Dr. Jennifer Corder and the Hill College Players present One Christmas Eve at Evergreen Mall

  Jessyca Brown
  Monday, November 28, 2022 8:09 AM
  Performing Arts

Hillsboro, TX

This holiday season, the Hill College Players, an ensemble of students and faculty from across a wide variety of disciplines will present One Christmas Eve at Evergreen Mall. The Players, led by Dr. Jennifer Corder, professor of drama, have a long history of producing quality theatre enjoyed by Hill College and the surrounding communities. Every year the Hill College Players produce at least three productions and students are invited to direct, design, and, of course, act in these productions. 

This past summer, Dr. Corder was awarded a Faculty Study Grant to attend the Broadway Teachers Workshop in New York City. The three-day workshop offered numerous sessions with Broadway performers, directors, designers, and producers, including a Q&A session with Tony-winner Harvey Fierstein, a directing Sondheim intensive with Lonny Price, and a “Path to Broadway” with cast members of The Music Man. In addition, there were workshops on intimacy coordination; scenic design and directing; and diversity, equity, and inclusion in educational theatre. 

“Learning about new technologies, methods, educational trends, and safety in the theatre (both physical and mental) has played a huge role in how I now approach classes and productions,” Dr. Corder stated.

At the conference, Dr. Corder was also able to attend five Broadway shows—Into the Woods, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, Funny Girl, The Play That Goes Wrong, and the Tony-winning revival of Company.

“This opportunity allowed me to provide students with new methodology and that is playing out across all courses in the theatre department—Theatre Appreciation, Acting I, Stagecraft I & II, Stage Makeup, Directing, Script Analysis, Theatre Design, and Theatre Practicum.”

Dr. Corder also commented, “Attending the Broadway Teachers Workshop was a fantastic opportunity and I thank the college for awarding me the funds to attend and grow as an educator and a theatre practitioner.”

Students who are interested in benefiting from Dr. Corder’s experiences can register for upcoming courses for the spring semester, including Stage Makeup, Theatre Practicum, History of Theatre I, and Directing.

Ticket prices One Christmas Eve at Evergreen Mall are $5.00 for general admission and free for Hill College students, faculty, and staff (with ID).

The performance will be held at the Vara Martin Daniel Performing Arts Center Hill County campus in Hillsboro on December 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m., and December 3 at 2:30 p.m.

For more information on the Arts and Humanities program, visit www.hillcollege.edu. For general questions, call 254.659.7500