Gale Set to Direct ATU Fall Theatre Production

Holly Ruth Gale Portrait
Holly Ruth Gale

Retired Arkansas Tech University faculty member Holly Ruth Gale is returning to campus to direct the ATU theatre and film program fall production of the musical “Godspell.”

Performances are planned for 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29. Tickets will be $10 and available at the door of Techionery Theatre, 1502 N. El Paso Ave. in Russellville. Due to construction, parking is recommended in the lot on the west side of the Hull Physical Education Building.

Gale, who started teaching music at Arkansas Tech in 1994 and became a full-time faculty member in 1997, retired at the rank of associate professor of music on Jan. 6, 2023.

The 2020 Arkansas Tech Faculty Award of Excellence winner in the scholarship and creative activity category, Gale was a long-time co-director for the ATU Music Theatre Workshop alongside faculty colleague Ken Futterer.

“Godspell” was conceived and originally directed by John-Michael Tebelak. Music and lyrics were written by Stephen Schwartz, who received a Tony Award nomination for his original score in 1977.

Performers for the ATU theatre and film program production of “Godspell” will include Rachel Barnett of Mount Vernon, Julius Chenault of Russellville, Lexie Ellis of Bryant, Lyric Graves of Greenwood, Peyton Greenwood of Greenbrier, Kaley Jones of Fayetteville, Rue Recinos of Alma, Sarah Stuckey of Little Rock, Ashlin Trahan of Clarksville and Tripp Wilson of Texarkana.

Frances Roberson, ATU assistant professor of theatre and film, serves as director for the ATU theatre and film program, which is housed in the ATU Department of Communication and Media Studies.

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