The old theatre saying, “the show must go on” is true for Wallace Community College and its Theatre program. For the past forty years, Wallace Community College has offered quality theatrical performances for the Wiregrass area. The journey began in 1972 when Mr. Terry Schembera arrived by Greyhound, fresh out of college to interview for the theatre teaching position. With nothing in hand but a suitcase, Schembera had big dreams for the theatre department at Wallace. During his first season, his dreams became a reality, as he directed Wallace’s first musical, Oklahoma
. Throughout his career, he continued to direct other popular plays and musicals, such as A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Cabaret, and Godspell.
In 1984, the last musical, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown
, was presented to audiences. Throughout Schembera’s career at Wallace, he worked closely with Fine Arts Division Director Ralph Purvis and Instructor Miklos Bencze. In 2003, the department moved from its original theatre in Wallace Hall to the current location in Bencze Theatre. The theatre was named and dedicated for renowned Wallace professor, Mr. Miklos Bencze. In addition to teaching voice at Wallace, Mr. Bencze took an active role in theatrical productions, the most memorable of which were his portrayals of Count Dracula in 1977 and 1982.
Throughout Schembera’s thirty-seven year career at Wallace, he directed over eighty productions. In 2009, Schembera hung up his directing shoes; yet, the show had to go on. A new theatre director, Savannah Granberry, welcomed the mission in 2009. In Spring 2012, the Wallace music department teamed up with the theatre department to present the college’s first musical since 1984, Hairspray
. This new tradition will continue in spring, during the even years, giving our students the opportunity to participate in a large scale musical theatre production. Each season, as the curtains open and the students take the stage, the show continues to go on.
Recent Theatre Productions
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