Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Texas A&M-Kingvsville theatre presents rock musical Tommy

KINGSVILLE - March 09, 2011

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

alternateThe stage at the Little Theatre at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will be rockin’ as the story of a young pinball wizard is told through the music of the legendary rock bank The Who. Tommy is Pete Townshend’s tale of a young boy’s journey from pain to triumph, and one of the most electrifying evenings of rock and roll to ever play in a theatre.

The Texas A&M-Kingsville Communications and Theatre Arts Department will host five performances of Tommy Tuesday and Wednesday, March 29-30, and Friday and Sunday, April 1 & 3, at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, March 31, at 2:30 p.m. Admission for all performances is $5.

After witnessing the accidental murder of his mother’s lover by his father, Tommy is traumatized into catatonia. To make matters worse, he suffers abuse at the hands of his sadistic relatives and neighbors growing up. As an adolescent, he is discovered to have an uncanny knack for playing pinball. When his mother finally breaks through his catatonia, he becomes an international pinball superstar.

Jose H. “Buddy” Trevino, a senior marketing major from Kingsville, tackles the lead role of Tommy. He has previously performed in Boxcar, Rabbit Hole, Tartuffe, Sleeping Beauty and Babes of Rydell High.

Mrs. Walker will be played by Leah Lizzett Luna, a junior theatre arts major from Del Rio. She has previously been in Las Cartas, Sylvia, The Wizard of Oz, Godspell and Little Shop of Horrors. Luna also is choreographer for this production.

Michael Mendez has the part of Captain Walker. He is a sophomore communications major/theatre arts minor from Corpus Christi. He has been in Godspell, Sylvia and Little Shop of Horrors.

Robert Posey acts as Cousin Kevin. He is a senior music major from Victoria.

The part of Sally Simpson is being played by Amanda Soto, a sophomore theatre arts major from New Jersey. She has previously acted in Las Cartas, Daughters, The Great Cross Country Race and Mama Drama.

Bobby Curiel, a freshman music major at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, will take the part of Uncle Ernie. He is from Corpus Christi and was in the Harbor Playhouse production of Rent.

Tommy at age 10 will be played by Liam Vela, a fourth grade student at Ricardo School and the son of Dr. Roberto Vela and Dr. Michelle Johnson-Vela, both faculty members at the university. Tommy at age four will be played by Ava Lopez, five years old, from Alice. She is the daughter of Sara Lopez.

Katelyn Cotton, a sophomore theatre arts major from Kingsville, will take on the part of The Gypsy. She was in Godspell, Hot Jedi Sisters and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

Lino Placencio, a freshman theatre arts major from Alice, will play the part of the Hawker and the Lover. He previously was seen in Boxcar and Wizard of Oz.

Rainbo Klein-Bellah, a fashion designer from Corpus Christi, plays the Specialist. She also is the guest costumer. She has been the costumer at the Harbor Playhouse for the past seven years.

Paul Roberts, lecturer with the communications and theatre arts department, will play the Minister. The Minister’s wife will be played by Veronica Coronado, a freshman theatre arts major from Mathis. She was formerly on the crew of Wizard of Oz.

Mr. Simpson is being played by Aaron Adame, a sophomore theatre arts major from Corpus Christi, while Mrs. Simpson is Laurie Guajardo, a senior communications/theatre arts major from Bishop. Adame has previously been in Godspell and Las Cartas. Guajardo was in Godspell, Fiddler on the Roof, Bye Bye Birdie and The King and I.

Catherine Desiderio will play Kevin’s mother and Danny Cantu will play Kevin’s father. Desiderio is a sophomore theatre and communications education major from Kingsville, while Cantu is a freshman theatre arts major from Santa Rosa. She has previously performed in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Mama Drama, Wizard of Oz and Daughters. Cantu was in Wizard of Oz.

Members of the ensemble include:

Benito Latigo, a sophomore communications major from Progreso;

Orlando Flores, a freshman theatre arts major from Odem;

Krystin Torres, a sophomore education major from Kingsville;

Alyssa M. Gonzalez, a freshman liberal arts major from Alice;

Michelle Flores, a junior theatre arts major from Alice;

Vanessa Robertson, a sophomore cosmetology major at Del Mar College from Corpus Christi;

Jennifer Sauer, a sophomore vocal performance major at Del Mar College from Corpus Christi;

Christian Acevedo, a sophomore communications/theatre arts major from San Benito;

Savanna Ramsey, a music education voice major at Del Mar College from Corpus Christi; and

Vanessa Jurado, a junior theatre arts/Spanish major from Eagle Pass.

Corey Ranson, assistant professor of communications and theatre arts, is directing Tommy. Peter Lopez is guest music director and Wendy Sauer is guest stage manager.

The book, Tommy, was written by Townshend and Des McAnuff. Townshend also wrote the music and lyrics. Additional music and lyrics were written by the late John Entwistle and the late Keith Moon.

For more information, call 361-593-3401.

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