abilities to bring their
staging ideas into dramatic reality.

The Cooks have established an example of generosity for others to follow. One current need in the
Theatre Program is replacement of our sound and light boards so that students can be trained on up-
to-date equipment and so that we will not have to rent supplemental equipment for our more-complex
productions. Other potential donors who would like to support our Theatre Program in material ways
should contact the following persons: Dr. Vickie Wisdom, Associate Professor of Theatre and Dr. Nathan Nelson, Chair of the Humanities Department. Initial telephone contact may be also be made with Mrs. Judy Peebles, our Administrative Assistant, at 1-417- 865-2815, ext. 8640.



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